Friday, May 24, 2013

Help make a dream come true for the boy who made Teamsters cry

Watch to the end.

Christopher Duffley, the 10-year-old blind boy who made Teamsters cry at the 2011 convention, is now 12 years old and hoping to cut two albums.

Christopher was born blind with cocaine in his system, weighed just 28 ounces and was diagnosed with autism. But he makes up for his problems with his voice and his spirit. For the past few years he has inspired audiences with his singing in churches, sporting events, conventions, concerts, military functions, and conferences throughout the U.S. and Canada. (You can view a short video about his life here.)

Our brothers and sisters at Teamsters Local 25 in Boston have worked with Christopher for several years in promoting autism awareness. That's how he came to the union's convention, where he delivered an inspiring version of "Lean On Me." He has raised thousands of dollars for autism causes by singing at Local 25's annual gala.

Now Local 25 is helping him in his quest to cut two albums through the Kickstarter crowd funding program. He wants to record two kinds of albums: 
#1  ·Inspirational Christian Music: including “Open the Eyes of My Heart”, “Amazing Grace,” and “I Can Only Imagine.” 
# 2  ·Inspirational & Patriotic Music:, including “Lean on Me”, “God Bless the USA" and "God Bless America". 
AND.... at least one video of his life story to be included with each recording....
He needs $70,000 to pay for royalties, studio musicians, travel, marketing and technical help. He already has 40 backers but he needs more.

His Kickstarter post assures potential backers he can get the job done:
Anyone familiar with Christopher’s story knows that challenges have never stopped him from succeeding. Since Christopher has completed some recording in the Nashville area, he is quite able to produce what we have promised and more! The money raised in this campaign will make this project possible, to record in Nashville, Tennessee with world-class musicians, producers, studios and engineers. We can't extend our hearts enough in thanking you for entrusting us with your investment!
Click here to help Christopher out.