Your asking what we could have in common?
Here is a basic answer: Due to circumstances in our lives we have become allies.
The situations we have faced, endured and been tried by have allowed us to understand each other in ways we wish we never had to. But to start here is a fun fact...we met through social media, then spoke on the phone and from that day on we had comradery. How many people do you hear that from? Hmmm...I could guess not many!
This relationship has grown just in the last few months with mutual trust and respect from our life experiences. Our common goal is to help others in finding inspiration of Hope through our Clothing, Accessories and Music. This will allow us to merge our efforts to raise awareness on issues that affect not only our own personal families but unfortunately can affect, or has affected your families as well.
In my other blog I mentioned my son Chaisson had Mental Illness and some other serious health issues. We lost him to his battle on June 17, 2015. Jrumma, as I will refer to as Dylan from here on out, had a brother named Jason. He also suffered from serious issues that were heart wrenching. Ultimately he lost his fight on May 5, 2017.
Fight we did for our loved ones! And death may have been victorious in their case, but it will not stop our voices screaming from the rooftops to help others.
Dylan coped by turning more of his focus into his music. Incorporating songs for the broken hearted. Even though he sings/raps a variety of topics he really cares for those who are having difficult times in their lives.
We want you to know a little about his brother Jason so that you can see how familiar this story can be or how you relate.
Jason Wimsatt was a die hard Minnesota Vikings fan. Shout out to the Vikings right? Most of us love us some football! (Even if it is not our team we love it) He also loved the Louisville Cardinals. Evidently, Jason was not just into sports at school. He did play on the Football team in High School and enjoyed playing basketball as he grew up. More importantly, he cared deeply about people. He showed this in one of the best ways possible and that was by working with those who have special needs.
Tragedy struck when they suddenly lost their mother. Jason was 18 and Dylan was 14. Having this loss was really difficult for him to deal with. Only those who have had this occur can really and truly empathize with this situation. We can feel for someone, but until we go through it, we don't really comprehend what they possibly experienced as a family. Dylan states that Jason had the toughest time out of everyone. Soon after he started to change. After years of struggling with drug addiction, he shot himself on May 5, 2017. As a family they now put one foot in front of the other each day and keep as strong as they can. Much love to all of them!
Today, Dylan's goal as the Music Artist Jrumma, is to let people know through his music that "we never walk alone." That they are not the only people who think the way they think, or hurt the way they hurt. The message is to take hold now of your life and choose Hope over Apathy! He wants to set an example by bringing to light the horrible danger of drug abuse, not glorifying it. On a side note there are songs about being the best at what he does because frankly if your not striving to be your best then don't do it!
What we have found is that together our shared vision and goal to promote Hope and Positivity may reach more people. We both feel passionate about people feeling they have a purpose and a reason to go on. No matter what it is they are dealing with.
Another question I get asked is, how I think Dylan is an example I can stand behind? I feel that sharing his life experience is extremely courageous. You cannot help but have respect for someone that despite all of these things happening at a young age he is still going.
Dylan is going to chase his dreams, kill others with kindness, and strive to be a better person on his own path of life. He even tolerates me bugging him about doing more songs without some of the language. Yes, I said it...We do have fun. And we appreciate his attitude!
Our company incorporates not just our logo brand but working with other companies and people that give back to good causes. I believe that is why he fits in with what we stand for. We want to embrace a variety of people who have a variety of problems. We want to give back to as many good causes as possible.
I wonder if Chaisson and Jason had known each other, may they have been good friends? Their true personalities, before they suffered the extremes they faced, were ultimately dominated by love for others. It makes it even harder to lose them to the pain they lived with and were overcome by. We hope we honor the people they really were deep in their hearts before the illnesses took over.
Whether it is ANY form of Mental Illness, Drug Addiction, Cancer, Traumatic event, Abuse, Loss, Illness, anything and everything you are going through. Please embrace that our message of Hope and Positivity is for ALL of us! And reach out to your local organizations for help when you need it.
Remember, We never walk alone!
Hope is different for everyone, but everyone is still down4hope.
Dylan and I put our hearts into this information and we hope that you enjoyed our story. If you have, please share it with your friends and family.
Follow Dylan on Instagram @jrummamusci or Facebook @jrumma. His new album just dropped and can be found on iTunes. Check out his Facebook page for more information. As well as send a direct message to him if you would like to order a Jrumma Music Tee. These are currently by special order only! $25 (tax and shipping added at purchase).
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