Alena Meets Dashboard Confessional

June 25, 2015

Alena has lived with chronic systemic sclerosis for years, a rare and incurable disease that affects the fibers that provide overall support for the body. She was nervous about being able to stand comfortably through an entire concert and ended up enjoying a show by one of her favorite bands from the comfort of a VIP box, where members of the band came up to meet Alena and wish her well.

“Getting to speak with Chris Carrabba, the lead singer of Dashboard, was definitely the highlight. Being able to speak with someone that has had an impact on your life at some point is pretty amazing and humbling. I had first listened to Dashboard Confessional while I was in college, something I had previously thought was unattainable due to my illness. I have many great memories of listening to them during many milestones from my life during those college years while exceeding not only other people’s expectations for me, but the ones I had placed on myself.”

Thank you so much for everything! I was able to see a band and have accommodations that I would have probably not had if not for you. Being able to be comfortable and enjoy the show was amazing and came at a point in my life when I needed to be reminded to keep going, keep fighting for what I am able to do, to keep moving forward.”