My name is Kelly Scarratt, and Austin Robert Carlile saved my life. I'm sure if you are on this page, you are a fellow Of Mice & Men fan, and if you're not, i'm here to tell you why this amazing man is worth your time, dedication, support, and donations. Austin Carlile was born September 27th 1987, making hie has had many struggles in his lifetime, including being diagnosed with Marfan Syndrome in 2007 along with omething that i wrote in a letter to him that is just a simple glimspe into my admiration of this man:
"He is my anti-depressant, he sung life into me. I am in awe of him, he’s made me sleep better at night and wake up happier every morning. When the negative thoughts creep back in, I see his face and I know I deserve more than that. I know everything is going to be okay, and life is everything I make it to be: under the façade of fear, there is so much beauty. He undimmed my eyes and exposed me to the light. Through his lyrics, his passion, his heart & strength, he led me out of the dark."
Austin has dedicated his life to music that saves lives. He is an incredible humanitarian who advocates against bullying (something that he was a victim too in his high school years), hosts beach-clean ups in Southern California, spends Christmas with his fans and people who would have otherwise been alone, had a food drive for "Feed Our Children Now" and raised over 2,300 pounds of food for those who go hungry, and donates his duplicate fan gifts to a local orphanage (somewhere where he lived at one point in his life). . These are only very few of what Austin Carlile has done to give back to the community, but I think the most important thing out of everything that he does is this: he loves his fans. His fans are family, no matter who you are, how old you are, what sexual preference you have, what gender, or situation you might be in, what you have done or where you are going, he is there for YOU, and he cares about us all. It's time we show an extreme appreciation for our hero, and this is why I partnered with the Marfan Foundation to raise this money in honor of his rose, his mother. I believe that together, we can make him proud. Everything, every little cent is donated right away into awareness and finding a cure for this disease. On May 1st, I am going to present to Austin a donation receipt of all that we accumlated with every single person who donated's name of it. It's faithfulness at it's finest, let's do this for Austin.