Armless teen musician inspires the world

By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer

Dennehy Goo Goo Dolls
George Dennehy performs with the Goo Goo Dolls.

George Dennehy was born without arms and abandoned by his parents to a Romanian orphanage. Despite these tragic circumstances, he was adopted by two loving people, Michael and Sharon Dennehy. They never let him feel disabled and encouraged him to learn the cello when he turned eight, just like they had with their other three children.

The cello, which isn’t an easy instrument even if you have both of your arms, was extra tough for Dennehy to play with just his feet. However, that didn’t keep him down for long, and his music teacher was incredibly patient. The young man practiced very hard to master the instrument, and because cello wasn’t considered “cool” in junior high, he also took up the piano and guitar.

Once he was older, Dennehy started putting his musical performances on YouTube, and his version of “Iris” by the Goo Goo Dolls eventually attracted the band’s attention! The American rock group even invited him to perform alongside them at Pennsylvania’s Musikfest back in August 2012. The audience loved him so much, Musikfest invited him back to perform solo at the 2013 concert.

Now, Dennehy is pursuing a career in both music and motivational speaking. This incredibly heroic and talented young man didn’t sit around feeling sorry for himself, and thanks to hard work and loving parents, he’s now created a powerful story to inspire millions.

Images courtesy of George Dennehy Facebook.