Concert to benefit ill student

first_imgBURBANK – The kids in the Powerhouse show choir at John Burroughs High School took second place this spring in a national competition in New York City. But that’s not what they’ll celebrate Sunday. Instead, they’ll perform for one of their own who nearly didn’t make it back from the Big Apple. Woody Somvichai, 17, was hospitalized with a ruptured appendix during his stay in New York – and doctors said he could have died. He spent 26 days in the hospital and had to stay home when he returned to Burbank, going back to school only last week. Now there are bills to pay, including the amount Woody’s mom spent going to New York to be with her son. So in the “Let’s Put on a Show” spirit of Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney, parents and students organized a concert for Sunday to help defray those costs. “It worried me the whole way from New York to Burbank on the airplane, and I was just praying for him because they really didn’t know what was wrong at that point,” Eddie said. Woody himself thinks he’ll be strong enough to perform Sunday. He doesn’t plan a career in music, but wants to keep it part of his life. “It’s just so gratifying after you finish the closer,” he said, “and the audience gets into the show and you hear the applause.” Sunday’s concert, called A Celebration of Friends, will involve students from John Burroughs, Burbank, Hart and Chula Vista high schools. Those schools are usually competitors, but Sunday it will be about celebrating the end of the year – and Woody’s recovery. “I think why everybody’s getting on this bandwagon and willing to do this show is because he’s such a great person,” said Mary Rago, the choir teacher at Burroughs High. [email protected] (818) 546-3304 ——— IF YOU GO The Celebration of Friends concert to raise money for the family of Woody Somvichai is 2 p.m. Sunday at John Burroughs High School, 1920 W. Clark Ave., in Burbank. Tickets are $10.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Woody and the adults on the trip first thought he had the flu, since other kids on the trip had gotten the bug. It wasn’t until bus-boarding time in New York on April 4 that a parent suggested Woody go to an emergency room instead of the airport. “I just didn’t know how serious it was, and I was kind of scared,” Woody said Wednesday. “I guess it’s just fortunate that I made it because it was really bad.” A doctor told Woody that a man in his 50s might not have survived what he suffered. He required two surgeries, and as he recovered, nurses told him to walk around the hospital’s hallways to help his stomach get back to normal. “It’s a long recovery period because all of the bacteria messes up your inside a lot,” he said. Fellow choir member Eddie Sotomayor, 16, said he was worried about his friend when he didn’t get on the bus in New York. last_img

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