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: Construction Concerns Hit Businesses Along Highway 99
“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: 'Simply Just Another Bump In The Road': Future Sacramento Firefighter Tells Inspirational Story From Chemo To Cadet
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: Sacramento Highway 99 Closure Now In Place: How To Get Around It
After hearing him play, we tend to agree.