Monday, July 4, 2011

Help Blake's Honda!!!!

Every now and then, life hands you an opportunity that you simply can't let pass. Right now, that opportunity is for Blake Edward Thomas to have his 1994 Honda Civic CX made over by the good folks at Patty Peck Honda if he wins the their "Help My Honda" contest.

Blake is Nicole's Personal Care Assistant. It's his full-time job, eight hours a day, five days a week. He helps Nicole with the things she's unable to do for herself. One of the main things he does is drive her. Everywhere. He drives her to physical therapy. He drives her to doctor's appointments. He drives her to the pharmacy. And he drives her everywhere else she needs to go day in and day out, because she is unable to drive herself--yet.

And Blake does all that driving in a car that has issues. BIG issues. Not long ago, the air conditioner went out, and we went in halves with him to have it repaired--over $800. It wasn't just so they could be comfortable. You see, with a spinal cord injury like Nicole's, the body has a difficult time adjusting its internal thermostat. Once she gets too hot, it's very hard for her to cool down again, and that can lead to a terrible (and fatal) condition known as autonomic dysreflexia. So having the a/c repaired was a medical necessity.

Blake is a hard-working, compassionate and reliable guy who has helped Nicole move to the next level in her rehabilitation. He encourages her, cares for her, and makes it possible for her to live an independent lifestyle. In addition to caring for Nicole, he is a talented musician and gifted artist. He plays in a band called Storage 24.

                                  Storage 24. That's Blake, second from the left.

                                He also plays acoustic sets at restaurants around town.

Currently, he has an art exhibit at Cups in Brandon. (Go by, have a cup of coffee, and if you see something you like, BUY IT!)

Which brings me back to the "Help My Honda" Contest, sponsored by Patty Peck Honda and Clear Channel Radio. So, how can you help Blake get Patty Peck Honda to help his Honda????

Follow these easy steps. It's a one-time deal...

1. Log on to facebook
2. Type in "Patty Peck Honda" in the search bar (or click here)
3. "LIKE" the Patty Peck Honda page
4. Click on the "Help My Honda" contest link on the left
5. You will be asked to accept the App. PLEASE say yes. They will NOT share your info.
6. Click "VOTE"
7. You may have to scroll down a bit (DO NOT VOTE for Brittany, or whatever video may pop up). Look up Blake's name (you may have to type it in: Blake Edward Thomas).
8. When you see the video with Blake and Nicole, "LIKE" it.
That's it! You're done!

Blake needs to get as many "LIKES" as possible by July 25, so you can help by sharing the link to this blog with everyone you can. It will help Blake as he helps Nicole. And we will appreciate it oh, so much!!!

By the way, they had so much fun making their video (and Blake and Nicole want this makeover SOOOO bad) that they've made other videos that are posted on Nicole's facebook page. Be sure to check them out!

Do a good deed today. Please "LIKE" Blake and Nicole's video. And please share this blog post with your friends so they can LIKE it too. Remember. Blake Edward Thomas. Help him get Patty Peck to help his Honda. It's fun. It's fast. It's easy. And it will make your heart happy, I promise!

Blessings to all who read this!