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5-yr Old Gets Star Treatment With MJ’s Thriller at ODU’s Home Game

Post by Capricious Anomaly on Mon Nov 18, 2013 3:00 pm

5-yr Old Gets Star Treatment With MJ’s Thriller at ODU’s Home Game

By Harry Minium The Virginian-Pilot ©

November 18, 2013


Benjamin Goldberg is a huge Michael Jackson fan. Even though he’s just 5 years old, he also knows the words to countless Bruno Mars and Natasha Bedingfield songs.

His interest in music is so intense that in the spring of 2013, his parents enrolled him in the School of Rock in Norfolk.

But two months ago, he was diagnosed with Stage 4 neuroblastoma, a rare but serious form of cancer that usually strikes young children.

After two months of chemotherapy, which took all of Benjamin’s hair and most of his stamina, he was treated like a rock star Saturday at Old Dominion University’s football game with Campbell University.

Prior to the game, he walked, hand in hand, onto the field with President John Broderick. He participated in the pre-game coin toss, and ODU coach Bobby Wilder presented him with an autographed game ball.

Then, at halftime, came an unexpected treat – he was asked to lead the ODU band as it played “Thriller.”

After being led to the director’s chair by band director Alex Trevino, Benjamin didn’t miss a beat. “One, one, two, three, four,” he shouted, and the band began to play.

His mother, Wendy Goldberg, said that when he noticed his performance was being shown on the video scoreboard at Foreman Field, he broke into some Michael Jackson moves that brought cheers, and tears, from many watching in the north end zone.

“I knew he’d do well,” she said. “That was such a treat for him.”

A video of his halftime performance is now on YouTube and links to the video have been Tweeted by dozens of ODU football followers.

Goldberg said she worried that her son might not be up for the game. He recently finished his fourth round of chemotherapy and his blood work showed on Friday “that he was at his lowest point. I was a little nervous going in that it might be too much for him,” she said.

Instead, he was a bundle of energy throughout, she said.

“He was ecstatic,” she said. “When he got home, he wanted to take his signed football and go outside and play with it. I didn’t want to the football to get dirty, but we let him go outside anyway.”

His mother, who owns the CPA firm of W.C. Goldberg and Co., and husband Jeff, who owns the Route 58 Deli in Virginia Beach, have had their lives turned upside down since learning their son had cancer.

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Re: 5-yr Old Gets Star Treatment With MJ’s Thriller at ODU’s Home Game

Post by Admin on Mon Nov 18, 2013 3:11 pm

What a sweet kid! He will always have this day!!

Michael Jackson transcended our imaginations and continues to uplift our souls and spirits through his tremendously meaningful life well lived.

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