GEORGETOWN — A young disabled boy’s dream to play air guitar turned into more than he bargained for last week during a show at the Kings Playhouse.
Well known country singer George Canyon, in town for one of his regular visits to perform two shows in the Kings County capital, had a chance to meet Brayden White, one of his biggest fans.
The seven-year-old not only got to sit in the front row of the theatre in a special chair, but got to play Canyon’s guitar in the dressing room before the show.
“Brayden just loves the sound of a guitar,’’ said father Melvin Ford.
And if that’s not enough of a huge thrill for a little fellow with Down’s syndrome, the Nova Scotia-based singer also left a special gift before he headed home from his Prince Edward Island visit.
“It was just overwhelming when I went to my computer and there was a thank you card from George,’’ said Ford, who acts as operating manager at the Georgetown Inn where Canyon was staying.
When it was opened, Canyon, who spent time the previous day talking to Ford about the needs of a disabled child, had left $300 in cash and asked the misty eyed father to buy an iPad for his young son.
“I just couldn’t believe it,’’ said Ford.
“George had asked about the special needs Brayden required and we were talking about how a special chair at the school is something I was trying to look after, and then I mentioned how his teachers had mentioned how an iPad could assist him in learning. Words just can’t express how heartwarming such a special gift was to receive from George and for someone like him to do this for Brayden.”
The youngster attends Georgetown elementary school and will soon have his own iPad.