12 Bands/12 Kids: Niki Lazarov

Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017 / News 12 First at Five

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) – In case you haven’t noticed, Augusta has a rich music scene. We are loaded with talented musicians. It’s also filled with families with children who are facing some serious health and financial issues.

What if, the musicians could use their talents to connect with these kids and maybe make things a little better for those families?

This month, we’re starting something new called 12 Bands/12 Kids.

We start with 9-year-old Niki Lazarov. He came from Bulgaria with his dad Cho looking for a clinical trial that might save his life. He has a rare kind of brain tumor.

“Volchizar. Nice to meet you. Hi Nikki, how are you?”

That’s Micah Swenson, a local musician who spent some time with them at the Ronald McDonald House.

Friends back home held concerts to raise money to help the Lazarov’s come here. Now, musicians in Augusta are taking up the cause.

Micah comes from a big family, and music was a big part of it.

"But it became another language like fathers and sons in some families talk in the language of sports, or hobby languages- for us music was just another way to reach out to each other,” said Swenson.

And to another family far from home facing an uphill battle.

Thanks to the additional sponsors of 12 Bands/12 Kids; Ronald McDonald House, Augusta Chronicle, Beasley Broadcasting, PenFed Credit Union, and Gluestick Music.

If you would like to help support these families financially, visit 12Bands.org or find the Help button on the 12 Bands/12 Kids page on WRDW.com.