Guinness World Records Breaker Helps Spinal Cord Injury Foundation Fundraise In NYC
Scott Helmer's 'Support YOUR Cause' concert tour makes a fundraising stop to benefit NeuroScaffold Foundation on October 24 at New York Marriott Marquis
Phoenix, Ariz. – Independent touring and recording artist Scott Helmer, who has opened for iconic acts such as Heart, Eddie Money, 3 Doors Down, Jeff Bridges, Eric Burdon & The Animals, and Big Country, is spending a year and a half traveling more than 25,000 miles across America, donating his time and talent by performing at 200+ concerts for free in venues ranging from historic theatres to Harley-Davidson dealerships, all to help raise $1 million for good causes. To date, Helmer's tour has helped raise over $700,000 for worthy causes ranging from special needs children and adults to military veterans and their families, animal and pet charities, food banks, non-profit theatres, and many more. On October 24, 2015, the tour stops in New York City to raise funds for the NeuroScaffold Foundation, a newly-formed charity supporting paralyzed victims of traumatic spinal injuries who are recipients of neuro-spinal scaffolding (NSS), an experimental device that may enable patients to walk again. The Foundation provides needed medical equipment and physical therapy for NSS recipients when gaps exist in health insurance coverage - Info and tickets here.
InVivo Therapeutics developed the NSS concept, which consists of a biopolymer device implanted around the spine after a severe injury. The tiny scaffolding gives the damaged nerve endings support to re-grow and repair the spine, slowly degrading away after doing its job. If it works, recipients might avoid lifelong paralysis.
Only two people have so far received the experimental surgery. The first was 26-year-old Jordan Fallis of Peoria AZ, who suffered a severed spinal cord in a motorcycle accident last October. The second was 22-year-old Jesi Stracham of Charlotte NC, who also suffered serious spinal cord damage in a motorcycle accident this past January. Being the only two NSS recipients in the world brought Fallis and Stracham together for mutual support, and they have since fallen in love as well.
“Jesi and Jordan’s story is full of hope and love in spite of the odds against them," Helmer said. "There is no doubt in my mind that they will both walk again. I am honored and humbled by the opportunity to help them and others fulfill that dream.” Details of the October 24 event are still in the works but the goal is to help raise $100,000 for NeuroScaffold Foundation
This fall Helmer will raise the stakes of his already-successful ‘Support YOUR Cause’ tour and break the Guinness World Records title for Most Live Concerts in 24 Hours (multiple cities). The current record is 10, set by Hunter Hayes in 2014. Helmer plans to beat that record with 12 concerts in 24 hours from November 30 to December 1, 2015, a date that coincides with #GivingTuesday. His goal is to help raise $1 million for Kostopulos Dream Foundation, home of Camp K in Salt Lake City, UT and raise awareness about people living with disabilities and special needs around the world.
Helmer’s world record attempt will launch from the decks of the USS Midway in San Diego at 9 PM (PST) on November 30 and end at Kingsbury Hall, on the University of Utah Campus in Salt Lake City on December 1 at 10 PM (MST). In between those “bookends,” Helmer will be performing 10 additional short concerts in CA, NV, and UT.
It’s hard to imagine a person like Helmer would ever put a gun in his mouth to commit suicide, but he did exactly that during his darkest hour in 2008. “Everything I’m doing now goes back to that moment where I was one second away from pulling the trigger,” says Helmer.
After making a huge mistake back in 2008 that cost him his livelihood and his family, Helmer hit the reset button on his life to focus on three simple things: Creating music, performing music, and helping others, which is why he’s also an enthusiastic volunteer for Musicians On Call. Helmer notes, “If I can come back from the brink, anyone can. I hope my story inspires others to never give up.” He is deeply moved by the good work happening at Camp K on behalf of people living with disabilities, and hopes millions of people from around the world will support this important cause.
Theatres, non-profits and charities wishing to fundraise for 'their' cause with Helmer's tour can register here. Scott Helmer proudly endorses Elixir Strings, Analog Man Pedals and Gator Cases. Tour booking support provided by ConnectAndSell.