Pierce The Veil frontman Vic Fuentes recently hopped onto Zoom to make one fan’s dream a reality. Clayton was diagnosed with glioblastoma last fall, an aggressive and terminal form of brain cancer. Despite his diagnosis, Clayton and his wife Lacy have been radiating positive energy. They’ve been on cute dates, family trips and have overall been living their lives to the fullest. Because they so ardently encompass what it means to be Living The Dream regardless of life’s challenges, LTDF couldn’t resist making his PTV dreams come true.
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Below, you’ll find a 1-minute recording of some highlights from Clayton’s #DREAMDAY experience, courtesy of the Living The Dream Foundation. Clayton’s entire face lights up as the call begins, and he proceeds to talk Vic through some of his journey, from diagnosis to treatment. We get a quick snippet of the live acoustic performance of ‘King for a Day’ Vic put on for Clayton, then a wild Tony appears. Turns out Vic had arranged for the PTV guitarist to make a surprise guest appearance as a gift to Clayton. The two then invite Clayton to be their special guest the next time the band plays in his city. It’s an all-around wholesome experience.
So What Exactly Is This #DREAMDAY?
Basically, it’s a way to make terminally-ill music lovers’ dreams come true. The Living The Dream Foundation arranges with bands and artists to provide guests with VIP access to concerts and special events, behind the scenes meet-and-greets, hospital visits, surprise gifts, etc. More recently, #DREAMDAY has become a virtual experience, but LTDF will resume in-person Dream Days at all Danny Wimmer Presents festivals this fall.
The Living The Dream Foundation was founded by Scottie Somers in 2007. Born with Cystic Fibrosis, he found a voice and a strength in music and wants to provide that same sort of motivation to others like him. Over the years, children and young adults living with life-threatening illnesses have been able to meet artists like Andy Biersack and Oli Sykes through the non-profit, and attend some of the wildest music festivals.
Vic is actually the CEO and Co-Chairman of Living The Dream Foundation, having been appointed by Scottie in 2019. Prior to that, he was an LTDF Ambassador, and all of PTV has been working with the foundation for years.
I love being a part of this foundation because it is so tangible and real. It’s amazing that we actually get to see, in person, the faces of the people that we are trying to help.
He’s certainly been busy playing fairy godmother.
In Other LTDF News
Space Zebra and Blackcraft Cult founder, Bobby Schubenski is holding an all-day live Twitch stream to support LTDF in celebration of his birthday. The August 29th event will run from 10 AM to 7 PM PT and will be co-hosted by none other than Vic Fuentes. All proceeds from the stream will benefit Living The Dream Foundation and participants can expect guest appearances, live performances, and even a battle of the bands.
So far, Kellin Quinn and Nick Martin of Sleeping With Sirens, M. Shadows of Avenged Sevenfold, Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach, Ray Luzier of Korn, Chanel West Coast of MTV’s Ridiculousness, and of course, Pierce The Veil have all been confirmed to appear. Even more musicians, artists, sports figures, and celebrities are set to be announced, so don’t even think about missing out on this amazing opportunity to help make some dreams come true.
If you’d like to nominate yourself or someone you know battling a life-threatening disease for a #DREAMDAY, you can submit your story on their website. You can also support LTDF by getting something from their merch store or just donating directly. All proceeds go towards fulfilling future #DREAMDAYS.
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