CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Popstar Justin Timberlake is coming to Charlotte next week and one of his most popular songs holds a special meaning for a local family struck by tragedy.

  • Charlie Holt died in 2017
  • Holt's parents say the song "Can't Stop the Feeling" is keeping sunshine in their lives

Five-year-old Charlie Holt died in 2017. Holt's favorite song was Timberlake's hit "Can't Stop the Feeling." After his death, Charlie's classmates walked out to the song at their graduation to honor his memory. 

Holt's parents say the song is keeping the sunshine in their lives. 

"Now, it's completely different, right? We hear the song, and of course sometimes there are tears, but there's a lot of joy because that's how Charlie lived. He lived outspoken, enjoying his life, dancing through life, and we hope that we can live that way for him," says Rebecca Holt, Charlie's mom. 

Timberlake is performing at the Spectrum Center on January 8. Rebecca is going to the concert, and hopes she hears Timberlake play Charlie's song. 

The next fundraiser for Charlie's Heart Foundation will be Charlie's Carnival on Saturday, March 30. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Stumptown Park in Matthews. 

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