Adam Nurre's rehabilitation fund
My name is Marc Fort, and I work at the Texas Music Office in Austin, TX. Like many Austinites, fans of Texas music, and lovers of music around the country, I was heartbroken to learn of the tragic accident that happened last week to the Austin-based band, Porter & the Bluebonnet Rattlesnakes.
On Wednesday, October 19, 2016 in North Carolina, Adam Nurre and his bandmates Chris Porter and Mitchell Vandenburg were stopped in traffic on Interstate 95 when a tractor trailer truck crashed into their touring vehicle, taking the life of Adam's bandmates, Chris Porter and Mitchell Vandenburg.
Miraculously, Adam survived the accident. He is confined to a wheelchair for 2 weeks, then he faces a long road of physical therapy and rehabilitation in order to get back to his life of performing and teaching music full time.
Through meeting Adam via my work at the Texas Music Office, I've learned that he is not only an incredible musician, but a gracious, stand-up guy that is beloved by the Austin music community and beyond.
I've recently helped Adam get in touch with & utilize the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians, and the SIMS Foundation. Later, I was suprised to learn that no one had set up a GoFundMe account for Adam, something that he would never do for himself, or ask anyone to do. My hope is that through donations, our community can come together and help Adam fill the donut-hole in his medical insurance coverage, as well as help him with the lost income that he will suffer during his months of rehabilitation.
You can learn more about the unfathomable accident here: http://music.blog.austin360.com/2016/10/20/two-austin-musicians-killed-in-car-crash-on-tour/.
And you can learn more about Adam and his life as a musician and music educator here: http://www.adamnurre.com/.
I'd also like to note that when I approached Adam about the idea of setting up a GoFundMe account for him, he immediately suggested that funds from the account be also donated to the surviving families of his bandmates, Chris and Mitchell. I concurred with Adam, knowing how exepsnive funeral expenses are these days.
So Adam will be splitting all donations 3 ways with the parents/surviving family members of his deceased bandmates.
Thank you in advance...to everyone...for coming together to help lift up our fellow musician and Chris and Mitchell's family during this incredibly difficult time.
Hey y'all! Adam here again. Things have been going quite well in recent weeks, and I'm excited to share that my recovery is very much on-track with the expectations of all my doctors and therapists. My right foot has almost completely healed, pain from bruised ribs has all but vanished, and mobility in my left arm is getting a little better every week. The left foot is still healing up, and while it seems that some of the nerve damage there will be permanent, it should be otherwise healed and back to full use within a month or so. Some chronic back and neck pain has surfaced in the last month, and a visit to the chiropractor revealed some compression between T1-T2 vertebrae as the culprit.. it's honestly not much of a surprise, though I am undergoing regular chiropractic and massage therapy treatments to get things straightened out back there. I'm walking around the house like a semi-normal bipedal human, though I'm still wearing a brace on the left foot and using a cane whenever I have to be up and about for an extended time. Still some time before I'll be back to 100%, but I'm just so very happy and fortunate to be making forward progress.
I'm also happy to report that I've been working to regain some musical movement. I'm slowly able to pick up some bass guitar as mobility in my left arm improves, and have been drumming daily as well -- so far, just sticks on a practice pad, but I'm planning to try some drum set this weekend. It's all about finding the balance between working things back into shape without over-doing it! My plan is to start scheduling some gigs in town for late January '17, and hopefully get back to playing full-time soon after.
As you know, my original intention was to split the proceeds of this campaign equally between myself and Chris & Mitchell's parents. In the past month, I've spoken at length with the Porter & Vandenburg families, and each was extremely generous and gracious in their insistence that I keep the full amount to assist with my ongoing medical bills and living expenses. As they each stated, it's "what their boys would've wanted". While I don't think I can ever fully repay that kindness, I have decided to donate a portion of the funds raised to memorial causes for each of my dear friends -- There's work underway to get an album of Mitchell's music re-mastered and released, and folks are also editing together many hours of video footage from his solo shows over the past year, with plans to find a venue and arrange a memorial screening. For Chris, who had a fantastic completed album that had yet to be released at the time of the wreck, there is a memorial/fundraiser event scheduled for Dec 11 (link below), where proceeds will go toward getting that record mastered, duplicated, and released out into the wild. I'm so thankful to be in a position to support both of these efforts for my brothers, and it wouldn't be possible without all of your generous donations. I can't say "thank you" enough (though I'm certainly gonna try!), but just know that your love and support mean the world to me.
Keep an eye on social media for updates and details on other upcoming memorial events, as there are several things in the works for the coming months. In the meantime, hug someone you love, be well, and have a great holiday. Cheers y'all!! --Adam
Chris Porter memorial & album release fundraiser -- Dec 11 @ C-Boy's in Austin
"Hey y'all! Adam here. I wanted to say thanks again for your donations and support. Some of you I've had the chance to talk to or visit with recently, and I plan to reach out to the rest of you over the coming weeks to thank you individually.
Update on my condition -- I'm back in Austin as of last Monday, and have been overwhelmed with love from my friends, family, and the music community as a whole. It's been a very busy week of settling in and catching up (remember I've basically been on tour since July!), and I'm so very fortunate to have folks staying with me at home and others stopping by periodically to help out with various errands and day to day needs. Getting a little more mobile every day, and have recently been allowed to transition out of using the wheelchair full-time and in to hobbling around the house with a cane. I start physical therapy this week, and also have an appointment with a mental health specialist -- very much looking forward to taking the next steps toward getting my body and mind back to 100%.
Know that your donations are helping to cover out-of-pocket costs for my five-day stay in NC trauma care after the wreck, as well as orthopedic appointments in OH that weren't covered by my insurance. It's also an enormous weight lifted off my shoulders to know that I have a bit of a 'safety net' to help with living expenses while I'm unable to work/gig/tour.
There are memorial/benefit shows coming up this Tuesday, Nov 15th, at Stay Gold in east Austin, and at The Nick in Birmingham on Saturday, Nov 26th. A few other future events are also in the works, and I'll do my best to keep everyone updated on those as they develop.
Finally, I've recently been in touch with the Porter and Vandenburg families -- we've discussed some ideas as to how the funds can best be used to honor Chris and Mitch, and I'll have another update with more specific information about that coming later this week.
Be well, y'all. Cheers."
First, THANK YOU for the donations to Adam's rehabilitation fund...sincerely.
When I initially set-up the goal yesterday, I hadn't accounted for Adam's righteous and generous idea of splitting all donations 3 ways to help Chris and Mitchell's parents pay for the funeral expenses of their beloved sons. Knowing how expensive medical care and funeral expenses are, I'd like to increase the goal from $5,000 to $10,000.
With lots of small, medium, and large donations, I feel confident we can get there. As any of us know that have had to make end of life arrangements for our loved ones, this amount won't completely cover funeral arrangements and Adam's medical bills...but it will put a significant dent into them.
Adam will keep us updated on his rehabilitation progress too!
Thanks again everyone. Don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions too!
"I see my light come shining From the west unto the east Any day now, any day now I shall be released"
where words fail music speaks(,Hans Christian Andersen), Your Music spoke too me when nothing else seemed to make séance. Continued Prayers for all effected by this tragedy. Adam Heal up Brother You are The Keeper of the Beat. ROCK THE NATION Folks, See You at the Rock Show.