Music is medicine. That phrase is so true for nine-year-old Connor Offill, who is bullied at school for having Tourette's syndrome. He is picked on by his peers for not being able to control his tics and his need to wear leg braces so he doesn't walk on his toes.
Connor's mom, Gloria Bechtel, told a local news station that when, "He has bad days or gets his feelings hurt from other kids, he comes home and blasts country music... It makes him feel better."
On his Kick The Dust Up tour, Luke stopped in Connor's hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio In August, and spotted Connor in the crowd holding up a sign that read, "My dream is to meet and sing with my hero Luke".
Stopping dead in his tracks, Luke took the poster from Connor and brought him on stage to sing "Someone Else Calling You Baby"!
Luke had no clue Connor was being bullied, but he definitely brightened his day, as did Brett Eldredge, who brought Connor on stage during a concert in June. Brad Paisley also stopped in Cincinnati, and spotted Connor in the audience, and he also brought Connor on stage!
Connor has #TouretteSyndrome, but that didn’t stop him from singing on stage with all 3 of his heroes – @BrettEldredge, @LukeBryan, and @BradPaisley – at summer concerts in #Cincinnati this year. His mom, Gloria, shared her son’s story on our blog after the first concert in June to raise awareness for his condition. “#Countrymusic is like medicine to my 9-year-old son,” she wrote. Go to http://wp.me/pFThB-4Uj to read Connor's story.
After these unexpected performances, Bechtel said Connor, "Became a little more talkative and a little less shy and self-conscious around others."
We are so happy these three artists are apart of Connor's journey to managing his Tourette's and that they could put a smile on his face!
Watch the amazing moment below.
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