Jon Bellion just kicked off an added-by-demand third leg of his Human Condition Tour, which dates back to the release of his debut full-length album of the same name on June 10, 2016. (The Human Condition debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200.) He and his Beautiful Mind band also opened for Twenty One Pilots‘ Emotional Roadshow Tour to start 2017.
But Bellion’s most recently revealed gig presumably means a lot more to him than any others to date.
On Monday evening (Sept. 11), Bellion took to Twitter to announce that he will perform a show dedicated to his childhood best friend, Drew, who suffered a life-threatening spinal cord injury in December. All proceeds from the Dec. 21 gig at Terminal 5 in New York City will directly benefit Drew and the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.
Bellion’s note on Twitter reads: “New York!!!!! Some of you may or may not know, while touring my best friend was in a life threatening diving accident breaking his C5 (a section of his spine) that left him currently fighting for movement from the neck down. Together with both lungs collapsing from water intake, his fight has been nothing short of miraculous and he still fights to this day INCREDIBLY and BRAVELY might I add!
“Together with @nike and @reevefoundation I’m ECSTATIC to announce DREWAPALOOZA!!!! What makes this show incredible is 100% of all the proceeds will be going to the Reeves Foundation for spinal chord injury research and to Drew and his family for financial medical support. Me and the beautiful mind crew can’t wait to see you there! BOOOOOM!”
NEW YORK!!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/3p5xy42Znw
— Jon Bellion (@jonbellion) September 12, 2017
This is not the first time Bellion has used his growing platform to show love to his friend, Drew. On Dec. 20, 2016, Bellion tweeted out a link to Drew’s GoFundMe page (which is no longer active) along with a message: “This is my best friend since 4th grade. One of the wisest kindest people I’ve ever known in my lifetime.”
This is my best friend since 4th grade. One of the wisest kindest people I’ve ever known in my lifetime. https://t.co/Q7GI2WQ7zH
— Jon Bellion (@jonbellion) December 20, 2016
While freestyling in honor of legendary producer J. Dilla and performing his hit single “All Time Low” on The Tonight Show on Jan. 26, Bellion’s handwritten message “KEEP FIGHTING DREW” was taped on the side of his soundboard.
Bellion’s fans have also joined in on supporting Drew’s fight, as shown here by Bellion’s Instagram post from Feb. 28 showing a fan holding a “Keep Fighting Andrew” sign at one of Bellion’s shows.
Tickets to the Dec. 21 show at New York City’s Terminal 5 will go on sale at noon eastern on Wednesday (Sept. 13).