Fourteen-year-old Justice Smith cranks up the volume to powwow, drum and singing group Northern Cree every single day. Then when they were coming down to London for the Junos, the young professional dancer was over the moon when he learned he would get the chance to watch the Alberta-based group perform on Thursday, March 14, in London. However things changed when days before the show, Justice, who is battling Leukemia, fell ill after a series of harsh chemotherapy treatments left him with painful side effects. He was no longer able to attend the show and thought he would miss his chance.
Fortunately for Justice, his father had a plan, his dad attended the show and then went to speak to the group backstage and told them his story. Once they knew what was up Northern Cree didn’t hesitate to bring some of their show to Justice.
That is how on Friday Justice was sitting in his hospital bed at 1:30 pm when five members of Northern Cree walked in. They met with Justice and shared stories and songs and gifted him a drum. They even taught him a drum song. And the best part of the whole story is that the moment was caught on video and shared with the world on Facebook. Watch it below:
Today my heart is full. After the Juno welcoming ceremony came to an end. I got to shake hands with these gentlemen and…
The group may not have walked away with a Juno award but they understood they were in London for a reason and that reason was to lift the spirits of a young man in a hospital bed. Better than a trophy? We think so. Read more about Justice and his time with Northern Cree in your Good News Story of the Day here.
Story and Image from CBC.