Sammy Hodgett received a letter recently that put a huge smile on his face and left him speechless. The letter was an invitation to country superstar Blake Shelton's concert at the TaxSlayer Center in Moline, Illinois (just outside of Chicago), and it made a dream come true for the 8-year-old cancer survivor.
"It's crazy, I just can't even believe it, and you know, he's this big star, and you feel like they don't always have time to look at that kind of thing," said Sammy's mom, Becky Hodgett.According to WQAD News 8, Shelton invited Hodgett and his family to the February concert on his "Country Music Freaks" tour after seeing the news story about his battle with T-Cell Lymphoblastic Leukemia.
Doctors diagnosed the young Illinois resident three years ago, and after his reaction to chemotherapy, doctors had to place him in a medically-induced coma for six weeks, which resulted in Hodgett having to learn how to walk, talk, and eat again.
To get him through the tough times, Hodgett's family played Shelton's song Boys Round Here during his recovery, and it was one thing he recognized. His mom said it was overwhelming when her son said that he knew the song.
She went on to say that it is amazing that her family is all together and no longer in the hospital.
Social Media Paid Off For The Hodgett FamilyMeeting Shelton was actually on Hodgett's Make-A-Wish list, but the singer wasn't in the area at the time. So, the family decided to try to get his attention on Facebook, and their efforts paid off.
Hodgett is now in remission and is facing about seven more months of chemotherapy. But, with the concert to look forward to, he will be getting through it by singing his favorite Blake Shelton songs.
Shelton Also Reached Out After A Recent Tragic Car AccidentFor the 41-year-old star of The Voice, compassion comes naturally after tragedy. CMT reports that Shelton sent a video to the small town of Warren, Massachusetts after three teenagers from the local Quaboag Regional Middle/High School died in a terrible car accident. He told the mourning audience that he had just found about the wreck and it broke his heart. In the video, Shelton shared the story of how he lost his brother, Richie, to an auto accident when he was a teenager. He said losing someone that way is the "worst possible feeling," and there is confusion, anger, and complete brokenness. He understood that it was going to take a long time for people to heal.
He then gave the victims' family and friends some advice. He said to try to find comfort in the fact that they are in a better place and God has a plan. He added that he still misses his brother every day.
Catch do-gooder Blake Shelton Monday nights on The Voice on NBC.