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Steve Rummler was a great drummer, a great person, and a great loss. Steve was in a band I grew up with called the Gooney Birds. One of two bands that lead me on my career path as a music artist. Steves family asked me to help them with their charity, with graphics and advertising etc. They have been so kind to our charities efforts and now have asked to become part of our chain of connection. Here is their story, please be sure to order a few Steve’s Links after your done reading this sad story and unbelievable love and hard work Steve’s Family and friends are making to keep his spirit alive, as well as keeping US alive and a safer future.  Losing Steve to an accidental drug overdose in 2011 was beyond devastating for his family and friends. The fact that one person dies every 16 minutes from a prescription drug overdose is unacceptable. The Steve Rummler Hope Foundation (www.SteveRummlerHope-Foundation.org) is working to end the epidemic of addiction and overdose deaths. Together with your help we can create a world where individuals with chronic pain receive integrated care focused on wellness rather than drugs, and those with addiction have easy access to compassionate evidence-based treatment. Wearing this Link symbolizes the courage, hope and willingness we need to stand up, share our losses without shame and demand change in order to save lives..

 
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  • ….sometimes you just need a little help from your friends, and other times you make new friends during a very difficult time.  This is what happened to our family when our son, Brett Banasiewicz, suffered a traumatic brain injury on his BMX bike on August 23, 2011.  Dustin Grice is one of Brett’s BMX buddies that reached out to us about the Link Foundation.  Jeff Troldahl, founder of the Link Foundation, and Dustin Grice designed a “Maddog” bracelet with Brett’s signature colors pink and green.  The Link Foundation sold many bracelets via the internet and also allowed us to sell the bracelets at Brett’s BMX Skate Park.  The proceeds went to Brett’s mounting medical bills.  Brett was able to obtain the best care in the United States that also included hyperbarics.  Brett had to relocate to Texas because the state of Indiana is not licensed to administer hyperbarics  for TBI’s..

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