I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music. -Billy Joel
Music has definitely had a healing impact on one music fan. Bobbette Miller of Lobelville, Tenn. was in need of a donor kidney and her health was deteriorating. Last year, she received a new kidney, thanks in part to Donnie Wahlberg of New Kids On The Block (NKOTB).
Miller and her new kidney are doing well since the transplant last June. However, medical expenses are overwhelming, required monthly prescriptions and doctor bills can add up to a lot more than most people can afford. With this in mind, another of her favorite musicians has stepped in to lend a voice and help to ease the financial burden.
Tenacity/Crazytown Recording Artist, Darryl Worley, has donated his time and talents to a benefit for Miller. The event is ‘An Intimate Evening With Darryl Worley’. It will be held on May 8th at 6:30 pm. Many Cedars Campground and Trail Rides in Hohenwald, Tenn is the venue and they are encouraging fans to camp and enjoy the Buffalo River by donating a portion of the campers fee to Miller.
Miller is a longtime fan of Worley. He had heard that Frogking Konfections and Strum Magazine were putting together Songwriter Nights to help raise money for Miller and suggested an Acoustic set to help out. Many Cedars came aboard to offer a nice venue.
Worley is currently promoting his new single ‘You Still Got It.’ It is available on iTunes, on radio, on CMT and on his website, www.darrylworley.com. Worley is known for such hits as ‘Have You Forgotten?’, “I Miss My Friend’, “Tennessee River Run’ and many more. Benefit attendees will be treated to new music from him and there will be autographed auction items to help raise funds for Miller.
The tickets are $25, which includes dinner and dessert, provided by Frogking Konfections. The menu will include BBQ, Coleslaw, Potato Salad, Baked Beans and an array of Fruit Cobblers for dessert. Reserved seating guarantees a table and chair, general admission is available, also. Dinner and dessert will be included but you may want to bring a chair.
Bobbette’s status on Twitter, the social media site that brought her DonnieWahlberg, is @auntbobbie ‘I am blessed with great friends and family.I love God beyond words. Music is the best medicine ever. I LOVE NKOTB and Darryl Worley 4 a lot of reasons.’
“Darryl, members of his fan club The ‘Worleybirds’ and his family have been very supportive of Miller throughout the years. He truly takes care of his fans and this is a perfect example of how music can heal. (or in this case; musicians can heal) Come out on Tuesday, May 8th and show your support,” says Patti Havlat co-owner of Frogking Konfections.
Miller’s story was all over the news last year, after Wahlberg retweeted a tweet from her best friend about Bobbette needing a donor kidney. Vanderbilt was flooded with calls from NKOTB fans who wanted to help. She had six anonymous matches and several other kidney recipients were saved because of 140 characters and a simple retweet.
Wahlberg checks in on Miller from time to time and has been interviewed on shows such as Rachael Ray about the ‘small’ act that saved lives.
written by Krys Spain Midgett