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Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine helped make a 10-year-old superfan's dreams come true on Monday night.
Christopher Warner, a young Maryland resident with Down syndrome and Levine's self-proclaimed number one fan, got the surprise of his life when his favorite musicians reached out to invite him to a live show.
"He has just been fascinated with Maroon 5 and especially Adam Levine," Avery Stanert, a special education teacher at Warner's school, told TODAY.com. "He loves to listen to their music during work breaks. He draws pictures of them. He just absolutely loves them."
To show just how much Warner loved the band, Stanert took it upon herself to upload a compilation video on YouTube that showed the young fan singing along to Maroon 5's hits, watching the band's music videos and earnestly calling out to Levine.
Local news stations picked up the viral video, but it was Hot 99.5's The Kane Show that got Levine and the rest of the band directly involved.
"They arranged for backstage passes and tickets," Stanert said. "They immediately called the record label and worked it all out."
Warner, his mother and several school teachers were given VIP access to Maroon 5's concert at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., where Warner finally came face-to-face with his longtime idol.
Upon meeting Levine, the young boy panicked and crouched down on the floor in an effort to hide. But that didn't startle Levine at all, who suggested that everyone follow suit and lay right down beside him.
"We've been really happy to see how Down syndrome has gotten a lot of attention for this," Stanert shared about the experience. "Kids with Down syndrome are just like their peers."
Watch the video that started it all below:
This article was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter.