Multiple Myeloma Fundraiser with Damien Horne

20150131_225321This is my Grandma, Bonnie Wilfong. She was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, a blood and bone cancer, on her and my grandpa’s 50th anniversary, Aug 5th 2011. When they found out she had it her cancer counts were up in the 8,000’s. Last year they were below 1000 which was amazing but didn’t last long. The new Chemo she was put on, after the old one stopped working, was called Krypolis and 3% of people have a strong allergic reaction to it. She was of that 3%. It put her in the hospital with heart and lung failure. She is now on a new chemo called Bendamustine injection. It is working so far but it’s a stronger Chemo than she is used to so it makes her sick to her stomach and drops her white blood cell count quickly. That put her in the hospital again on Monday afternoon. She was released the next day after getting her WBC counts back up. The good news is, her cancer counts are dropping significantly! Thank God! multiple_myeloma_ribbon_tee
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I put a fundraiser together for her benefit. It was very last minute, only had a few weeks to plan the entire event and get all the permissions we needed but we did it. I was surprisingly able to book a well known musician as well. It was partly his idea.54bc271d92cc0 (1)

This artist is not only talented but he is very special to me and now my entire family. When I thought of putting this event together, he was who I imagined playing for it. Damien Horne made our event even more exciting and meaningful. He was all in from the very beginning. We had talk about it before but could never pick a date that worked for everyone so when we finally were able to agree on a date it was just a few weeks out. The event didn’t raise the money we hoped it would but it did make a good dent in it. There will be more events to come for this cause and for my grandma.FOT4781 (1)

The entire day of the event was spent with my family. When it came time for the show to start everyone was there. My Uncle Johnnie, and future cousin-in-law Matt lent me their sound equipment for Damien to use. Uncle Johnnie set everything up for me because I had no idea how to use all of it and no idea what it took to have an acoustic show. I can’t even imagine if I would have tried to get the entire band involved for my first experience with organizing events on my own. He was originally going to run the sound equipment also then a god send came in to pull it all together. Dave Kirth did an amazing job with the sound that night. We had crossed paths before because of Damien Horne’s band “The Farm” but I had no idea he would be there also. I hope we can have him for the next, even bigger event. 20150131_205115

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Needless to say, there are a few things I need to work out before the next one, but it turned out great! Damien sang his heart out for over two hours, talking and joking with everyone. He was able to get even the youngest kids interested in watching him perform. Not only did he give a wonderful performance, he made an effort to get to know my family and really talk to my grandma. He made a gigantic impact on each one of them, giving everyone a night to remember. I think it’s safe to say, they all love him as much as I do now! I can’t wait until next time and hope it’s sooner rather than later.

20150201_002736IMAG1584IMAG1585Make sure you all check out this special, talented, and caring musician on His WebsiteFacebook, TwitterSoundCloudYoutube and Instagram! Also, check out the band he’s in The Farm as well! You will love them! The Farm on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Website and Youtube!

 

 

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Lauren Alaina “Same Day Different Bottle”

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I have been obsessed with this song the day it was first posted on the internet! I remember waiting and hitting refresh until it finally popped up on my screen. This girl is an inspiration to all women. Since Lauren got runner up (should have been 1st place) on American Idol season 10 she has come a very long way with her Debut Album ‘Wildflower’ debuting at #5 on the Billboard 200 charts and #2 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. Dec. 10th 2012 she won New Artist of the Year at the American Country Awards. Having been there to see the reaction of the crowd you would think she won Single of the Year. I personally think she should have. If you didn’t cry watching that, you have a stone heart! We all felt a sense of pride in her as if she were our Friend/Family member winning this grand award because she makes us all feel so close to her!LA6

With all this success she has had, Lauren has also been going through a lot privately. She was always the bubbly, open booked girl who seemed to have everything, including her amazing family, together. Until recently, that is, when she opened up about her father battling with alcoholism. Like Lauren does with everything, she made this terrible thing a learning experience. The amazing and beautiful song “Same Day Different Bottle” came out of it. I remember her saying that the song was therapy for her. It opened a line of communication between her and her father and really helped them deal with everything. I love knowing that through all of their problems Lauren will always support her dad and vice versa. Family is most important above everything else for the Suddeth family.

LA5I feel for her even more now that her parents are going through a divorce. We can all imagine how hard that would be to deal with. At first it seemed like everyone was fighting it from happening but now both Kristy and J.J. seem happier and healthier. I LOVE her family and hope everything works out for them.

Alaina hopes to record this track on her sophomore album. I see a #1 hit in her near future, once it is released on country radio, of course. Until then, hear her new single here! You may just love it as much as I do!