MASON CITY, Iowa — An Iowa kid is hoping his YouTube video will go viral so he can meet his favorite country singer.
Meet Joseph, a third-grader at Roosevelt Elementary School in Mason City.
Joseph’s teachers helped him make a video that he hopes will reach Luke Bryan, who is expected to play in Cedar Falls in February.
In the video, Joseph holds cards that tell his story of living with cerebral palsy, seizures and hydrocephalus, which requires a shunt to drain fluid from his brain. He also had to be fed through a tube for several years.
“My life hasn’t been easy, but I dream big,” one card says.
The video explains that Joseph has been on dialysis for most of his life and suffered a major loss a few years ago.
“In 2013, my mom and I lost our home and car in a flood,” a card reads. “Despite all this, I’m a happy kid and recently, things have been turning around for me.”
Joseph received a kidney transplant in March 2015, no longer requiring the third-grader to be on dialysis.
He says that while on dialysis, he introduced his doctor to country music and they loved listening to Luke Bryan.
“Luke Bryan is my FAVORITE country singer of all time!” one card reads.
So when Joseph found out that Bryan is playing at the UNI Dome on Feb. 20, just an hour from his home, he had a request.
“I wanted Luke to come to my school and dress up as Tweets, our school mascot. My teachers decided to make me this video in hopes it would reach Luke Bryan,” Joseph’s cards say.
The video ends with:
“Never give up! Love, Joseph.”
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