Posted at: 04/01/2013 9:48 AM
Updated at: 04/01/2013 9:50 AM
By: Heather Mills, KOB Eyewitness News 4
Photo: Tiffany Dupreez
Inspired by his sister, an Albuquerque man is using his singing talent to help her through the recovery process of a difficult surgery.
We first introduced you to Lowell Burton in March.
Heather Mills has been following the journey to his big debut.
"Singing is something.." said Lowell Burton, "it's a big outlet for me."
It's an outlet Lowell has been using a lot.
"She's one of my biggest fans," he said.
Lowell's sister, Tiffany, has Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis; an incurable disease. In December, Tiffany had a double-lung transplant.
"She's been a big inspiration to me, through this whole thing. For me, seeing her go through it, at such a young age, and be so strong through the whole thing, that really inspired me to step out and do my own thing and live my dream."
Lowell has been doing just that, practicing for his upcoming solo debut, inspired by, and in honor of, Tiffany. He's hoping to raise money for her treatment.
"This was like my time to give back. What better reason for me to sing, than for her?"
Fast forward to his big debut at The Outpost in Albuquerque.
Lowell sang to a packed house, and Tiffany, who's still recovering in Los Angeles, got the OK from her doctor to fly-in for her brother's performance.
She was every bit the proud sister.
And Lowell brought it home.
The event was a big success - Lowell raised about $4,000 for his sister.