Source: [ 7NewsWDH.com ]
BOSTON — New Kids on the Block star, Joey Mcintyre, spread holiday spirit at Boston Childrenâ€™s Hospital on Tuesday when he teamed up with some of the musicians from the Boston Pops for a special concert.
Ella Belanger, one patient at the hospital, was having a four-hour surgery after Mcintyreâ€™s performance — the holiday concert was the perfect distraction for the 6 year old. It helped her forget her inherent bladder defect, if only for a moment.
â€śFirst, theyâ€™re going to check my breaking and theyâ€™re going to fix me up and stuff,â€ť said Ella.
Mcintyre belted out Christmas carols with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops, which took dozens of childrenâ€™s minds off cancer, chromes disease and heart conditions.
â€śIf we can put a smile on their face, especially right before surgery, thatâ€™s a blessing,â€ť said Mcintyre.
Ellaâ€™s parents probably needed the distraction more than she did.
â€śWe werenâ€™t expecting it. We walked in and saw one of the fliers that they were coming and itâ€™s been perfect, rather than just sitting here starring at the fish tank,â€ť said Cyndi Belanger, Ellaâ€™s mother.
â€śBoston and this hospital, I used to come here when I was a kid and nothing — just a broken leg or something like that, or my tonsils out, stuff like that, but thereâ€™s a huge connection,â€ť Mcintyre said.