As someone who loves to play music, Keegan never imagined he would have the opportunity to attend the GRAMMY Awards to see his favorite artists perform.
“I’ve always wanted to go to a big award show like the GRAMMYs and experience what it’s like to be in the theater and on the red carpet,” said Keegan, who was excited to see one of his favorite bands, Red Hot Chili Peppers, perform their music. “I like to play the guitar and to see my musical heroes in person was the perfect wish.”
Keegan found out he would receive a wish just when he needed it most.
“Keegan was diagnosed with a brain tumor, had just finished chemotherapy, and was getting ready to start radiation when he found out he would be getting a wish. It gave him something to look forward to, and it was something he could focus on while he was going through treatment,” said Keegan’s mom, Maureen.
Keegan, along with the three other wish kids and their families from across the country, flew to Los Angeles and received the VIP treatment for the week.
“Interacting with the other wish kids was best part of it. Seeing the other kids, having meals with them and spending time with other families was so refreshing. We don’t really know many people who have gone through something like this, but all of these families have. It was so nice to be near families in similar situations.” Maureen said.
They visited the GRAMMY Museum, attended private rehearsals, and, even were treated to hair and make-up before heading to the GRAMMYs red carpet.
While at the star-studded show, Keegan not only watched some of his favorite musicians sing on stage, but he was able to meet and talk with them on the red carpet.
Keegan was the most star-struck by Chad Smith, the drummer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
“I talked to him and I told him how much I love the Red Hot Chili Peppers. He was really nice,” Keegan said.
“Keegan took guitar lessons when he was much younger but wasn't very enthusiastic at the time. During treatment, he listened to Red Hot Chili Peppers, along with other music, and started playing the guitar a lot more and I think that helped him get through it all as well,” Maureen said.
While at GRAMMY Awards Keegan was able to see his favorite band preform live.
“My favorite part of the show was when Post Malone and the Red Hot Chili Peppers performed together,” Keegan said. “It was cool to see them collaborate because they are two of my favorite artists. While Keegan loved meeting the celebrities and watching his favorite band perform live, the part that impressed him the most was how everyone went above and beyond for him and the other wish kids, nicknamed the “Fearless Four."
“Seeing what people would do for someone they had never met, a kid they have never met, was cool. All of the wish kids who were there have gone through a hard time, and to see people go out of their way to make sure we had a special time, it was a really great way to move on from my diagnosis and treatment to concentrate on being a kid again,” Keegan said.