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Tampa woman with autism to sing at Raymond James Stadium to celebrate people with disabilities

Free event for everyone May 4
Posted at 6:34 AM, Apr 25, 2019

TAMPA, Fla. — Christina Hundley learned to sing using a karaoke machine.

She also learned how to talk again.

Christina, who has autism, was abandoned as a child, an event so traumatic she stopped talking.

She was saved by relatives who became her adoptive parents. The singing machine was their idea.

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“It was the karaoke machine that brought me out of my shell, and I’ve been singing ever since,” says Christina.

On May 4 at Raymond James Stadium, Christina will perform for thousands of people at the Best Buddies Friendship Walk.

Registration is free. Pets are invited, too.

Best Buddies is an organization that preaches inclusivity and love for all, people with disabilities included.

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Christina is a singing global ambassador for Best Buddies. It’s her mission to entertain and bring people together.

“It doesn’t matter what disability you have, everybody needs to feel included and not excluded from society,” she says.