Likewise, she couldn’t go to dances. Health issues even prevented her from going to prom.
All that doesn’t matter to her though.
On Tuesday, this 23-year-old woman had her life’s wish granted when The Telestials arrived in Beeville for a concert.
“They bring her so much joy,” her mother, Cora Sain, said as her daughter sang along with the group performing at La Amistad Adult Care.
“If you take a look while she is watching them, she is just beaming with joy.
“They will always have a place in my heart for that reason.
“They bring her so much joy.”
Sitting there, the smile on Evelyn’s face says more than she could ever express in words.
“I have all of their CDs,” Evelyn said. “I know the words to all their songs.”
The gospel group’s arrival in Beeville is thanks to Cora, who wanted to see her daughter’s wish come true.
“She got it in her head about a year and a half ago that she wanted them to come to the day care,” her mother said.
They have been going to see them perform since Evelyn was 4 years old. In that time she has only missed a handful of concerts.
“She aches for contact with them,” she said.
Back in January, Evelyn told her mother that she was going to save her money and get the group to come.
“I knew it would cost an exorbitant amount of money,” she said.
Evelyn was determined and saved every dime she could.
Within six months she had gathered $125 — in all actually not near enough to bring the group to Beeville.
Cora knew the group was performing Thursday in Victoria so she made a call to Beth Glass, a member of the group with her plea.
Beth said, “We just wanted to do it for Evelyn and now we are doing it for everyone.”
Nogelia Bradt, who was introducing the group, said, “We believe in our heart of hearts, if it had not been for our little Evelyn, this never would have happened.”
It is that dedication to Evelyn that is endearing this group to Cora and her family.
“They have been so amazing,” Cora said. “Every concert they dedicate a song to her. They call her name out.
“This is the number one thing in her life.
“When one concert is over, she is looking forward to the next.”
Jason Collins is the editor at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 121, or at editor@mySouTex.com.