Strangers Help Disabled Man See His Hero

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By Fox 4 Newsroom, Courtesy CNN

OVERLAND PARK,  Missouri — Two strangers became heroes to an Independence family at the Blake Shelton concert at Oak Park Mall on last Saturday.

Patrick Connelly’s wheelchair kept him from being able to actually see his favorite country singer perform at the concert, until those two strangers stepped in to help.

“Patrick started crying because he couldn’t see Blake Shelton, he couldn’t see anything but the legs of the people in front of him,” said Cheryl Connelly, mother.

Connelly and her daughter tried to hold Patrick, who suffers from a number of physical and mental disabilities, up for a better view, but the 100-degree heat quickly got to them.

All of a sudden, two strangers offered to hold him up. The men held Patrick for over 20 minutes, even though they were sweaty and visibly tired.

“Today in this world you don’t see that much heartfelt kindness from strangers,” said Connelly.

They even took him to the front of the stage for the rest of the concert where Patrick got to shake Blake’s hand.

“I can’t thank them enough and what that meant for my family, and especially for Patrick, for what it meant for him to be able to see that,” Connelly said. “It brought tears to my daughter and myself.”

After the concert, Patrick was able to go backstage and meet his hero.

“He loved it, he was so amazing, he was so happy, he actually got to see him up close and he was really, really happy and excited he got the opportunity to do that. It meant a lot to our family,” Connelly said.

Even though Connelly said she thanked the men at the concert, she still wanted to tell her story to FOX 4 to make sure the men know how much this experience meant to her and her son.