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American Idol finalist sings to benefit PCH

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An American Idol finalist is singing to inspire hope at a benefit for Phoenix Children's Hospital on Saturday.

Scott MacIntyre will perform at the Inaugural Ignite Hope event, where money will be raised through a candlelight walk through Phoenix and the hospital.

MacIntyre was the first blind contestant on American Idol, finishing in the top 10 finals in season eight in 2009.

At 19-years-old, he was diagnosed with end-stage kidney disease and almost died. Luckily, he had a kidney transplant with a kidney donated by his former piano teacher's wife.

MacIntyre was admitted into the Barrett Honors College and Herberger College of Fine Arts at AsU when he was just 14-years-old.  He graduated summa cum laude by 19-years-old and later earned a master's degree from the Royal Holloway University of London and the Royal College of Music in London.

You can also read MacIntyre's autobiography, "By Faith, Not by Sight," released in 2012.

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