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Grab a box or two of tissues, cause this story is gonna kick off the water works. I’ve watched it twice, and I can’t make it through without crying. 

Tyler Butler-Figueroa is an 11-year-old boy from Raleigh, North Carolina. When Tyler was 4 years-old, he was diagnosed with leukemia. Tyler was treated with chemotherapy, causing him to lose his hair.

Other children at Tyler’s school bullied him because of this. They said that his cancer was contagious, so people would stay away from him. Tyler began playing the violin at the age of 7 years-old as a way of escaping his pain. “When I play the violin, it makes me forget about the bad stuff,” Tyler says. “I didn’t want to just be the Kid with Cancer — so now I’m the Kid who Plays the Violin.”

OH my heart!!!! This poor baby!  But, there’s a happy ending to this story. On Tuesday, Tyler performed on stage for the judges on the TV show “American’s Got Talent”. Tyler rocked out “Stronger” by Kelly Clarkson on his violin. His performance will give you chills.

See what happened below. GO TYLER GO!!! NC has your back doll, and you are a rock star! Forget the bullies and shine on!

By the way, Tyler’s cancer has been in remission for 4 years. What an amazing young man with a great message for ALL of us. Much love.

Alexis Zarycki is your average girl with the hopes of leaving an everlasting impact on the world. Follow her on Instagram @official_lexpaige