Location: huntington beach, California
Member #: 436,241
My name is Savannah, I'm from Florida, a USMC vet. and a big fan, I actually sang at Freebird Live a long time ago when I was in a band and felt super honored to have been able to. This is not about me though, I wanted to share a story with you about a friend of mine.
Yesterday a dear friend of mine Randy Sanders was hit by a truck crossing PCH here in Huntington Beach, California. He is stable in the ICU right now but lots of surgeries and physical rehabilitation will follow.
I met Randy in my AA meeting (i have 11 years sober and he has way more). The only reason I even met him is because he wore a Skynyrd hat every single day to the meetings. I don't have too many friends out here in California because I am a proud Southern Girl through and through but I thought if he was a Skynyrd fan, we might just get along and I found him to be an outstanding person and friend. He was always there for everyone he knew, he was at almost every meeting everyday and always smiling and laughing. Once a month he would drive up to L.A. to give food, clothes and blankets to the people on skid row and try to help them get right.
Randy found out about a month ago that he was loosing his sight. He decided that all he wanted to do was go on the Simple Man Cruise and meet you guys before he lost his sight completely. He didn't have a lot of money but he bought himself a ticket and he was so excited! He talked about it everyday! He was so fucking stoked to get to go and be with you all. His happiness was infectious!
Last night I went to the hospital to see him and he looked really bad, tubes going in and out of his mouth, super medicated, broken bones, you understand I'm sure. I don't wanna be graphic.
Anyways, his arms were in restraints to keep him from pulling the tubes out and to keep him safe from accidentely hurting himself. He was still strong enough to fight though, he was shaking his arms, trying to get loose, unaware of what was going on. He doesn't have much family but his niece that he raised due to an absentee mother was there, i was there and we were all trying to talk to him and help him to relax but he just wouldn't be still. He was on a lot of medicine, they gave him more but he was still fighting.
Red, White and Blue was his very favorite song so I looked it up on my phone and started playing it in the ICU. I laid the phone down on the pillow beside his bed and played it over and over and watched him smile for as much as he could and calm down and go back to sleep.
Today he is in surgery and hopefully all will go well and he will come out just fine and in time to make that Simple Man cruise. If not this year, maybe next year. I just thought you should know what an amazing affect your music has on people. I'm sure you have heard this and stories like this a million times but this one is Randy's and he is an amazing man and I know he would want you to know.
Thank you for your time and for all the music and healing and love you have brought to all of us over the years.
Take care, much love!