Courtesy Joslin Diabetes Center
October 17, 2016 07:45 PM

Eric Paslay know what it’s like to be a kid with diabetes. Now, he’s helping young people who are living with the disease thrive just like him.

The “Friday Night” crooner welcomed a group of kids, their parents and a few caregivers from the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston backstage at his Friday concert at the House of Blues. Currently on his Angels in This Town tour, Paslay wore a black leather jacket and black baseball hat to hang with the group, who made him a “Joslin is sweet on Eric” poster. He also made sure to snap lots of selfies with the kids.

Paslay, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 10, shared his experience with the disease and listened as they told them about their lives as teens with type 1 diabetes. Paslay even compared glucose numbers with one patient who had the same Dexcom glucose monitor as him, reporting that his number was “perfect.”

Courtesy Joslin Diabetes Center
Courtesy Joslin Diabetes Center

Paslay, who married music publisher Natalie Harker last year, also shared that he wanted to be an endocrinologist until he was about 18 years old, but ultimately decided to pursue his career in music instead.

“We are truly blown away by Eric’s kindness,” Dr. Michelle Katz of Joslin told PEOPLE. “His willingness to spend one-on-one time with our young patients and really bond with them tonight about his own experiences with type 1 diabetes meant so much to them.”

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