Survivor of drive-by shooting hopes to meet Blake Shelton, launches social media push

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by Javier Soto

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azfamily.com

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 11:21 AM

Updated Friday, Apr 18 at 11:21 AM

PHOENIX -- He's talented, funny and cool but now country superstar Blake Shelton can add to that list and be called a healer. How? By meeting his No. 1 fan, Adam Pepiton.

The young Valley man suffered a severe head wound during a random drive-by shooting in 2010. The bullet pierced his brain. A college student studying criminal justice at the time, Pepiton was not the target. While he was not expected to survive, he continues to make amazing progress.

Pepiton's inspiring story is documented in a video he and his mother made to try to help him meet Shelton. The pictures from the time he was shot and the time he stood for the first time after the incident are played to Pepiton's favorite Shelton song, "God Gave Me You."
(Watch Pepiton's video)

"That song just speaks to me and motivates me," the burly young man, a 2008 graduate of Cesar Chavez High School, said.

Although he's in a wheelchair, Pepiton says when he meets Shelton he will stand, something he has not done in quite some time.

"I want to meet him face to face," he explained.

Another reason he wants to meet the country crooner? Shelton performs at the AK Chin Pavilion on Sept. 5, the anniversary of the shooting that nearly ended -- and most certainly changed -- Pepiton's life.

"Every year we have a celebration of life on that day," he said. "So for Blake to be in Arizona is a sign."

Pepiton is asking for the public to help share his video to get Blake Shelton's attention.

"To meet him is definitely at the top of my bucket list," he said.

Watch Adam Pepiton's video (Pick up where you left off reading.)

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