The IMC Magazine Issue 15 /May 2016 - Page 70

currently battling and inoperable tumor and has been undergoing chemotherapy for the past year and his family is taking it day to day and one step at a time. His father Dave said: “In addition to Holmes being his hero, he is very good at reminding us of how precious life is and they strive to do their best to enjoy each moment.”

Closing out the evening was Country Music Singer/Songwriter David Britt who has written over 800 songs and has released two albums, “David Britt” and “Country Flow”. He is currently working on a third album which will be released in late 2016.

I have had the opportunity to watch many of the videos David has released on YouTube so I was familiar with his music but seeing him perform live was a night to remember. David’s high energy performance of original and cover songs had the audience up and dancing.

Several times throughout his performance he talked about the reason why he organized this event, and it was obvious to anyone present how important and meaningful this event was to David.

Making the evening more emotional was seeing how much fun Holmes was having as he watched his father Dave Desmelik, Reeve Cobbs and David Britt perform.

It was truly an amazing and inspirational evening. David Britt stated that every 3 seconds a parent is given the devastating news that their child is diagnosed with cancer. What I found impressive was that David made sure that 100% of all proceeds raised/received from sponsors, ticket sales and donations went directly to the hospital that has given treatment to Holmes, as well as many other children battling cancer.

One of the goals of this event was to bring awareness to the great work that is being done at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and also by The Children's Brain Tumor Tissue Consortium, also known as the (CBTTC), which is a collaborative multi-institutional cooperative research program dedicated to the study of childhood brain tumors.

David Britt