MIAMI (CBSMiami) – There was plenty of live music and plenty of social distance all for a great cause Thursday night.
“Instruments of Hope,” a fundraiser created by Christopher Columbus High School senior Joseph Bilbao, saw four student bands perform to raise money for the Sebastian Strong Foundation.READ MORE: Weeks Away From Start Of School, Miami-Dade & Broward School Officials Desperate To Find Bus Drivers
The foundation was named for Sebastian Ortiz, who died of pediatric cancer when he was just a sophomore at Columbus.
“We talk about his loss every single day at home. His life meant so much to me and my family,” Bilbao said.READ MORE: TPS Registration Process Open To Haitians Living In US
Bilbao said that Ortiz, who was like a cousin to him, was learning to play the guitar before he passed.
“It’s definitely nice to be able to honor him like this,” Bilbao said. “I definitely know he’s smiling down on us from heaven.”MORE NEWS: Gov. DeSantis Doubles Down On No School Mask Mandates, Says He's Protecting Parental Rights
In about four years, the Sebastian Strong Foundation has raised nearly $2 million for childhood cancer research and other important causes.