Internet, Internet, Internet, a place where we come across some mindblowing things.
Today, I came across an Interview which covered the story of a father who has taken his ailing son (suffering from cerebral palsy) to more than 1200 gigs.
Father Richard Mcdied’s son Mason, has loved heavy metal music since he was a toddler. When Mason was a baby, his dad said in an interview, all he did was cry — until Richard put on a Metallica music video. Then, the crying stopped.
“Afterwards, it started happening in the car whenever Metallica was on. He would calm down and relax. At first, it was only Metallica and then grew to other bands.”
When Mason turned 12, Richard took him to his first concert. Since then, he’s been to more than 1,200 and has seen Metallica 8 times. Mason doesn’t let cerebral palsy affect him from enjoying his life and enjoying heavy metal music.
In 2017, Mason was hospitalized with a 107.9-degree fever, and for a short while, things weren’t looking good. It was then that Richard decided to start Mason MetalFest, a birthday celebration with music, friends, and more.
“Mason was still not 110%, but we had 10 bands playing and so many of Mason’s friends and supporters from the metal scene came out. All those people were nothing but positive, and it was a turning point in his path to recovery,” Richard said.
Since then, Mason MetalFest has become an annual fundraising event to help raise awareness for cerebral palsy. And this summer, Richard and Mason are roads tripping from Minnesota to Montreal to go to Heavy Montreal — where they’ll be hanging out with bands like Slayer, Anthrax, and more!