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If The Story Behind This Blind Boy With Autism Doesn't Inspire You, His Voice Will

This is a kid who’s been through a lot and still finds reason to sing.

Christopher Duffley, now 12, weighted one pound and 12 ounces when he was born premature at 26 weeks, in May 2001, according to the YouTube video below.

He was in critical condition but managed to pull through and was eventually adopted by his aunt and uncle. In addition to being blind and on the autism spectrum, Christopher has had to live with many health issues. He didn’t talk until first grade, but once he started singing, his parents noticed he had perfect pitch. Since then, the has been singing and playing music constantly.

Watch the story of Christopher’s early years in the video below:

We’ve had challenges, and we’ve had joy,” Christine Duffley, Christopher’s mom, says in the video above. “One of the greatest joys was to hear Christopher make noise, sing and keep beat.”

Last year, Christopher sang “Lean On Me” at the “Winter Ball for Autism,” hosted by Autism Speaks and New York Collaborates for Autism. The moving performance included The Harlem Gospel Choir and famous recording artists, including Grammy-winners, Michael Bolton and Kelly Rowland, according to Autism Speaks.

Check out his show-stopping number at the “Winter Ball for Autism:”

Christopher continues to sing and perform for audiences and worship groups across the country. For more of videos of his shows, visit his YouTube page or his website

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