Posted by hwharton85 on Wednesday, August 17, 2011
On May 1, 2011 Heather and her boyfriend Cory were struck by a car in Johnson City, TN when they were crossing the street to pass out fliers for DelFest. They are both home and healing up from severe injuries, but are now facing substantial amounts of medical bills. Heather does not have health insurance since she is unemployed due to moving back to Maryland. Cory was unable to start his summer job that he got hired for while studying at ETSU. They would both like to thank everyone for the cards, gifts, prayers, visitors and phone calls. It means a lot to them.
Many people have been asking how they can help and here is how. Click the link below and it will take you to a secure donation page with PayPal. You can enter any donation amount you wish and it will be sent directly to the Helping Harmony Foundation bank account. Even if you can only pitch in $1, every penny helps! They are both facing over $30,000 in medical bills and have physical therapy twice a week. Cory just had a second surgery on his right leg a few weeks ago.
If you prefer to mail a check or money order, please make payable to either Heather Twigg or Cory Wharton. You may do so using the address below:
P.O. Box 183
Barton, MD 21521
Here are a few things some bluegrass musicians have said about them:
"Cory takes you on a journey with his well crafted songs which are delivered perfectly by his soulful singing that will put you in the mind of a young Larry Sparks. He sings what he feels and that is evident, as with all great singers!!" -Tony Mowell, Blue Moon Rising
"Heather is a seriously talented vocalist and fiddler, having held her own on stage with Valerie Smith and other fine bands. Heather has a classic bluegrass/country voice, as well as perfect intonation, a great work ethic, and a memory for melody that's astounding." - Kip Martin, former Sunny Mountain Boy
"Cory is not only an exceptional singer and instrumentalist, but also a writer of intelligent, original, and memorable songs. In an era that is ever-saturated with up and comers, Cory's music stands out as a force that is sure to be reckoned within the years to come." -Noah Wall, The Barefoot Movement
"Heather is a true crowd-pleaser as both a bluegrass fiddler and a vocalist. A recent Maryland State Fiddle Champion, she plays fine renditions of classic fiddle favorites as well as soulful backup licks. And Heather has a true bluegrass voice, taking leads or singing high harmony with impressive ease." -Joe Zauner, Appalachian Flyer
"Cory Wharton has proven himself to be a very creative song writer. His singing and songwriting has a way of displaying his genuine mind and soul which is illustrated throughout his work. Cory’s emotions are clearly translated to the audience, as his power and pureness never deflate." -Danny Stewart, The Larry Stephenson Band
Please check out the article on The Bluegrass Blog about The Shadow Drifters at the DelFest Band Competition, only 9 days after Cory and Heather were discharged from the rehabilitation hospital:http://www.thebluegrassblog.com/4th-annual-delfest-bluegrass-band-competition/?s=delfest
Check out Cory's original songs and become a fan of The Shadow Drifters if you like what you hear. http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Shadow-Drifters/112367848793026
Thank you all so much for your love and support!
Wednesday, August 17, 2011 @12:52:25 PM
Sorry to hear about your accident. I hope you both recover quickly.
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