Linkin Park Singer And His Boston Terrier Helping Kids In Scottsdale

(Photo courtesy of David Wallace/The Arizona Republic)

Let’s add Chester Bennington to the “celebrities with Boston Terriers” list. Here’s the great story via

Sure, he’s sold millions of records and headlined any number of the most prestigious music venues in the world. But Chester Bennington of Linkin Park seems pretty stoked to be the featured entertainment at the second annual Stars of the Season: A Night in Rio at Montelucia Resort & Spa in Scottsdale.

That’s because all proceeds benefit a cause both near and dear to the tattooed rocker’s heart – Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa, Banner Health’s only pediatric medical facility.

Bennington’s wife Talinda, currently expecting twins, has volunteered at Cardon Children’s since it opened.

 So has Bruiser, the family’s Boston Terrier.

And Bennington himself has dropped in on his share of patients, signing autographs, posing for pictures and otherwise brightening the day for the patient and singer alike.

“They’re in here struggling through some pretty long days and some pretty intense treatments,” Bennington says, “so it’s kind of cool to see their faces light up when I walk in the room.”

Talinda got involved at Cardon Children’s first.

“Our next-door neighbor is a nurse here,” she says. “And before the hospital was completely built, she knocked on my door and said ‘Banner is building this new children’s hospital. Would you like to be part of it by volunteering as part of fund-raising? With your husband’s name, we believe you could bring a lot to the hospital.’ I came down here and fell in love with it. I walked the hospital and saw what it could be.”

And the timing was perfect.

As Bennington says, “Talinda had really been itching to do something for the community and she wanted to get our dogs, or at least Bruiser, involved in some type of pet program where he could provide some type of companionship or therapy for people.”

Bruiser, as it turns out, likes the work.

“We can volunteer at any Banner hospital,” Talinda says. “But actually, my dog likes to be with the kids. When we go to the adult side, he doesn’t want to go into the rooms and interact with patients. When we come here, he’ll just lie with the child for, like, an hour if they let him.”

Bruiser’s put more time in at the hospital than Bennington.

But to be fair, he does less touring.

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