If only every one had a heart of gold like Blake Shelton. People may sometimes be overly critical of one of his tweets or off the cuff statements, but Shelton is as genuine as they come.
As if I wasn’t a big enough fan already of the current CMA Entertainer of the Year, he reaches out and makes a promise to one of our Army veterans, Brendan Marrocco.
Marrocco is a true hero with a story of strength. In January 2008, he entered the United States Army and was deployed to Iraq later that year. In April 2009, on Easter Sunday morning, Brendan’s vehicle was returning from a night mission when it was hit directly by an Explosive Fired Projectile. The attack caused him to lose all four limbs, and he is the first quadruple amputee to survive the wars in Iraq & Afghanistan.
Six weeks ago, 26-year-old Marrocco underwent a successful bilateral arm transplant at John Hopkins Hospital. Only six other patients in the U.S. have undergone the surgery, but Marrocco’s was the most extensive and first of its kind.
There have been several news conferences this week with Marrocco and his doctors. In a story from Henderson, KY. TV station, WEHT, the first person Marrocco says that he would like to shake hands with once he is able to do so is Mr. Blake Shelton.
Continue reading to see the twitter exchange between Shelton & Marrocco…
Last night, a fan (@Bigkhan) tweeted the story to Shelton and he responded:
Wow.. Speechless. I will make this happen!!
He then responded again with “Completely honored…,” before directly seeking out Marrocco on Twitter and sending him this tweet:
@BMarr86 Hey Brendan … I can’t WAIT to shake the hand of an American Hero/Stud… You my brother.
Brendan excitedly followed up with:
@blakeshelton Holy mother of god!! I can’t wait I’m a huge fan and really looking forward to it. Thank you.
Brendan is doing well post-surgery, and is focusing on his recovery and extensive rehab. Doctors have called his progress so far remarkable.
In 2011, Brendan was given the keys to his “Smart Home,” which was constructed by the Stephen Siller Tunnel To Towers Let Us Do Good Foundation, Building Homes for Heroes, Northfield Bank, and other local builders and charities. The house unfortunately suffered damage from Hurricane Sandy, but the family is confident that they will get it back together.
We wish Brendan and his family all of the best and continued strength. He is a true American hero and an inspiration. I do not know Brendan personally, but I am proud to be from his hometown.