"It's a celebration of my brother and the way he lived his life and the way he treated the people around him," said Forrest Eiland, whose younger brother Heath died May 10th in a skateboarding accident. A nearly 20 foot fall without a helmet took Heath's life.
"If Heath would have had a helmet he probably would have got up," said father Stephen Eiland.
On top of Heath's loss, Eiland now faces his son's medical costs without insurance. The families need caused friends to organize the benefit concert.
"Heath would have definitely loved all of this," said Forrest. "From the music to the family and friends coming together, spending time together, this is exactly what he would want us to do and he would love to be a part of it and of course he will be."
The celebration for Heath's life continues at the site of his tragic accident. Spraypainted messages of love and rememberance now cover the cement where Heath took his last ride on a skateboard.
What meant even more to the Eiland family was seeing their message spread. More people wearing helmets means fewer families will have to deal with their loss.
Despite their loss the eiland family tells me they are taking comfort in the fact heath was an organ donor. Last week, they received a letter from a 39 year old mother, saved with a heart transplant from heath.
Thank you to Michelle Segovia for alerting us to this event.