11-Year-Old Boy, Who Was Bullied For Losing His Hair To Cancer, Stuns People With His Amazing Talent On AGT
September 10, 2019 12:48 By Fabiosa
Tyler Butler-Figueroa is an 11-year-old violinist on America’s Got Talent, whose cover of Kelly Clarkson’s ‘Stronger’ earned him Simon Cowell’s coveted Golden Buzzer.
Cancer survivor with amazing talent
Hailing from North Carolina, Tyler was bullied by classmates after being diagnosed with leukaemia aged just four and a half.
His mother, Kisua, said:
“One day, Tyler saw a flyer at his school and it said, ‘After school programme – free violin lessons.’ He said, ‘Mom, I want to do it.’ But no one in our family plays an instrument… and the violin?!
“Once he started that class, it was like a sunshine. He was just full of energy and happy. I was like, ‘I’ve got my son back.’”
Tyler himself added:
“I wanted to start playing the violin because I was being bullied in school,”
Tyler said in his first audition for America’s Got Talent.
“It’s because I had cancer, I almost died.”
The lost his hair after chemotherapy treatment and was "really sad and embarrassed at the same time to go to school". His classmates used to make fun of him and laugh because he was different. They would spread rumours to say that his cancer was contagious. Recollecting the painful memories the boy added that "they all wanted to stay away" from him. This, in fact, didn't break the boy but made him stronger.
Before his first AGT audition, Tyler said:
“I just didn’t want to be the kid with cancer. So now, I’m the kid who plays the violin.”
He started playing his instrument when he was seven and a half years old and developed his skills to really impressive level.
When he took the stage of AGT again he made another increadible performance.
The 11-year-old violinist took on a cover of Ariana Grande’s hit “Break Free”. Butler-Figueroa started the performance with a blast, walking up to the stage surrounded by fellow cancer survivors lighting his way.
His amazing performance touched people's hearts and left no one indifferent. Fans could not help but show their emotions:
One person wrote:
"I lost it when he said he's feeling proud of himself"
"How many people cried watching this😢😢😢"
"Most people are bullied because they are better than the people who bully them."
"My heart melted when he ran into his mum's arm. You really know that a mother's arm is a safe haven. Thumps up to all mothers fighting for the lives of their children. God will give you a success story like this too."
"Bullied because of cancer?? What is wrong with people 😢"
Yes, Tyler is a cancer survivor. But first of all he is a brilliant boy with big heart and tremendous talent! We wish him to live his life to the fullest!