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Making A Difference: High School Gathers Money To Get Concert Tickets For Custodian

Posted at 6:47 PM, Nov 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-21 18:47:16-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18)– An employee of Lafayette High School finally has the chance to see his favorite band live after a school-wide campaign to get him to the show.

David Farris is a self-proclaimed fanatic of the rock band Kiss. Over the past 24 years of his career as a custodian at the high school, he’s known for the sound of jingling keys and guitar riffs.

Farris has emulated his heroes at the school’s Battle of the Band events and now, he’s four months away from a lifelong dream of his, seeing Kiss live.

“He will do anything for anyone. He is as selfless as people come,” said Teresa Stofer, an art teacher at Lafayette.

A school-wide campaign to raise money for the Kiss concert tickets brought in $700.

Farris says it’s more than just a concert.

When he was 9-years-old, Farris got a call from his best friend who lived down the road. HIs friend was going to tell him all about his experience at a Kiss concert he had attended.

Farris got on his bike to visit his friend and on the way there, he was hit by a car.

The prognosis was about as bad as it gets. The doctors said that Farris wouldn’t make it, and if he did, he’d be a “vegetable.”

But Farris walked out of the hospital two weeks after the doctors’ bleak prediction, and now, he looks forward to walking into the Yum! Center to see Kiss.

Farris will take his grandkids to the concert with them. He says they are about the age he was when the accident happened.

“They’re really into Kiss right now. Paint ’em up every so often, they run around like little Kiss guys,” said Farris.

Farris says he is thankful to his Lafayette family for getting him the tickets.