SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Mark Arellano has never taken a piano lesson. He hasn’t read a book of music or had the luxury of having a teacher show him how to play.
Yet this Sacramento 14-year-old’s fingers dance over the keyboard like a seasoned musician.READ MORE: PG&E Charged In Zogg Wildfire Last Year That Killed 4
“Playing piano helps me deal with life’s challenges,” he tells CBS 13 News.
Those challenges have been difficult for Mark.
Born prematurely at 30 weeks and later diagnosed with autism, his mountain to climb has been steep.READ MORE: Carmichael Restaurant Forced To Pay $167,211 In Back Wage And Fines For Allegedly Breaking Overtime Laws
This weekend he reaches the pinnacle by performing live in front of hundreds.
Mark is the featured performer for a fashion show that will feature local young adults with autism and other developmental disabilities.
“I think they’ll like my music,” Mark tells us.MORE NEWS: CDC Backs Pfizer Covid-19 Vaccine Booster Shots For Millions Of Seniors And Some Others
After hearing him play, we tend to agree.