Help This Wheelchair-Confined Music Lover Continue His Passion For Travel

first_imgYou may recognize Drew Soule from his concert-going adventures throughout the Midwest. Drew, like the rest of us, loves to travel and see music; but unlike most of us, is physically unable to do so without extreme assistance. Drew is confined to a powerchair as a result of his spinal muscular atrophy. This rare genetic disease involves the loss of neuron cells in the spinal cord, resulting in the lack of muscular growth. The only way for him to pursue his passion for concert-going is through the aid of his 2005 wheelchair-accessible Chrysler Town and Country minivan, which is nearly extinct. Drew desperately needs a new car, and you can help him by donating right here.The 23-year-old St. Charles, IL native discovered his love for music and festivals after traveling cross country during his teenage years with the Muscular Dystrophy Association, a national group raising awareness for muscular dystrophy and atrophy and other neuromuscular diseases. This taste of wanderlust gave him the courage to travel beyond speaking tours and to make moves based on his passion for music and shared community.“Being able to travel for music allows me to immerse myself in other cultures, see new and unfamiliar land, and most importantly network with other humans,” Drew tells us. “By traveling, I am able to meet many people who are also inspired and motivated by the music that makes us dance. There’s something about shared musical experiences that unites us and connects people of vastly different backgrounds and we look past our differences and see each other for what we really are, human.”With these hardships, Soule is still as motivated as ever. He hopes to go to grad school and get into a human resources program, with the ultimate goal of working HR in a corporate setting on the west coast. However, his disabilities make it impossible for Soule to fly, given his powerchair and physical demands, making the application process that much more difficult to succeed in.In an interview with the Chicago Tribune, he explains, “For me, to go anywhere, I have to plan on driving,” explains Soule. “That kind of puts the dependability factor on the vehicle extremely high.”Beyond these realistic needs, like visiting his parents from school at the University of Illinois, where he majors in political science and minors in sociology and environmental studies, Soule depends on his current vehicle to do just about everything. Beyond a mode of transportation, this car is a vehicle to his freedom.Soule’s favorite artists are STS9, the String Cheese Incident, GRiZ, Lettuce, and Bassnectar, and he’s attended festivals like Wakarusa, Summer Camp, and Electric Forest. Understandably, the powerchair-confined young man says that these musical interactions are a boost in confidence that drive him to keep on going, show after show.“For me, traveling has helped me realize that no matter what I want to do in life, if I work at it, I know that I can make it happen, and I know I can do it,” he explains. “Before I started traveling, I know I wasn’t confident enough in setting out what I wanted to do.” Now, his goal is more clear than ever and there’s a chance for us to help.Donate Here to help Drew Soule reach his goal to buy a new wheelchair-accessible minivan.Road Life is a breeding environment for new experiences, and therefore, opportunities for a person to grow. Every element feeds into an adventurous merry-go-round of whimsical decisions and life lessons that, in the end, become cornerstones of your very own character. Read more about why you should always travel to go see music here.Here are some photos of Drew with some of his favorite artists and friends he’s made along the journey:last_img read more

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Joel Grey & Stephen Daldry Among 2015 Drama League Award Honorees

first_img View Comments The Drama League will give special recognition to Tony and Oscar winner Joel Grey, Tony and Olivier-winning director Stephen Daldry and WNET’s Neal Shapiro and David Horn. As previously reported, the 81st annual Drama League Awards ceremony will take place on May 15 in the Broadway Ballroom at the Marriott Marquis Times Square. A host for the evening will be announced soon.Grey will receive the Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theater Award. He is perhaps most known for creating the role of the Emcee in Cabaret which won him a Tony Award in 1967 and an Oscar in 1973. He was also Tony nominated for his performances in George M!, Goodtime Charley, The Grand Tour and for directing the 2011 revival of The Normal Heart. His additional credits include Chicago and Wicked.Daldry will be honored with the Founders Award for Excellence in Directing. His productions of Skylight and The Audience are currently on Broadway this season. He won Tony awards in 1994 and 2009 for helming An Inspector Calls and Billy Elliot, respectively.Shapiro, CEO of WNET, and Horn, Executive Producer of Great Performances and Director of Performance and Arts Programming at WNET, are responsible for bringing arts education and programming to the New York City region through networks Thirteen, WLIW21 and NJTV. In addition to these special honors, nominations for the five competitive Drama League categories (Distinguished Play, Distinguished Revival of a Play, Distinguished Best Musical, Distinguished Revival of a Musical and Distinguished Performance) will be announced on April 21.last_img read more

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Governor Wolf Orders the Commonwealth Flag at Half-Staff to Honor Former Greensburg Fire Department’s J. Edward “Hutch” Hutchinson

first_img April 17, 2018 Flag Order,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf has ordered the Commonwealth flag to fly at half-staff at all Commonwealth facilities in the City of Greensburg to honor the former chief of the Greensburg Fire Department.J. Edward Hutchinson, 96, passed away on Sunday, April 15, 2018.The Commonwealth flag shall be lowered immediately, Tuesday, April 17, 2018, until J. Edward Hutchinson’s interment. All Pennsylvanians are invited to participate in this tribute.The United States flag shall remain at full staff during this tribute. SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Governor Wolf Orders the Commonwealth Flag at Half-Staff to Honor Former Greensburg Fire Department’s J. Edward “Hutch” Hutchinsonlast_img

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Barcelona arrive in Bangkok

first_imgBarcelona players have arrived in Thailand where they will play against the national team on Wednesday.Barça will be combining training with commercial and charity events, such as the visit to the Unicef offices in Thailandm, club’s official website said.Malaysia is the club’s next stop within pre-season tour.last_img

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