Journey concert at KFC Yum! Center provides therapy for man with cerebral palsy
Legendary rock band Journey will entertain thousands of fans at the KFC Yum! Center on Wednesday. But for one fan, it's a real life journey and therapy.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Legendary rock band Journey will entertain thousands of fans at the KFC Yum! Center on Wednesday.
But for one fan, it's a real life journey and therapy.
If you've heard of the legendary rock band, chances are good you know Robbie Massengale's favorite song, "Don't Stop Believing."
The '80s hit song may be older than 26-year-old Massengale, but it doesn't matter.
Massengale was born with Cerebral Palsy and lives at Richwood Nursing &Rehab in La Grange. On Wednesday night, he'll his favorite song in person when Journey performed at the Yum! Center.
"[I'm] very excited," said Mick Warner, Director of Maintenance at Richwood. "It has been a countdown for two months."
Warner is Robbie's partner in crime and concert buddy.
"I came in, and he put his fist up and said, 'Day of show, you know!'" Warner said.
Robbie is somewhat of a celebrity at the nursing home.
"He definitely knows everything that's going on here every day, the gossip that he shouldn't probably know," Warner said.
Wednesday is not Robbie's first concert, but it's pretty important. In fact, you could say it's even therapeutic.
"His spine is pressing on his organs and his lungs," said Tracy Harwood, Director of Marketing at Richwood.
On Thursday, Robbie will have surgery to straighten his spine. That's why Wednesday's concert was just what the doctor ordered.
"This has really been a distraction for him but something he is totally looking forward to," Harwood said.
"He has been saying what he has to do to get ready, what's he going to wear," Warner said. "I got him the Journey shirt for his birthday."
When you hear his story and know what's ahead, it is easy to understand why the journey to hear one of his favorite groups and songs was so special.
"I don't stop believing that I might be able to do things that I've never done before," Massengale said.
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