Mike Grau's Christmas Dogs Of War
Every year is a chance to do something better. Something that will benefit others and change someone's life. Every year - for the last two decades or so - my uncle has organized and has spread holiday cheer through music and entertainment, always for the benefit of others.
Mike Grau's Christmas Dogs Of War is the event that everyone looks forward to each year because it is a chance to make an impact on lives in a way that goes beyond a simple night of fleeting entertainment. The annual event's purpose is to raise money for a patient, and family, in the local community who is battling with cancer. All of the proceeds from the sale of admissions, t-shirts, artwork, and raffles is collected and hand-delivered to the recipient. The support for this occasion is astounding and growing every year.
Last year, I was in the midst of recording Elemental Evolution and didn't perform. After having been inspired by the selfless performances, notably my extremely talented family members - and the unforgettable Schnitzel (featured in the poster above) - I made a vow to perform this year. I will also have CDs for sale, with all of those proceeds going to this year's recipient: Jacqueline Cuddey.
Jacqueline is a 34 year old mother of four who suffers from Neuro-Behcets Disease, a rare auto-immune condition that attacks the entire body and affects her brain. Read her full story in the post below:
Having just turned 34 myself, and as a father, I can't even begin to imagine what she and her family must be going through. I feel very fortunate to be in a position to be a part of this year's collective of musicians championing this incredibly brave woman and her beautiful family.