A student from Tincher Preparatory School recently served as a keynote speaker at a cancer awareness event, where she spoke about her battle with leukemia and met singer Lenny Kravitz.
In March of 2022, Serena Cabuhat, a 13-year-old cancer survivor, traveled to Kentucky to speak at a fundraising event benefiting the Sunshine Kids Foundation. The event featured a special concert by musician Lenny Kravitz, who invited Cabuhat for a meet and greet after the show.
Kravitz won the Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance four years in a row from 1999 to 2002 and performed with H.E.R. and Travis Barker at this year’s Grammy ceremonies.
During her meeting with Kravitz, Cabuhat shared details about her experience as a member of the Tincher Guitar Club, which she’s been a part of for the past three years. The singer gifted Cabuhat an autographed CD, took photos and recorded a short video for her guitar club teacher at Tincher.
“Speaking with Lenny was like talking to someone I’ve known forever. He was inviting, humble and kind,” Cabuhat shared. “I am grateful that my first ever concert and meet and greet was with Lenny Kravitz.”
Cabuhat was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia in 2019 as a sixth grade student. When she completed her treatment in December 2020, Cabuhat joined every sport, club and opportunity that she could at Tincher, including the guitar club led by teacher Dave Thompson.
“When I heard she was going to Kentucky for a fundraiser with Lenny Kravitz, I jokingly said, ‘be sure to invite him to our guitar club.’” Thompson said. “It wasn't until later that I realized she actually took the time to record a video for me during her meet and greet.”
Cabuhat is one of three children in the U.S. to be selected as a 2022 National Sunshine Kids Spokeskids. The Sunshine Kids Foundation provides a variety of free programs and events for children who are receiving cancer treatments in hospitals across the United States.