Teen born with heart defect starts band to support Lurie Children’s Hospital

CARY, Ill. – A Cary-Grove High School freshman is raising money for the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago through music.

Matthew Jazwinski, was born with a heart defect called Tetralogy of Fallot, for the last six years he has been a patient of the children’s hospital were he has had four surgeries.

The 14-year-old started the band Pulsebeat in January 2014, after he was asked to play bass at the Chicago Dance Marathon,  an annual event that raises money for the children’s hospital.

Jazwinski did not wanna play alone, so he gathered a singer, guitarists, keyboard player and drummer to join him.

“We expected it to not even go past the first gig,” Jazwinski told the The Daily Herald.

Pulsebeat has raised more than $5 million from all their gigs combined for Lurie Children’s.

“These kids could be sitting around playing video games or getting into trouble, and they’re not,” Matthew’s mother, Tamara Jazwinski said.“And they’re like little superheroes because they go to these events and really make an impact on what goes on.”

Pulsebeat has opened for major musical acts such Gavin DeGraw, Colbie Calillat and Ben Rector for Eric and Kathy’s Concert for the Kids hosted by 101.9FM the Mix. Jazwinski hopes the band can move on to performing at larger venues and continue spreading the world about the great work the hospital does.