An Anderson County boy and a Greenville trumpet player have been connected through The Salvation Army to help make the boy's wish come true.
At 12 years old, Robert Libby has already endured two open-heart surgeries.
"I had a hole in my heart and blood leaking backwards because of a valve," Robert said.
Robert said music is the way he escapes. So, when his trumpet broke, it put a damper on his spirits. His mom wasn't sure how she was going to be able to afford a new one. She contacted The Salvation Army's Angel Tree program, hoping to fulfil her son's wish.
"I have band that's my joy of the day," Robert said.
Lisa Price, a Salvation Army volunteer and FOX Carolina employee, heard about Robert's plight and started scouring websites, hoping to find a new trumpet for him.
While checking Craigslist, Price came across a listing from Jacob Painter, who had a trumpet for sale for $80. After hearing about Robert's predicament, Painter said he knew he had to help.
"It reminded me of myself when I was his age," Painter said. "All I could think about was band in middle and high school."
Painter, who has enlisted in the Marines and wants to play with the Marine Corps Band, decided he wanted to donate his trumpet to Robert's cause. So, he handed the trumpet over to The Salvation Army which delivered it to Robert on Thursday night.
"I don't know how else I would've gotten him another one or got the one he had fixed," said Robert's mother, Peggy Kay.
Robert couldn't wait to play it. "I'm going to play until my lungs explode!"
The Salvation Army's Angel Tree program begins the day after Thanksgiving. For more on how you can grant a needy child's wish, visit our Angel Tree section.
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