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This Georgia gent goes well and above for his fans.

Perri Ormont Blumberg
July 19, 2017

As any fan of the popular country music group, the Zac Brown Band, knows, listening to their upbeat tracks can be the difference between slinking into a bad mood slump and feeling empowered to power through your day. Now, for one superfan of the group who's been going through some particularly difficult times, Zac Brown himself decided to bring a dose of their signature positive energy to him. 

Thomas Schoettle, 17, was excited to see his favorite band play on July 14th, but tragically became paralyzed after a diving accident in June. Schoettle would have to miss the show he was so looking forward to attending and so a family friend took to Facebook to try lift his spirits. 

Dear Zac, I know you must get many requests but I figured I’d give it a shot. My [son's] best friend who is 17 years had a serious accident recently. They get tickets and go to your concert every time you come to the Philadelphia area. You are his favorite band. Unfortunately, on 6/27/17 Thomas dove into an 5 foot above ground pool and suffered a severe spinal cord injury and is paralyzed. At 17, the reality of the possibility of paralysis for the remainder of his life is difficult to accept. Missing your concert this, Friday 7/14/17, is actually his first reality check as far as things he will miss and things he won't be able to do. I know your schedule is super busy and I know its a long shot, but, would there be any chance you could visit him, if only for a couple minutes. Maybe by seeing you he may realize there is still hope. He is currently at a Bryn Mawr rehab facility outside Philadelphia. If you can't I understand your time restraints but I thought it was worth a shot.

Thanks for you time.

Dr. Anthony J. Mela

Sure enough, Dr. Mela's thoughtful request was answered and Brown took a break from his busy touring schedule to visit with Schoettle in the hospital for an hour. Watch the video captured by Thomas' mother, Samantha Springfield-Schoettle, below.

I'm hoping this shows all of the video of Thomas's visitor today. Instagram cuts some of it

Posted by Samantha Springfield-Schoettle on Saturday, July 15, 2017

 

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The family also reports that the day before, the band dedicated a song to him at their New Jersey concert. A GoFundMe page has been established to help support Thomas.