I am writing this letter in hopes that it will reach Kid Rock. I am a big fan of him, as a person as well as his music and never miss a chance to see him in concert. One song in particular has had a great effect on my family and I. Last July, we lost a very important member of our family to lung cancer. His name was Mike Hickey, and he was my Uncle and favorite person in the world. He could put a smile on anyone’s face no matter what and he always did. He was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in September of 2010 and that was when the battle started. He fought the cancer for 10 long months, and beat it. I was so proud of him for being so strong and brave. Unfortunately, the cure was also what killed him. All of the treatments he had to go through took a toll on his body, but not his heart. We lost an amazing Uncle, Brother, Son, & friend when he passed away on July 5, 2011. A day does not go by when I don’t think about him.
Born Free became his theme song. It described him better than anyone could put into words. The lyrics are on his memorial card and the song was played from my brother’s Harley as he followed the car taking my Uncle to his final resting place. (My Uncle loved his motorcycles, Harley Davidson in particular) This song has had a great impact on my life and my heart and every time I hear it, I know my Uncle is smiling down at me from heaven. It always bothered me that I see pink ribbons everywhere but where are the white ones? Lung cancer takes more lives than colon, prostate, and breast cancer combined. One in 14 people will be diagnosed with lung cancer, whether they are smokers or not. Lung cancer is the main cancer that is killing people and yet it only receives about 27 percent of the proceeds for research. Recently, I discovered a walk that raises money for lung cancer research. It is called the LUNGevity Foundation and the walk is called Breathe Deep. It made me so happy that I could participate in this event to help raise money for lung cancer research.
I am going to join another walk they are having on May 12, in Birmingham. The last one I did was April 1, in Ann Arbor and I requested that the DJ play Born Free to honor my Uncle and he did. I realize that it is very short notice, but nothing would mean more to me then if it would be possible to have Kid Rock actually sing this song in person at the walk. I want to raise as much money as I possibly can to find a cure for lung cancer. I understand this is not a small favor by any means and would appreciate any kind of feedback or participation from him for this event. I cannot put into words what a blessing it would be to have him there, supporting the cause and singing the song that means so much to me and my family and describes my Uncle’s life and personality. I look forward to hearing back from you regarding this event and thank you so much for your time!
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