Tuesday, August 2, 2016

New lease on life, with help from James Taylor

RAPID CITY JOURNAL | Max B. O'Connell

Jeanne Apelseth and Michael Brunick had seen James Taylor perform before, but they had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity last week when they were able to thank him for helping save Brunick's life.

Taylor had donated sheet music of his song "Fire and Rain" to the couple in late 2014 as they were struggling to raise money for Brunick's lung transplant. Through Charity Buzz, a website dedicated to selling memorabilia for charitable causes, they were able to raise $3,000 to help pay for the surgery.

"I was totally not expecting that," said Apelseth, 59. "I thought maybe we might get some small thing, but when he did that, it was amazing. He was so generous."

"I had to tell him, 'Without you and a lot of people like you, I wouldn't have made it,'" said Brunick, 63. Continue reading
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