Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Pyramyds, the Mad Flight to play benefit for local musician Justin Graham

Posted By on Wed, Apr 24, 2013 at 8:28 AM

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Several local bands including Pyramyds (formerly Iron Jayne), the Mad Flight, the Glass Ocean, and Goodnight Buffalo will come together to play a benefit show for local musician Justin Graham on April 25.

The show will be held at Star Bar across the street from the Vortex, where he worked as a manager before a recent scooter accident left him paralyzed. The benefit show is free, but donations are strongly encouraged at the door. If you can't make it out and still want to help, you can make donations online as part of an ongoing Indiegogo fundraiser.

Lindsey Wilson, one of Graham's lifelong friends, started the campaign to help support him and his two-year-old daughter, Millie. Regarding his injuries, Wilson writes:

On Saturday March 16, Justin was involved in an accident after leaving work. The details of the accident are unclear, but he was found lying on the side of the road. The injuries he suffered are severe: broken ribs, a partially collapsed lung, and a broken arm. However, the most significant injuries were to his spine. The accident broke two vertebrae and severely damaged his spinal cord.

Justin is paralyzed from the chest down. He is facing the possibility of permanent paralysis and permanent disability. According to his doctors, there is a slim chance he may eventually regain some feeling and some use of his lower body. However, this will only come with a lot of hard work, painful rehabilitation, and more surgeries.

The Mad Flight drummer Heath Ladnier has also known Graham since their childhood days in Mississippi. He says that the Glass Ocean guitarist and Flux Capacitor drummer was the sole provider for both his ex-wife and daughter. That included insurance policies for both of them, but unfortunately he remained uninsured. "He's a good dad and loves his daughter," says Ladnier.

More than 600 people have already donated over $30,000, surpassing the initial $10,000 goal by a long shot. But he'll need all the help he can get as he learns to live life as a paraplegic.

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