Photo taken by Amelia Winchester

In December 2018, Kellie and Josh Daniel arrived at the hospital to deliver their second child. It was only once their son, Sonny, was born that they learned he had Apert syndrome, a rare genetic disorder characterized by skeletal abnormalities, and would need to be transferred to Levine Children’s Hospital for continuing care. There he and his family spent the first week of his life receiving world-class medical care and supportive services.

This March, when the rest of North Carolina entered quarantine, Sonny returned to Levine Children’s to undergo the largest procedure of his life craniofacial surgery to allow his growing brain room to expand. He spent seven days recovering at Levine Children’s Hospital while Josh, a full-time musician, began his now highly popular “Quarantine Sessions” live concert series to help support his family and bring joy to others.

Photo taken by Hannah Norwood

As part of his daily concert series, Josh has organized several silent auctions to benefit organizations that have impacted his family, including Levine Children’s Hospital. “Everybody at Levine Children’s Hospital has been so compassionate, especially when Sonny was born, and I wanted to find a small way to give back,” said Josh. The auction, which took place in June, raised $5,000 to benefit the Children’s Special Needs Fund at Levine Children’s Hospital.

Sonny continues to make improvements after surgery and will return to Levine Children’s Hospital in late September for a follow-up procedure. Meanwhile, Josh has no plans to end his Quarantine Sessions and hopes to continue fundraising with help from his fans. To watch his Quarantine Sessions, visit Josh Daniel’s Grateful Band’s Facebook page or website.

We would like to extend our deepest thanks to the Daniel family for designating funds to Atrium Health Foundation and bringing light and awareness to thousands of fans across the world.