Support Local Journalism, Join the SA Current Press Club.

VIDEO: Pharrell Williams Reaches Out to Local Boy with Cancer 

click to enlarge briananddamonbilleckjpg


Damon Billeck is a nine-year-old boy from Universal City, a student at Olympia Elementary, and he’s battling it out with Osteosarcoma bone cancer. His jam, the song that gets him through untold tough times, is “Happy” by Pharrell Williams. It's the Oscar-nominated song from "Dispcable Me 2," that one that just topped Billboard charts.

Damon's dad, Brian, used to have one of those cool jobs in radio that afforded him the connections to call in a favor. (It's his "radio family" that opens the video.) He was just hoping for an autograph from the musician to lift his son’s spirits, but instead, Pharrell sent this YouTube video. It's a personal, inspiring message that will lump your throat and make you quit feeling sorry for yourself. "The present is a gift," says Pharrell.




Support Local Journalism.
Join the San Antonio Current Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the San Antonio Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

Read the Digital Print Issue

January 12, 2022

View more issues


Join SA Current Newsletters

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.


© 2022 San Antonio Current

Website powered by Foundation