Matthew, his wife Tatiana "Tajci" and their three boys toured the US for 15 years and completed over 1,000 FREE concerts. They inspired hundreds of thousands of people to heal, have faith and believe that with God all is possible. She performed, he booked and managed the tours.
They decided to stop touring extensively and find other work after their boys expressed their desire for a "normal high school experience". Tajci would continue to perform and develop other work that would allow her to stay close to home (wakinguprevolution.com ). Matthew began to develop a video-marketing company Stormlight Pictures which was just taking off when they got this devastating news. As it's with all solopreneurs, there is no security, no steady income, no sick leave, no benefits other than what their own work brings.
Matthew and his family need financial assistance to pay medical and living expenses that lie ahead while they focus on battling the cancer.
Read Matthew's beautiful letter (below) in which in his own words he expressed his thoughts, hopes and needs...
A note from Matthew:
Hello humans on planet earth!
You are, by far and away, my favorites. I've led an interesting life which, by the sounds of it from our meeting with my Oncologist yesterday, might be over soon. But don't worry, I figure I've already lived five lives' worth of adventure, laughter, joy, work and (I feel this immensely today) love in my 46 years.
I'm not a goner just yet, and am still the most "full of life" person I know - and I plan to fight this cancer with everything I have (and everything science and good healthy food and love and miracles have to offer).
Turns out I have the "most common" lung cancer for non-smokers (I was shocked that there WAS such a thing). It is called adenocarcinoma of the lung. I am stage four (which means it has spread from the lungs and "generously" seeded itself around my body - so kind!)
We are hoping that I might be a match for some sort of trial or immune therapy things (forgive me - I don't speak cancer very good...er... well). That said, the normal route is chemotherapy. The average life expectancy for someone in chemo with this cancer at this stage is one year. That, to me, is a bit bleak.
To all of you people like me who have chosen not to smoke, do drugs and live healthy lives, you might think this is a raw deal. But consider that I've been to 28 countries (you can read about my pre-marriage travels here: The Tumbleweeds) and have personally booked, driven to, set up, and torn down over 1,000 concerts (in all but three of the contiguous states).
I also married a pop star from Croatia named Tajci (pronounced Tie-chi) which led to more travels and adventures! And I have three wonderful, handsome, intelligent and balanced sons (Dante Xavier - 16, Evan Amadeus - 14 and Blais Ludvig - 11).
- I grew up in Indiana and fulfilled my dream and learned to surf.
- I proposed while waiting for the sunrise under the Hollywood sign in LA.
- I've watched countless sunrises from Mount Sinai to the plains of Kansas.
- I've earned and lost a fortune.
- I've fought - hard - for my marriage and it is my proudest accomplishment today.
"They" tell you to have enough set by to cover your expenses for three months in case of emergency - we do.
I also have life insurance.
The trouble is, and it will come, how to 'get by' when I become a burden and before the end.
I spent my life helping others achieve their dreams, goals, plans. (Most people I worked with leaned towards artists, entrepreneurs and people pursing a passion, seem to have a "thing" that drives them.) Most of that time I also wondered "what is my "thing". It was not so very long ago (while listening to Simon Sinek's "Start with Why") that it finally came to me that my "thing" was people.
I think people are amazing - my favorite. To that end, I started Stormlight Pictures and the concept "FilmYourWhy".
If you are a human on earth, I can say with almost perfect certainty - I love you.
If you can take a minute and say a prayer for me, send me some positive energy and/or, if you have the means, kick in a few bucks to take off the financial pressure in this time of uncertainty - I'll be personally grateful.
If you can, alternatively, book my INCREDIBLY talented wife Tajci (Tie-chi) for your event (whether it be jazz standards, or a talk, or a workshop or concert in your church) that would be wonderful. (You simply cannot imagine how much it would ease my mind to have two concerts a month for her lined up for the next two or more years.) Click here if you'd like to help!
OR... let me help you tell YOUR story and promote your business. (I told you I was still full of life :) Visit www.StormlightPictures. com and check out our commercials, music videos and stories. Our work is designed for the modern world and to be deployed on social media and youtube. Once you look, you'll see that my love for you translates into helping you connect with your potential audience or customer.
My goal here wasn't to write and to pitch you. I'm a "do-er" and a worker. I'd rather earn my bread than beg for it. But, in all humility I have to tell you I'm begging (just a bit) for your help. I'd love for you to put me (Stormlight) to work or for you to book Tajci. If that isn't possible and you'd like to make a donation - I'll be personally grateful. Mostly, pray for us.
- Douglas & Julie Webb
- Nemanja Jovanovic
Organizer and beneficiary
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