The Grammy-Award-winning Zac Brown Band is royalty in the country music industry, with smash hits like “Chicken Fried.” But the group, led by frontman Zac Brown, is also known for the work they do offstage with the military and local charities. Most recently, the guys gave one of their teenage fans the surprise of his life after he was forced to miss their concert because of a crippling accident.
Thomas Schoettle had planned to attend the band’s Friday night performance at BB&T Pavilion in Camden, New Jersey, but the teen was forced to miss the show after a freak accident left him paralyzed. Needless to say Schoettle, who is currently recovering at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital in Pennsylvania, was pretty bummed about not being able to see his favorite band, but his doctors and family got together to plan the ultimate surprise.
Over the weekend, Zac Brown and company boarded a short helicopter ride to Bryn Mawr to visit their ailing fan. The special moment was caught on video and shared on social media.
I'm hoping this shows all of the video of Thomas's visitor today. Instagram cuts some of it
Posted by Samantha Springfield-Schoettle on Saturday, July 15, 2017
“Oh my God,” says Schoettle as Brown enters the room.
“I figured since you couldn’t come to us, we’d come to you,” Brown jokes.
The shellshocked teen, who lamented that he was unable to make the show or even stand up to greet his guests, was seemingly in disbelief that his idol was standing in his hospital room. Schoettle responded, “that’s awesome” to just about everything his surprise visitors said.
The singer, who reportedly gave Schoettle a shoutout during Friday’s concert, told the teen to take his recovery “one day at a time” because they are pulling for him.
In addition to spending a few hours with Schoettle, the band also posed for pictures with members of the Malvern Fire Company, who helped to clear a landing zone near the hospital.
Members met Zac Brown of the Zac Brown Band while he was visiting a fan at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital in Malvern today….
A GoFundMe page has been set up to cover some of Schoettle’s medical bills as he recovers from surgery.