A great story about inspirational local icon Cassidy Huff â€“ B-Town BlogÂ columnist and Burien ‘Citizen of the Year’ who hasÂ gone through 41 surgeries â€“ was posted on the Seattle Children’s blog, and it’s worth a read:
More than a year ago, 15-year-old Cassidy Huff was celebrating her birthday at Seattle Childrenâ€™s on the eve of her 39th surgery. She was doing what makes her happiest â€“ singing and playing her ukulele. She performed in front of a small crowd made up of her friends, family and medical team. One of the songs she sang was called â€œHalo,â€ a parody of Adeleâ€™s popular song â€œHello,â€ and an ode to the metal device around her head that would soon be removed. â€œWhen Iâ€™m playing I donâ€™t think,â€ said Cassidy. â€œEverything around me disappears, and itâ€™s just me. Music has always been my outlet. It tells a story and gives people an inside look into who I am.â€ For Cassidy, itâ€™s okay to not be normal. In her words, â€œNormal is overrated.â€ To other people facing adversity and obstacles, she wants them to know she understands. Her message is simple: Believe in yourself. Itâ€™s a message she takes to heart. One day, she believes sheâ€™ll be performing on Broadway. This concert is one step closer to that dream. Today, Cassidy is preparing for another performance, this time for a much larger crowd. Sheâ€™s working with Grammy-winning composer Mateo Messina on an original song for Messinaâ€™s 20th annual Seattle Childrenâ€™s benefit concert called Epoch. Sheâ€™ll be performing the song alongside the Northwest Symphony Orchestra in front of nearly 2,500 people at Benaroya Hall.[fbvideo link=”https://www.facebook.com/mateomessinacomposer/videos/10155552821065630/” width=”500″ height=”400″ onlyvideo=”1″]
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Mateo Messinaâ€™s 20th annual benefit concert, presented by the LUMA Guild, weaves common themes from our lives, inspired by the unique era we are living in, and written to embrace and celebrate our interconnectedness. To purchase tickets to Epoch on Nov. 10 at 8 p.m. visit LUMA Guildâ€™s event page.
Ticket purchases will directly benefit Seattle Childrenâ€™s and pediatric cancer research.