Dreamforce Concert Raises $10M
Tens of thousands of music fans packed onto Pier 70 on September 15 to rock out with the Foo Fighters, Gary Clark Jr., and The Killers at the massive party concluding Salesforce’s weeklong Dreamforce conference. The benefit event, now in its sixth year, helped raise more than $10 million for UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals.
One of the biggest stars of the night was 12-year-old Zhenkang Zhoa. Diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in 2014, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland patient Zhenkang was awarded the Colin Powell Medal of Courage for his bravery in the face of illness.
Despite grueling treatments and setbacks, Zhenkang’s doctor says he’s been an inspiration to the staff and other patients.
“When there are new kids coming to the hospital, they go to the playroom. I tell them not to be scared,” says Zhenkang. His knowledge of the Oakland campus and desire to connect with others has earned him the informal title of “Mayor” of the oncology unit.
During his first year of treatment, Zhenkang experienced medical complications that made it difficult for him to eat. He endured a lengthy hospital stay where he used his charm and social networking skills to woo the kitchen staff. Zhenkang and his medical team created a custom menu, inspired by his mother’s recipes, from which he continues to order during every hospital stay.
Through the annual Dreamforce concert, Salesforce has raised $36 million over the years for UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals.