LAKE GENEVA — "It's going to be probably a little loud," 6-year-old Colton Lazzeroni said before he plays Twinkle Twinkle Little Star on guitar.
Colton is a born entertainer. With a guitar in hand, he can put a smile on anyone's face. It's the joy that he sings with that is so captivating.
"He's such a joyful kid, and he is trying to make other children happy too because he misses them," his mom, Stacey Lazzeroni, said.
Colton sang a song for his Jackson Elementary School classmates because he hasn't seen them in a while since the Safer at Home order was put in place. The song was posted on the school's Facebook page.
When asked why he sang the song, Colton said, "Because I love them, and I miss them."
Given Colton's uplifting songs, you'd never know what he is struggling with behind-the-scenes. The 6-year-old has had three open-heart surgeries, spent the first ten months of his life at Children's hospital, and has suffered multiple strokes. However, none of that can silence his spirit.
"He tries to make the best of every situation," his mom said.
He's 6-years-old and had three open-heart surgeries. But that's not going to stop Colton from singing his favorite songs for all to hear. pic.twitter.com/ynsPnhy8iu— James Groh (@JamesGroh_) April 29, 2020
It was a difficult path to get to this point.
"He had to learn how to eat and drink cause it affected the swallowing, walking. He doesn't have a spleen to fight infection, so now it's very important that we are homebound," Stacey said.
Colton's fight isn't done yet. He needs a heart transplant. Fortunately, he was bumped up to the second-highest level of priority behind those waiting in hospitals.
However, that's not what is on Colton's mind. During our conversation, as a true entertainer, he said, asked for requests.
"What do you want me to do?"
As a born performer, he works for the crowd, and he's good at it too.