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: Bomb Threat Investigation Underway At San Joaquin Delta College
“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: Electra Fire: Firefighters Strengthening Control Lines, Some Amador County Evacuation Warnings Downgraded
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: Modesto Girl, 15, Shot In Bed After Gun Goes Off In Garage Nearby; Suspect Arrested
After hearing him play, we tend to agree.