Imagine Dragon’s concert supported Tyler Robinson foundation

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Reported by: Tiffany Alaniz
Updated: 2/23 11:58 pm Published: 2/23 11:37 pm

It was a night some local kids say they will always remember.

They attended the Imagine Dragons concert and met the band thanks to the Tyler Robinson foundation.

Our FOX23 team explained why for these children, it was a welcomed relief from the daily battle they fight.

Jesse Robinson told FOX23, "the night my brother passed away, I remember getting a phone call from Dan Reynolds and he asked me if the band could start a foundation for my little brother."

Jesse said he and his brother Tyler were fans of Imagine Dragons and attended shows during Tyler’s battle with cancer.

The band members became friends with the Robinson’s and together they started the Tyler Robinson Foundation.

"We battle the unseen costs of childhood cancer."

Less than a year later, they've helped seven families whose children have cancer, three from the Green Country area.

"They've changed our lives. It’s amazing, there's not words to express how lost we were and how they stepped in and saved us," said Elizabeth Stephens who son has lymphoma.

Elizabeth’s son Michael, is from Moore Oklahoma.

He endures daily pain from Stage 4 T-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma.

“He’s undergoing aggressive treatment,” Stephens told us.

"He takes chemo by mouth, he takes chemo through his port, and he takes chemo in his spine." Stephens explained.

Stephens told FOX23 the steroids Michael takes have had horrible effects on him including weight gain.

"Which makes his life so much harder, he gets picked on. People laugh at him…he won't even go to his family's house," said Stephens.

But Saturday night it wasn't a battle.

Michael and several other Green Country kids, including 4-year-old Ben Morris, of Bartlesville, met the Imagine Dragons band members and saw the show.

"I am so excited!!" said Michael.

shared smiles and an electric atmosphere...the band donated 100 of the proceeds from the Tulsa show to The foundation’s goal was to hit 200 thousand dollars.

"That's what they wanted, their idea and that money is going to go a long, long way," said Stephens.

Foundation members told FOX23 students from Bishop Kelley High School collected cash donations at the show and gave the foundation more than $22,000.

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