Giving back is something we all try to do at some point in our lives.
Macon's own Jason Aldean is doing that with what he does best -- performing.
Friday night, he will host a concert in his hometown to help build a brand new tower at the Beverly Knight Olsen Children’s Hospital Navicent Health.
Aidan McAtee enjoys playing with his buddy Levi to keep his mind off the constant treatments he gets for leukemia at Children’s Hospital.
“It’s a 24-hour process,” Aidan said. “You’re in the hospital for 24 hours and it takes a lot of your time out of your days.”
The hospital's become like a second home to him and his family since his battle started in March.
“Sometimes it can be a struggle, but then you look at your child and you think, 'I can walk outside and get a sandwich or something to drink, where he can’t walk outside until he leaves,'” Aidan’s mother, Angela McAtee said.
While both she and her son love the current hospital, they can’t wait to see the new tower completed that’s already under construction.
“Better community for the children, especially bigger rooms,” Aidan said.
Haley Vann with the Navicent Health Hospital Foundation says bigger patient rooms, infusion bays, and a new surgery center are coming. Before they can open the doors, they have to raise a lot of money.
That’s where Jason Aldean comes in. He’s hosting a concert in Macon Friday and all the proceeds go straight to the new Children’s Hospital building. Tickets for the concert are still available.
“From $30 all the way to $247, so you can get really nice seats or you can be up on the side section, it’s still a great view,” Vann said.
The McAtees say they are proud to call Aldean a hometown boy.
“We’re very appreciative of all the support that he shows us and the kids,” McAtee said. “Once you’re on the receiving end, your perspective changes and the amount of love that you see from everybody, it does something to you.”
While Aidan hopes he’s cancer-free by 2019 when the new hospital opens, he hopes the new facility will make it easier for future patients
“It’s going to be awesome,” Aidan said.
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