Friday, July 23, 2010
I'm here now to tell you of a story that has brought me great sadness along with hope and inspiration. Three weeks ago, Nathan Leone of Madina Lake broke "worst news that has ever hit [his] life." Upon witnessing a woman being brutally attacked by her husband, Matthew rushed to her aid. Matthew obviously knew that his small stature was not going to be any match against the man but was able to fight until the woman escaped to call the police. The injuries Matthew received are heartbreaking, he was left beaten and unconscious on the side of the road - not the reward his heroism deserved.
Matthew has undergone two brain surgeries at this point. The first in which a third of his skull was removed to reduce the brain swelling and two days ago he underwent another surgery to reapply the portion of the skull that was removed. He has be in and out of consciousness and has been in excruciating pain.
As is the case with many musicians, Matthew does not have health insurance. The hospital bills he'll be faced with in return for his inspiring courage will be more than I could even imagine. It has been heartwarming to see the community of fellow musicians and fans that are coming together to help Matthew. Donations can be made at sweetrelief.org, even the smallest donation is appreciated. Also, series of benefit concerts will be taking place featuring artists like Smashing Pumpkins, Kill Hannah, and Madina Lake. For more information on that please visit: throughthepain.org.
Matthew is one of the sweetest people I've ever had the honor of meeting and talking to and his courage and heroism should serve as an inspiration for everyone out there. Not every person would have helped this woman, many would have just walked by. All of my prayers and thoughts go out to Matthew as well as Nathan, their family, friends, and fellow band mates. They are extremely grateful for all the love and support.