Help out MIKE BIRD

You may have heard about this on B9 or other sites– I don’t know Mike, but it could have been any of us at any show, so I figured I would give him a shout out. Reposted from Better Times:

On the evening of Thursday, April 14th 2011 the Buffalo hardcore community gathered at Mohawk Place to support Terror and Trapped Under Ice as they took the stage to play a show.

With plenty of pile-on’s, stage-diving, sing-along’s and an incredible vibe of unity and energy, the show got off to an awesome start.

However, what began as a good-old hardcore show ended in a tragic incident that has forever altered the life of one of Buffalo hardcore’s very own members.

MIKE BIRD, regular show-goer, hardcore kid, and a member of the Buffalo Straight Edge community, was knocked to the ground by a stage-diver. Hitting his back and head on the concrete floor, Mike had to be rushed to the hospital via ambulance to be treated for his injuries. Unable to move his limbs, or feel any pain in his lower-body, Mike received emergency spinal surgery for his injuries.
The official diagnosis indicates that Mike broke the C5 and C6 vertebrae in his lower spine. With no feeling in his legs, it is unclear how soon 19-year old Mike will regain use of his lower body and be able to walk (or mosh) again.

Without the luxury of being able to afford his own health insurance coverage, this injury is crippling financially as well.
An ambulance ride, emergency room visit, sophisticated spinal surgery, X-Rays, physical therapy, and medication leaves Mike Bird with a medical bill that will most-likely amount to a six-figure sum. His lack of insurance and limited mobility will make paying this debt an impossible task.

The Buffalo hardcore community is banding together, pooling our collective resources and organizing benefit events to help offset Mike Bird�s medical bills.

WE NEED YOUR HELP.

The community aspect of hardcore is something that transcends the boundaries of cities, crews, cliques, scenes, and sub-genres.
We are ALL hardcore kids; we’re all cut from the same cloth.
We ALL go to shows, we ALL stage dive, and we�ve ALL had our share of mishaps.

It could have been any one of us in Mike Bird’s shoes.
He just happened to draw the short straw that night and get knocked down.
But as we all know, when someone gets knocked down in hardcore, we PICK THEM BACK UP.

Several benefit events are being organized within the Buffalo scene as we speak.
I’m told that both Terror and Trapped Under Ice are both on-board for a special merch-run related to this incident.

We have set up a PayPal account for donations.
100% of the money donated to this PayPal will go DIRECTLY to Mike Bird’s medical expenses.

If you have ANYTHING you can donate via PayPal, a quarter, a dollar, two dollars, please send donations via paypal to:
Sticktightbuffalostyle@gmail.com

NO donation is too small.
Mike Bird has NOTHING, so ANYTHING you can donate will add up.

If you have any questions about this fundraising effort, or want to help out and become involved, shoot me an e-mail at FrankNiemiec@yahoo.com

Thanks.

-Frank XXX

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17 Responses to Help out MIKE BIRD

  1. TheRealAnarack says:

    Damn…I’ve seen this happen too many times. :(

  2. whoreforyourtroubles? says:

    “With plenty of pile-on’s, stage-diving, sing-along’s and an incredible vibe of unity and energy, the show got off to an awesome start.” LOL@ how gay this sounds. i would NEVER help a sXe kid, even less so some fag at a Terror show.

    • Austin Nutter says:

      …………………..

    • ryanw08 says:

      to whoreforyourtroubles:

      You are stupid. Screw whatever scene you are in or whatever bands you love or hate. This is about helping someone who could be paralyzed for life. Get over yourself. You are a joke and disgrace to any music scene!

    • John Runkle says:

      Hey man, Mike’s a good kid. He lives a drug-free life, and isn’t how you’d expect him to be. Hardcore music, and the scene is his life. It’s not cool to bad mouth him for something like that, especially in a time like this. I’m not straight edge, personally, but I do respect those who live a straight edge life, especially the respectful ones like Mike Bird. I think it’s kind of lame that you’re singling out an entire community of kids without knowing any of them. I wish you’d change your outlook. :/

    • DarthZedd says:

      troll 8/10

  3. freftd says:

    aside from this being a very worthy cause, i dont see trapped under ice doing this for anything other than selfish PR reasons, they obviously werent arsed about screwing up some german kid for STAGE DIVING, where about 3 or 4 of them attacked one dude which could have easily resulted in a similarly serious injury. double standards on TUI’s part definitely

    • daydaygarciaman691488@hotnig.biz says:

      which is why i dgaf about this kid or anyone at their shows, maybe they’ll let him spin around in his new chair at the next show

  4. Isaac says:

    Ah, that sucks so much ass. I can’t say I’m a hardcore kid, though I undoubtedly support the scene.
    If I have any extra money this week, I’ll donate it.

  5. AetherJake says:

    He doesn’t do drugs though, how could his lifestyle be dangerous?

  6. anon says:

    He’s a great dude so don’t knock him! Thanks for posting this. Buffalove <3

  7. Will says:

    So fucked up how someone can have an accident like that, be taken for surgery and then be told “btw, you owe us >$100,000″.

    This shit should be paid for by the government. Thank fuck I live in the UK.

  8. daydaygarciaman691488@hotnig.biz says:

    KEEP SPINNIN MIKEY STAY TROO SXE 4EVA YO

  9. Colin says:

    I’ve seen shitty kids like this laugh about things like this in the past and no one cares when something bad happens to them. These Internet tough guys talk a lot while eating doritos and combos but would never go to a hardcore show in a big town because they couldn’t get a ride or because they’re scared to death something like this would happen to them. I’m from the other side of the country as this kid and although I’ve never heard of him I would never want to be that person at the show to be me and I’m donating what’s left of my check after bills to him.

  10. Colin says:

    ^^^ also I just noticed my grammatical error in the last sentence but thats fine because I have a life and go on the Internet only when I’m drinking

  11. kyfms says:

    niggers live in a rainbow

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