HARKER HEIGHTS, Texas (KWTX) It was a dream come true for a 16-year-old boy from Harker Heights who’s living with some major disabilities.
Jason Maldonado says he’s Blake Shelton's number one fan, and on Sept. 22 he got to see his idol in concert in Wichita, Kan., but that's not all.
Jason is autistic, and has attention deficit disorder, and a condition called hydrocephalus, which is the result of an excessive accumulation of fluid in the brain.
His mother, Christina, tried unsuccessfully to reach Shelton through social media and email in hopes of getting Jason to a concert.
Eventually she contacted a nonprofit in New Braunfels called Hydro Angels Over America, which Sheri Burdine, who was diagnosed with hydrocephalus when she was 11, founded in 2010 to help others with the condition.
"We do not donate to find a cure, what we do is help people living with hydrocephalus and their families." Burdine said, and that’s what she went to work for do after hearing from Christina.
"I saw all these little tweets she was putting out (in which) she said ‘please Blake Shelton meet Jason’ and you don't even know how many cards and posts that I saw and I am like OMG, please help me. I have to get ahold of Blake Shelton I have to have this little boy meet him so without telling her I started researching, Burdine said.
Burdine contacted a talent agency, worked her magic and told Christina to pack her bags.
"She played a major role getting that done for us and then she did this," Christina said.
Not only did Jason get to attend a private acoustic concert before Shelton’s performance, but also he got front row seats for the show and to top it all off he even got to meet the country star.
"I got to meet him and mommy put it on Facebook," Jason said.
"He was nice and he's 40 years old and his birthday is June 18.”
"Dreams were coming true everywhere," Christina said.
"I know that connection between him and Jason will last a lifetime," said Burdine.
"He watches the video every night of him meeting Blake and the acoustic set he watches it every day and talks about it every day," she said.
Jason’s memories will last a lifetime, and so will Christina’s gratitude to Burdine and Shelton for making the magical moments possible.
"I was crying and one point during the real concert I saw Blake looking at me and I think Blake was looking at me to see if I was still crying,” Christina said.