It was a quiet night at louisville radio station when the phones started lighting up.
The song just played struck a healing note in a community pained by tragedy. Local boy Seven Bridges. Just 10 years old took his life(The song was Be Alright.)
He had a colostomy for much of his young life and struggled with the pain of multiple surgeries and bullying at school.
Damon Little a Gospel singer learned of the detais of the child's death and a flood of emotion came over him.."A flashback came to me, I had blocked it out for years. The kids story is my life.
I was torn into pieces," Little recounts. Little was born with a birth defect that resulted in a colostomy during much of his childhood. He had five to six surgeries over the years before a sucessful
final reversal surgery around the age of nine.
He was often teased by kids who did not understand his condition, but he still was a popular student. He remembered being told that he would never have children or do things that his peers did.
Those around him did not undertand that you could live a full life with an ostomy.
"Little says seven story hit him in his heart. Nothing shook me or got my attention like this. I needed to raise awareness."
His ostomy outreach goes way beyound the stage. In South Carolina, He gave hope to a grandmother with a new granddaughter born with a birth defect that required an ostomy.
A young man aprroached Little and told him his brother had Chrohns disease. The doctors wanted him to get an ostomy, his brother refused becaause he couldn't see living like that. He later died.
It's amazing to me that something that happened to me over thirty years ago is still powerfull and can touch peoples lives. I felt like giving up at times as a kid. "A lot of people knew I was a sick kid,
But I was a blessed child. Music was my outlet", Little confessed.
Little wants people to know they are not alone. All kids that are ending up with ostomies that are being bullied, they have to know there is HOPE.
Damon Little/Be Alright-2019/Utube
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