Hip Hop artist Lil Boosie surprised students at Billy Earl Dade Middle School in Dallas earlier this week when he walked out on stage to greet the full house of kids.
He wasn’t there just for music, but more importantly to deliver a message about diabetes awareness.
“Basically, we are trying to encourage people with diabetes to eat right, you know, live better.”
The rapper has been living with diabetes for several years and is also a survivor of kidney cancer. Both are topics, among other more controversial that rapper often talks about in his lyrics.
Hip Hop artists Lil Boosie was joined by Colonel Loud, Young Dolph and a large group of their supporters on the heels of a charitable basketball tournament, concerts and special appearances in Dallas that took place over the weekend.
According to local ABC affiliate WFAA:
Lil Boosie made it a point to partner with community groups, like Endocrinology Associates of Southwest Dallas, to donate a large supply of diabetes test kits to help students across Dallas ISD.
“I had kids coming up to me like, I got diabetes, and you make me strong when I’m weak,” he said.
Diabetes rates among adults and children are high in South Dallas.
According to Dallas ISD, 183 children in the district are under care for Type 1 Diabetes. Another 123 students receive care, in schools, for Type 2 Diabetes.