the spring of 1993, shortly after our family learned my sister Linda had
MS, I was deeply disturbed by the process's, treatments,
hospitalizations and in home health care which my sister was to endure.
Though she was married at the time, I knew this catastrophic illness
would reach far into their pockets and possibly drain them of all they
had. There is no cure for MS and treatments are numerous and costly. At
the same time Linda was enduring these dreadful difficulties I was busy
putting a personal relationship which had been unraveling, behind me. I
was now looking for something to get my mind off my troubles. At the
time my music had been dormant and not serving any purpose but my own
satisfactions. I decided to put my musical, philanthropic talents to
work for my sister. The idea to put on a benefit concert was born. Using
my own hard earned dollars, I
began by searching for a concert hall, then calling on friends in the
local music business I had already known to donate their talents
such as; Michael Smith and rock
'n' roll heavy hitter Dirty Dan Buck and The Boyzz guitarist Gil Pini. Once I had my venue
chosen I started calling on all my band mates and other musician friends
to donate their talents such as; Al Ehrich,
Angela Licari, Rich Koc, Kurt Christensen, and Paul Weaver. A date was
set for August 22nd, 1997. In the eight year's to come I
gave three such benefit concerts, 1997, 2001
and 2004, raising nearly $46,000.00 to help pitch in my
fair share to Linda's in home health care costs. It is important to note her
costs were so enormous that my contributions remained but a small
what was truly needed. My Mother, my Father my sister Nancy and her
husband Brad Gamss along with help from our cousins family; the
Schawk's, altogether contributed, making certain Linda had the best of care we
could provide her. It is important to note that All of the
performing musicians mentioned above, donated their time and enormous
talents to the cause of helping my sister out. Altogether, their contributions of
time and talent greatly surpassed even my own expectations.
Collectively, and along with help from some family, we all managed put on
some great shows. Appearing at the subsequent, latter 2 shows were: Anne
Hills and the late Tom Dundee. If you click on the graphics below
of the concert programs, you can read more and view pictures from all
As Linda's disease progressed, and after much personal peril, her husband divorced her.
A weak position at best. He
had the help of a loving brother in law and an entire family to help out
emotionally and financially. Mr. Walton never called, or showed up, to
Linda's memorial service, nor did he call or attend our mother's funeral
when she passed away shortly after Linda death... again a weak position
Linda passed away on October 16th, 2006. It was an enormous undertaking
to help Linda survive all those years. As much as her disease affected
her mind, I know in my heart she appreciated it. She still lives within
Click on the program
cover's below (1997, 2001, 2004) and view details, pictures and audio of
each benefit show I put on.
on graphic below
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