America’s Got Talent golden buzzer winner and Patchogue-Medford High School student Christian Guardino has some big news to share.
The 18-year-old standout singer is dropping his first-ever single, called “Missing Part Of Me,” on Nov. 29.
And, he’s donating all the proceeds from the song to Vision of Children Foundation, a nonprofit that fundraises for vision disorders and blindness research.
The cause is close to Christian’s heart. He has a rare retinal disease called Leber congenital amaurosis, which has limited his ability to see.
Christian, who was told he would eventually go permanently blind, underwent a groundbreaking surgery through University of Pennsylvania’s Scheie Eye Institute at the Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania.
It saved his eyesight and he gives much of the credit to the nonprofit he now supports.
“My blindness impacted my life, and because of organizations like Vision of Children, I’ve been able to regain a great deal of vision,” he said, “so if I can have a part in helping other people, I will.”
The song, written by Grammy-Nominee Sacha Skarbek, will be available on a variety of music streaming services like Amazon Music, iTunes, and Spotify.
“It’s just great to have not let anything get in the way of my dream,” said Christian. “I hope that inspires others to never let anything, not an illness, not a disability hold you back from your dreams.”
Top: Christian Guardino performing on the big stage. (Credit: christianguardino.com)