Elvio Fernandes helps teen with autism meet Steven Tyler
Lewiston/Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - Iconic rock star Steven Tyler sings, "Dream until your dreams come true" in his hit song Dream On.
It is safe to say that that is exactly what happened with Dylan Fenti, a young man from Rochester.
Rochester native Elvio Fernandes knows Fenti well. The 18-year-old Fenti, who has autism, has been part of Camp ROC Star for years. The camp was initially a week-long summer day camp founded by Fernandes where kids 10 to 18-years-old could learn what it’s like to play in a band. Now, It’s a year-round academy. Currently there are about 40 kids enrolled. Bands rehearse through the week, then perform.
Each year when Fernandes returns from touring with the band Daughtry, he meets with Fenti, who asks him the same question each year. ”Have you met Steven Tyler? He’s my absolute favorite singer of all time.”
During camp, Fenti also loves to play "Dream On" on the piano.
On Tuesday night, Tyler played at Artpark in Lewiston, about 40 minutes north of Buffalo. In a Facebook post written Tuesday night, Fernandes outlined a surprise he set up for Fenti.
"With a couple phone calls we were able to arrange for Dylan to see his musical idol up close from the side of the stage for the entire show," Fernandes wrote. "He got to meet him, talk with him, and they took a photo together. Steven was as kind as I remember when we met him a few years ago in his dressing room at American Idol."
"Thank you to my brothers Chris Daughtry and Josh Paul for helping me to arrange this... We done good :)," Fernandes added to the post.