Eric's Heroes: He composes to uplift, heal and make the world a better place

 Mateo Messina composes a symphony each year to benefit Seattle Children's Hospital. (Photo: KOMO News)

What an amazing thing it must be to have a gift that allows a person to conjure up something truly beautiful right out of thin air.

But do you know what's even more amazing? Using that gift to uplift, and heal, and make the world a better place.

The man you are about to meet is a composer, and every year he composes an entire symphony to raise money for Seattle Children's Hospital. It is performed only once, at Benaroya Hall.

This year was his 20th symphony.

Meet Mateo Messina. He's my Hero.

Editor's Note: "Eric's Heroes" is a weekly series airing every Wednesday on KOMO News in the 6 p.m. newscast. If you have a good story about a good person doing good things for the right reasons, share it with Eric by sending an email to

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