LAS VEGAS, Nev. (November 2019): Jamar has big dreams about being a DJ when he grows up, prompting his mom to get him a small turntable and microphone for his 6th birthday. Music elevates his world, and is an uplifting distraction from the stresses of his life-threatening illness. When he’s working the turntable, he transforms into DJ Masterpiece! Kids Wish Network, a children’s charity that grants wishes for kids with life-threatening illnesses, amped up Jamar’s playtime, mixing it up with renowned electro house DJ, record producer and music executive Steve Aoki.
Kids Wish Network flew Jamar and his family to Vegas after a personal invite from Steve Aoki to visit his home “Aoki’s Playhouse” for a playdate at the ultimate DJ spinning playground. They received a private tour of the whimsical and gallery-esque mansion, including the scenic deck that overlooks the playful swimming pool with Aoki’s signature silhouette on the bottom. Inside the home, Jamar gravitated toward the grand black Steinway where Aoki spent time guiding Jamar, turning into an impromptu collaboration. “Seeing them play the piano together was a beautiful moment,” said his mom Shekia. Later the tempo quickened with pulse pumping action when Jamar experienced some of his own “Aoki jumps” in the gymnastic-style home gym, bouncing on the expansive floor trampoline and into the massive foam pit.
Gifts were also memorable… Jamar and Aoki signed each other’s custom matching DJ Masterpiece shirts, and Aoki gifted Jamar’s entire family his own Aoki t-shirts. Kids Wish Network also gifted Aoki Prima’s Sweet Shop cake pops that masterfully resembled him wearing his headphones along with miniature replicas of his smash cakes.
During the wish, The Mirage treated Jamar’s family like high rollers, covering all costs for accommodations and meals. Luxury Limousines of Las Vegas enabled Jamar to be a DJ at his own party, choosing the music to entertain his family during his stylish chauffeured ride to Aoki’s home.
Kids Wish Network Executive Director Tam Lai said, “A very special thank you to Steve Aoki for graciously inviting us into your home, for your hospitality, and kindness in taking time out of your day to inspire Jamar.”
After the wish, Aoki’s thoughtfulness continued… he had a big and meaningful surprise for Jamar to encourage his love of music and bring him ongoing happiness.