GA Spotlight: The Heart Foundation’s inaugural gala The GA Voice Editors September 17, 2010 GA Spotlight Brandon is a well-known gay artist in Atlanta for his music, parties and especially his one-man show “In My Own Words,” which tells the story of growing up in hospitals through music and spoken word. He says with the Heart Foundation he is trying to give back to other children and their families who face difficulties. “As a kid in the hospital, I was always aware there were other children who were in the hospital with no one with them. My mom was able to stay with me but it was hard,” he says. Because he had a wealthy father, and even though his parents were divorced when he was young, Brandon says he was able to receive the best care until he was 21. “I just knew how hard it was for her [his mom], but as hard as it was, it wasn’t as hard as it was for other children who were alone, were not smiling, not laughing,” he says. While parents may want to stay with their children when they are in the hospital for cardiac care, trying to hold down a job to make sure a family can cover medical costs as well as other bills is difficult for parents, says Brandon. “People can’t afford not to be at their job — it’s a Catch 22,” he says. Last month, Brandon said the Heart Foundation was able to help one family with bills and a car payment while their infant was in Emory’s cardiac wing. Brandon says the organization is working with Emory to find other families to help in the future. The Heart Foundation Inaugural GalaSunday, Sept. 195-10 p.m. at the Fox Theatre660 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, GAwww.theheartfoundationcharity.com After party with DJ Vicki Powell10 p.m. at My Sister’s Room1271 Glenwood Ave., Atlanta, GA 30316www.mysistersroom.com To learn more about and to see clips from “The Tin Man Project” visit www.bshertfilms.com. SHARE ON Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website eight − 6 = Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.