Virtual talent show benefits child cancer research

More than 30 children across the country will participate, including 12-year-old Evan Metz from Greensboro.

GREENSBORO, NC – Twelve-year-old Evan Metz is looking forward to participating in his school talent show every year, but due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s show has been shelved.

“It’s just something I’ve always done,” Evan said.

“My dad was in a band when he was younger, so I’ve always loved music.”

Evan thought the curtains were closed until his mother Suzie Metz came across a Facebook post.

In February, a friend in Topsail Beach posted a video of her daughter with an idea to cheer children up during the pandemic.

“She decided to do a virtual talent show and let the proceeds go to St. Jude and I presented it to Evan and he was like ‘yes I would like to do it’ and it went a little bit further from there , ”said Suzie Metz.

Ella’s virtual talent show will be broadcast live on Facebook on April 29 with more than 30 kids from various states participating.

Participants submitted videos with different talents.

Evan submitted a video in which he sings Cigarette Daydreams from Cage the Elephant.

“I think it gives people things to do, something to look forward to and it makes people happy in St. Jude and the people who get to do the talent show, knowing that they are doing something good for the world,” said Evan.

According to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital website, Ella’s Virtual Talent show aims to raise $ 4,000 for childhood cancer research with more than $ 2,000 already raised.

“I mean, it makes me feel good knowing there is someone out there who needs help and we’re trying to help them,” said Evan.

The show airs on Facebook on April 29 at 7pm.

The show is free, but donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital are encouraged.

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