Christopher Duffley encourages everyone to clap their hands and sing along to the familiar “Lean On Me” song with him. Christopher’s voice blends beautifully with The Tenors as they join him in song. He gives the performance his all, and his soulful and strong voice adds a fresh quality to the memorable melody.
In addition to being blind, Christopher is also autistic, but it’s easy to see his gifting, not only with his voice but with how strongly he feels the music and rhythm of the song. He claps and moves to the music, his hands and fingers move in between the beats, and he marches his feet while the tenors sing.
There’s something special about the lyrics to this song when sung in beautiful harmony by Christopher and The Tenors, as they emote and sing about the “times in our lives” when “we all have pain and sorrow,” but that we always have hope when we rely on each other.
“THIS is what the world needs more of during such a time of brokenness,” a commenter on the original video says.”
Another remarks, “This young man is living proof that prayers go up and blessings come down.”
This is the Canucks Autism Network’s 2nd Annual Reveal Gala, a special event where people on the autism spectrum are celebrated.
Canucks Autism Network (CAN) was founded in 2008 by Paolo and Clara Aquilini, whose son is autistic. The Aquilinis describe CAN as “dedicated to providing programs to individuals on the autism spectrum and their families, while promoting acceptance and inclusion through community engagement and training initiatives across BC and beyond.”
Their vision is for everyone on the autism spectrum to be understood, accepted, and supported in the community.
Christopher Duffley is a unique and beautiful representation of this vision coming to life. He is definitely someone worth celebrating.