In the quiet evening hours, Liam comes up with his best ideas. Although symptoms of his metabolic disease sometimes makes it difficult to write, the 17-year-old is brimming with positivity and composes heartfelt messages of love, happiness, safety, and respect. In fact, it was the uplifting song lyrics by his favorite singer, Gavin DeGraw that drew him to the artist’s work and inspired Liam’s wish to meet and spend time with the singer at his Florida studios.
The morning of his wish, Liam receives the star treatment as he climbs into a stretch limo. Led by a police escort, they make a surprise stop at Liam’s school where hundreds of students cheer him on and wish him well.
As he touched down in Florida, butterflies fill Liam’s stomach – soon he would meet his music idol! Upon entering Red Room Recorders studios, a beaming Gavin DeGraw greets him. Within the first few minutes, Liam felt completely at ease as the two dish about their favorite music, discuss their personal joys and challenges, and laugh heartily together. With Gavin at the keyboard, the pair share song lyrics and sing for hours. Gavin even invites Liam to attend his concert at Bush Gardens, where he receives several shout outs from the singer throughout the night.
“Meeting Gavin has given Liam the best medication ever,” says Liam’s mom, Mary Ellen. Liam’s wish helped him to replace uncertainty with renewed confidence, energy, and hope for the future. “It’s been one of the most life-changing experiences,” Liam says.