Michael Sees Billy Joel

February 25, 2016

On his 16th birthday, we sent Michael to see his musical idol Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden. His reaction upon finding out about the grant, captured in the video below, is priceless. Michael has a rare eye disease and is nearly blind. Music – especially piano music – is his true passion in life and the concert was a true once-in-a-lifetime experience, which his mother wrote about in this moving blog post: bit.ly/1TE01qJ

“Michael smiled ear to ear all night. He sang along to every single song. The concert was everything he wanted it to be and he was on cloud nine. A member of the band’s crew handed Michael the drummer’s sticks and guitar pick that Billy Joel used that night. I think Michael stopped breathing for a few minutes – he froze in utter disbelief. What a way to end the perfect concert experience!”

Special thanks to Billy Joel’s management for arranging back-stage passes and VIP tickets to this show.