The picture above is you "returning the love" when I got your attention in Hamilton Ontario (spring 2016). I combined it with a picture of me beside your stage pre-concert.
GARTH BROOKS, PLEASE HELP ME WITH A GIFT OF SONG LOVE AND HOPE!
PLEASE MEET AND SING "MOM" TO SANDRA IN EDMONTON FEBRUARY 2017!!!
This Is The Page I Created For Help Giving...
A Gift Of Song Love and Hope To Sandra, Michael, Dylan, The Little One In Sandra's Womb, and Jackson's Memory.
Above are pictures of Dylan and Jackson born 16 weeks premature. Thirteen days later the Lord called Jackson back to be with him.
*Clicking the images will enlarge them
Above is an ultrasound of the baby currently growing in the same womb in which Dylan and Jackson both began their journey in. This baby is due to arrive June 21, 2017.
******* Please keep in mind that this is still "scattered" and unorganized just now as I have few resources ******
First and foremost I want to say what the gift is...
I really, really hope that during your time in Edmonton, you will meet Sandra and Michael, I would love it if you would sing "Mom" to her. The reasons for this are obvious with any expectant mother as well as any mother you, I and so many others know that. But man, I believe within my heart of hearts that the reasons in the case of Sandra, Michael, Dylan, Jackson (Dylan's twin brother that passed away just 13 days after he was born), and the baby Sandra is carrying in her womb now, are beyond profound!
Below I have outlined just some of the important reasons for asking you to help me in this effort I am making to give the gifts of song love and hope to Sandra, Michael, Dylan, The Little One In Sandra's Womb, and Jackson's Memory.
There a number of incredibly important reasons for this link on my website I promise you!
The reasons for this are important for you, for a wonderful woman who is also a wonderful mommy and daddy to a little man who along with his twin brother was born on is July 23 2015.
Dylan and Jackson were born 16 weeks premature and fought a damn hard fight to face this world.
Thirteen days after the boys began their fight, the lord decided that he had to call Jackson back to be with him and gave Dylan the strength to fight his way out of the hospital but not without some heavy fights out here.
Although I have yet to meet him, Dylan is a strong little man so I have complete faith in him, Sandra and Michael (his wonderful, strong mommy and daddy), and the lord that they may all work together to overcome the fights he faces today!
Dylan is doing well. He though, has, metabolic bone disease and problems with his retinas in his eyes, he was born with a condition called Retinopothy of Prematurity.
Retinopothy of Prematurity basically means his retinas are not growing properly and there is a concern they will detach from his eye leaving him blind! He is followed by a specialist for this and has received injections in his eyes to help as well as laser surgery. He will most likely need laser surgery again in March or April of 2017.
He also has, Metabolic Bone Disease that he attends appointments with the Endocrinologist to monitor and medication to treat it. Otherwise he sees his Pediatrician regularly who monitors everything else and so far he is meeting developmental milestones for his age!
Dylan has also been struggling to put on weight and is far below the average size for his age. Sandra and Michael continue to work with a dietician, occupational therapist, and his Pediatrician to increase his caloric intake to help him gain weight. He though is a strong little man and along with his mommy and daddy will fight all of this and every other problem he faces!
As the top of this page briefly notes using an ultrasound picture, Sandra and Michael are expecting another sibling for Dylan in June of this year.
Can you imagine all that is involved in this? I can't fathom it but, I am hoping we can give this gift of meeting and song to ease it!
In hopes of making this a reality, I will be traveling 3803 kilometers by bus. When you were in Hamilton Ontario last spring, I put nearly all of my belongings with monetary value in a pawn shop in order to afford the trip, attend two shows, and bring the piece of cardboard that had "These rags that I'm wearing will be Fit For a King". I wasn't able to get tickets that put me in front of the stage for that show (the second show of your last night in Hamilton).
The ticket I was able to get had me behind the stage which was still amazing. I provided the sign that was made to the security staff and asked that it be shown to you before you took the stage. The lady remembered me from being at the concert the night before and throwing my Homeless Happens hat to you and assured me you would get the sign. During the encore, you sang Fit For a King despite stating before singing it that, it "goes all the way back to Sevens", you don't remember having performed it live, and most probably don't know it either....
Garth, although this was my first time ever seeing you in person, I have been with you guys! I started coming along back "When The Old Stuff Was New". No, it wasn't Fresh Horses that got me to follow along obviously you know what I was doing there. I have been along so long that all I can think is that, I'm "Much To Young", To Feel This Damn Old.
Ok, enough being tacky and on to the reason for all of this and the extents I am going in hopes of you meeting Sandra and Michael in Edmonton on February 25, 2017 which also happens to be, Michael's birthday.
Please take a moment that will last a lifetime in the lives of three people as well as the little one that will be born only months after you leave the area!
I came up with all of this without alerting Sandra to my efforts in making this a reality but, I couldn't keep my big mouth shut about it forever and have told her some of what I am trying to do but, I have not told her the lengths I am going to in hopes of this becoming a reality. I though am going to give you some insight into how it is that I am going to at least make her and Michael going to the February 25th concert a reality. I too will be attending but, this is not about me despite having the same hopes I did in Hamilton.
Many times in my life the "Wolves" have dragged me down so, I am no stranger to the circumstances I have faced and will face again in order to make this effort and to be at this concert whether you find you are able to honour my wish or, if for whatever reason you aren't! I am going to travel 3803 kilometers over 55 hours and 10 minutes (according to the bus line itinerary) to get to Edmonton for this.
*This is definitely not a distance that is too far, I have walked much longer distances than that in the past that actually found me right where you are going to be. That though was for homeless awareness and I will ride a bicycle even further once I get back on my feet for homeless awareness.
I am selling the few remaining items I have again in order to FIRST buy Sandra and Michael their tickets for the February 25th. It is a gift to Michael (Whom I have yet to meet in person) for his birthday and as an extension of gratitude for taking care of a wonderful woman (Sandra) who 7 years ago "smacked" the reckless life I was living with "realities backhand" and told me she sees my beauty, my heart, and my ability to shine the way I promised my little sister as she was departing this world at the end of her battle with Cystic Fibrosis. The reason she "put me in check" that evening was as a result of my admiration for her and all that she strives to do and hopes for when it comes to human beings (especially youth). Since then, I have not been ashamed to show I care, to show that we all need to care, to fight for those that the "Wolves" have dragged down.
In order to afford traveling there by bus as opposed to walking this time, I will be utilizing the funds that remain from my January and February monthly disability benefits I am allotted for living expenses, get tickets for as many of the Edmonton shows as I can, that of course is, if there is any money left over after getting Sandra and Michael a ticket for the February 25th show. In the event that there isn't money remaining for me to get tickets, I will do everything within my power to try getting tickets. In the event it is not possible for me to get to any of the shows, that is OK because, I will still have got tickets for them and made it out to meet Michael and Dylan, and have coffee with Sandra for the first time in eons!
I will be without a place to stay while out there but as I eluded to, I have been in this position in the past. That and the gift of having this come true far outweighs any potential discomfort and or situation arising from "roughing it" until I get back to Ontario to acquire housing again!
I am going to tell you the little bit that I know about Michael and what I know about Sandra...
Michael will turn 43 on the same day you perform the last of your Edmonton shows this tour. They currently live in a small town a couple hours by car outside of Edmonton, As I mentioned, Sandra is not back at work yet but plans to work from home so she can continue to be with Dylan and then the new baby once she gives birth in June. She will not be able to receive maternity benefits with the new baby as she hasn't been able to go back to work to earn any weeks of benefits but she says to me, "That's OK! We will make it work somehow Michael is an Industrial Electrician and I am hoping to do some bookkeeping from home For the most part". *So yes, She's Gonna Make It".
Essentially, Michael is now and will be for some time the sole provider for this family in order that Sandra tend to Dylan and take care of herself during her current pregnancy.
Not long after meeting Sandra she became my best friend in life (7 years ago when I had moved to Alberta from Ontario for nearly five months). A lot transpired during that time (as well as previous to me moving there full time) before life's situations had me in the position reminiscent to another song I love from an album titled Sevens. I always knew that "She's Gonna Make It" (the part of that song as applicable to me need not be discussed just now).
I returned to Ontario, I got a tattoo behind my left ear "SWPWML" it relates to so many things "Sandra and I" before getting it as a tattoo. The reason for having it tattooed behind my left ear is that Sandra is my conscience from here on when faced with decisions to make and all that is required in being a good person, and making sure that everyone knows we are all worthy!
While the acronym "SWPWML" will always have "nostalgic" meaning in my yesterdays and will always be a reminder of the wonderful person she is and, friend she is & has been to me, it has become a new acronym that I am going to reveal to her when I get off the bus, I am hoping that will take place when (if) you take this moment I am hoping for.
There is so much more to tell but, I am in a fast food restaurant to use the internet connection just now, and my time is well past expired for the coffee I bought to be here over 6 hours ago. I will better articulate this and add more to it overnight between the 9th & 10 of January!
The video (I will put here no later than, Tuesday January 10, 2017 or as soon as I "get it right" 'I am long winded and passionate and trying to curb that') is me explaining SOME details and SOME of the reasons I am making this effort and willing to go to the extremes and make the sacrifices I am in order to make this a reality. Watching it and reading the details below will show why making this effort a reality will be worth it to all of us, including You!