Local Drummer Needs Surgery, The Shin Dig Calls on Neighbors for Help

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The law of karma demands that one not be motivated by the result of good deeds, rather that they just be good for the sake of goodness. Doing good things for others matters most in times of trial and illness. 

Things aren't easy these days for anyone who owes money to anyone for anything, or for those looking for work. And while finding work and fending off debt are part of life's daily struggle for most. Worse than that is trying to make ends meet while every bone in your body aches uncontrollably. 

That's what's happening for local musician Steve-O of the band the Shin Dig. His whole life, he's suffered from multiple degenerative and arthritic joint disorders that prevent him from fully extending his arms and legs comfortably, or even just rolling out of bed with ease -- things so easily taken for granted.

Mostly, it's prevented him from doing what he loves: rocking out on the drums. 

Some things have fallen into place for the local musician. His father has been able to insure Steve-O under his health insurance until the age of 26, which for Steve-O is literally two months away. His doctors hope to start surgeries almost immediately in order to take advantage of the time and make the most of it. 

It's easy to be a skeptic in a society like ours. So many people take without giving. It's easy to walk around minding your own business, shrugging off another's problems claiming that there's nothing you can do. 

If you've got a dollar to spare and a minute to spread this message, we think you should go for it. Pitch in a dollar, and see how far it goes. Pitch in five if you can. 

After all, our economy's wilted and stunted state is based on the simple underestimation of a single dollar bill, and a lot of blind skepticism. 





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Judy
Judy

It's terrific that new Times picked up this story, thank you! But there's a line in your story that is far from correct: "it's prevented him from doing what he loves: rocking out on the drums." The amazing thing about Steve Michaels aka "Steve-O" is that he has not let his debilitating illnesses prevent him from performing. He gigs with his band The Shin Dig 2-4 nights per week, battling through all the pain he has from arthritis in all 360 joints in his body, MPV, Osteoporosis, Tendonitis, and Carpel Tunnel Syndrome. Up until now, the public did not know about just how painful it was for him to play drums- because he plays like a champ, with a smile on his face, as he masks his chronic pain. 

What others may not know is that besides his band gigs, Steve-O is working hard to establish a charity organization that would benefit musicians and youths who work against the agonizing effects of arthritis, a national project called "Rock-Your-Bones" that will have large community drum circles to raise awareness of arthritis and other debilitating diseases that impair physical function and to pick a sponsor in each state who will receive a portion of proceeds to offset medical costs. 

Steve-O is truly an inspiration among musicians and music fans throughout South Florida, which is the reason so many have rallied to support this cause. We're all chipping in so that a drummer (and all around awesome guy) can get "new elbows" ... I mean WHO wouldn't want to be a part of THAT? ; ) 

There's a paypal link to toss in a few bucks, and there's a benefit at Cheers Food & Spirits on Monday, Feb. 18th, the night before Steve's surgery. There's information to make donations via PayPal or check (and read more about Steve) here: https://www.facebook.com/events/333529986758625 and information about the Benefit (and all of the performers who have donated their time and talent for the cause) here: https://www.facebook.com/events/163152633833559

Thanks again, New Times, for covering this beautiful story. You have extended our reach and we are grateful. 

Regards,
Judy Blem, Owner
Main Event Talent Agency
... and proud Agent for The Shin Dig


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