Damien Escobar Honors 16-Year-Old PEOPLE Hero

12/24/2013 at 02:30 PM EST

Damien Escobar Honors 16-Year-Old PEOPLE Hero
Kennedy Hubbard and Damien Escobar
Back in September, readers were moved by the story of 16-year-old Kennedy Hubbard and the work she does to help other children with Lymphatic Malformation, a potentially fatal condition which features fluid-filled cysts that distend her face and have threatened her airway ever since she was born.

But when hip-hop violinist Damien Escobar read Hubbard's story – how the high school junior mentors other children with LM and raises money to help less fortunate sufferers afford treatment and for LM research – the two-time Emmy winner did more than click "Like."

He picked up the phone and asked, "How can I help?"

What Escobar didn't know at first was that Hubbard, of Moorestown, N.J., plays the violin herself. The pair teamed up at Hubbard's Kennedy's Cause fundraiser on Dec. 6 for a very emotional duet of "Mirrors," by her favorite artist, Justin Timberlake.

"It's tough for us to look in the mirror and accept who we have staring back. I went through it growing up," Escobar tells PEOPLE. "Kennedy's so courageous, how she deals with being unique, being different. I just wanted to help. And when she told me the song she wanted to do, I was like, This is perfect!"

Watch the video below to see what happens next.

Know a hero? Send suggestions to heroesamongus@peoplemag.com. For more inspiring stories, read the latest issue of PEOPLE magazine

Your Reaction

Follow Us

On Newsstands Now

George Turns 1: Raising a Little Prince!
  • George Turns 1: Raising a Little Prince!
  • Ryan and Eva: How They Hid Her Pregnancy
  • Jillian Michaels: Why I Left Biggest Loser

Pick up your copy on newsstands

Click here for instant access to the Digital Magazine

blog comments powered by Disqus

From Our Partners

Watch It

Editors' Picks

From Our Partners