Boy fighting cancer gets personal message from Pharrell Williams

Boy fighting cancer gets personal message from Pharrell Williams

Credit: Brian Billeck

At 9-years-old, he should be doing what kids do and not worrying about things like cancer. Fate had a different plan. Damon, a San Antonio boy recently diagnosed with Osteosarcoma bone cancer got a surprise message from Pharrell Williams.

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by Jeff Anastasio / KENS 5

KREM.com

Posted on February 27, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Updated Thursday, Feb 27 at 4:04 PM

 At 9-years-old, he should be doing what kids do and not worrying about things like cancer.

Fate had a different plan.  

Damon, a San Antonio boy who was recently diagnosed with Osteosarcoma bone cancer, is going through tough times now.  The entire family is.   

Still, Damon keeps his spirits up by listening to his favorite song "Happy" by Pharrell Williams.  It's the catchy tune that just hit No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100.
 
With that in mind, family friend Mark Landis hatched a plan. Writing on his Facebook page, he hoped to further lift Damon's spirits by getting an autographed photo of Pharrell for the boy. 

Mark, VP of Programming with L&L Broadcasting called in a favor never imagining what would happen next.
 
Pharrell left an amazing personal message of love and support on Youtube.

 

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In the video Pharrell commended Damon on his bravery and urged him to embrace the present.  

"The past you can't change, the future you can only contemplate, the present is malleable," Pharrell said.  "That's why it's a gift because you can do whatever you want with it.  So my suggestion to you is to take this moment right now and recognize this is the new you."
 
The music star told Damon he's welcome at any show and encouraged the boy to keep fighting.
 
"This is your moment right now and your life is just beginning."   

Brian Billeck, Damon's dad says the entire family is overwhelmed and humbled by the support as they take the next stages in treatment.  

"I've never seen anyone, let alone a 9-year-old have such a happy positive outlook on something so horrible.  He's my hero!" Brian wrote on Facebook.  
 
Pharrell will sing his hit song on the Academy Awards this Sunday night.  You never know, Damon just might get a personal shout-out in front of millions of people.

 
A benefit fund has been created for Damon.
Frost Bank
Damon Billeck Benefit Fund
PO Box 2503
Universal City, TX 78148
 

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