11 Year-Old Cancer Survivor Earns Golden Buzzer With Incredible Violin Performance
Tyler Butler-Figueroa is an 11 year-old boy who has been through more in his short time on this Earth than many go through in a lifetime. Through it all, he has persevered, and he’s now making his dreams come true on the latest season of “America’s Got Talent.”
Tyler was only 4 years-old when his mother noticed that he was looking a bit pale at dinner. It was only when she took him to the emergency room that she learned that her little boy had leukemia.
Making matters even worse, Tyler was bullied at school for having cancer and was mocked when he started losing his hair during his chemotherapy treatments. Ludicrous rumors swirled around his school that his cancer was contagious, so the other kids began avoiding him, leaving him miserable and lonely.
Everything changed for Tyler when his school announced that they were offering free violin lessons one day. Even though there was nobody musical in his family, Tyler wanted to go, and his mother encouraged him to give it a try. Tyler took to the violin immediately, and before long, he became known as “the kid with the violin” in school. He preferred this moniker a whole lot more to his previous one, which was “the kid with cancer”.
After practicing for four years, Tyler decided to audition for the judges of “America’s Got Talent.” He completely brought the house down by performing the song “What Doesn’t Kill Me Makes Me Stronger,” and the audience responded by giving him a standing ovation. The judges were so blown away that they even hit the Golden Buzzer for Tyler, sending him straight through to the finals!
Tyler’s journey has taken a lot of twists and turns in his short life, but it is only going to get better from here. Watch his audition in the video below!