Ave Maria Turns Out for Randall's Benefit
Four bands played all types of rock music Sunday night at a benefit concert in the Ave Maria town center, but the most popular number was a children's song. A large crowd of students and residents joined in a rousing rendition of "The Wheels on the Bus," led by 6-year-old Randall Nychyck, a Ft. Myers boy who suffers from a brain tumor.
Published on Monday, 31 August 2009 02:09
The benefit concert was organized by Ave Maria University senior John Jochum, who met the young boy earlier this year. (At right, John backs up Randall on "The Wheels on the Bus.")
"We met him at a party, and he just wanted to do it," Randall's mom, Nikki Nychyck said as she watched her son at the center of the stage. "It's amazing."
John said that when he met Randall earlier this year while playing at a barbecue he was moved by the boy's interest in the guitar.
"He reminded me of what I was like at age six," John told crowd, "and I wanted to do something."
Judging by the large number of people -- well over 400 -- who filled an open guitar case with donations, lots of other people wanted to do something, too.
Randall was presented with a new guitar (left) donated by Guitar Center in Ft. Myers. He promptly strode to the microphone and sang "The Wheels on the Bus," followed by a few of his favorite jokes.
Money raised in the benefit will go to pay for guitar lessons for Randall and also to benefit his family.
Click here for an earlier story on Randall in the Naples Daily News