Music Megastars Visit Our Kids, Help Raise a Record $15 Million
Tens of thousands of music fans packed into AT&T Park on November 7 to rock out with Grammy Award-winning musicians Alicia Keys and Lenny Kravitz as part of Salesforce’s annual Dreamforce conference. The benefit Concert for UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals, now in its eighth year, raised more than $15 million.
Earlier in the day, both singers made time for patients at our San Francisco and Oakland campuses. They chatted, sang, and snapped selfies with our kids just hours before taking the stage.
During her set, Keys said that she was deeply affected by the experience. One patient, superfan Alex, stood out most in her mind. Keys and Alex sang “No One” together during Keys’ hospital visit, and Keys dedicated her performance of the song to Alex, saying she would never forget their time together.
Mitul Kapadia, MD, director of pediatric rehabilitation medicine, shared the news with Alex, who has been hospitalized for months. “It was truly amazing to hear Keys’ heartfelt story of their meeting, and for her to dedicate the uplifting message to Alex on stage,” Dr. Kapadia said. "Alex started crying with happiness."
Siblings Awarded Colin Powell Medal of Courage
Keys and Kravitz weren’t the only stars who made an impact on audiences that night. Patients Cameron and Cailey Tennyson, siblings who have shown tremendous bravery despite grave medical challenges, were awarded the Colin Powell Medal of Courage during the concert.
Born with four related heart defects known as Shone’s Complex, Cameron, now 20, has undergone multiple surgeries and grappled with a series of medical complications. Despite his condition, he always shows his determination to live a full life and help others. A talented performer, Cameron is now a junior at UC San Diego and an aspiring film director.
Cameron’s 15-year-old sister, Cailey, was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, one of the most serious heart defects. She has braved numerous surgeries and invasive procedures. Cailey is a youth advisory board member and shares her story with families of children with the same condition.
Cameron and Cailey were chosen to receive the honor because of their positive attitudes, drive to succeed, and passion for helping other kids.
Through the annual Dreamforce concert, Salesforce has raised more than $60 million for UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals.