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Local musician Charlie Scopoletti to perform with Duncan Sheik to benefit Make-a-Wish Foundation.



Two-time cancer survivor and Stamford resident Charlie Scopoletti.

Local musician Charlie Scopoletti always says, “I love to make music, but I live to make music that makes a difference.”

Recently, Charlie had the opportunity to do just that — make music that makes a difference. He was asked to write a song for the Connecticut chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which grants “wishes” for children with terminal illnesses.

“This Wish” is a tribute to the foundation and the children who benefit from it — children like five-year-old Sierra, who had a life threatening illness. Charlie had the chance to perform his song as Sierra sat center stage, looking up at him as he sang the song that she helped to inspire. It is a moment that he will never forget.

Charlie was the perfect person to write a song for the organization that gives hope and comfort to children suffering from life-threatening medical conditions. Why? Well, aside from his musical talent, Charlie is also no stranger to cancer.

In fact, at just 38-years-old, he has already fought and conquered cancer…twice.

Charlie, who grew up in Rye Brook, NY and now lives in Stamford, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at the age of 10. Of the ordeal, he recalls, “It definitely laid a foundation for me to grow on. There is an inner strength that comes with going through that experience and surviving. I may not have known it then, but as I grew older I certainly did and I’m stronger because of it.”

At the age of thirty, Charlie was diagnosed with Thyroid cancer. Just as he was coping with this second diagnosis, his best friend was in her last stages of brain cancer. "To watch her pass away was one of the most difficult and profound times in my life," Charlie recalls. " You come to realize very quickly that each breath that you take truly means something."

These days, Charlie is in remission and makes music to comfort those who are suffering. But as a ten-year-old with cancer, Charlie himself found comfort in music. “I remember it clear as day going down there one day and seeing the instruments, just being on the drums and trying to play guitar.” A volunteer musician would come in once a week to play for the kids and to teach them how to play themselves. “That’s where the seed was planted,” Charlie says. “It was such an escape for me.”

After Charlie's dreams of playing basketball were hindered by a physical injury, Charlie decided to make music his focus. In fact, he even looks at his sports injury as something that was, perhaps, meant to be — since it directed him on the path to helping others through song.

Charlie hopes that his music will be an escape and source of inspiration for so many people out there dealing with illness and other obstacles.

His EP, titled “Today is the Day,” comes out this week. Charlie named it so because, “All we have is right now, this moment in time that brings us to TODAY!  Each day I wake up I declare that ‘Today is the day I inspire, Today is the day I spread hope, and today is the day I make positive change.’”

You can help to make a positive change by attending a benefit concert at the Capitol Theatre on June 27th. Aside from Charlie Scopoletti, performers include Duncan Sheik, who is best known for his hit "Barely Breathing" and is the recipient of two Tony Awards and a Grammy; and opener Todd Carey, whose music made it to iTunes' top forty. A portion of ticket sale proceeds will benefit Make-A-Wish Connecticut and Make-A-Wish Hudson Valley.

The concert is open to the public.

Capitol Theatre

149 Westchester Avenue

Port Chester, NY 10573-4549

(914) 937-4126

thecapitoltheatre.com

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