On May 12, 2012
the 2nd Annual
remembering a 17 year old will take place.
Landon Korabek; a good kid who made a bad choice with his pals, and never woke up from his bed.
His parents, friends, brother and community miss him terribly,
yet they are finding ways to heal, to embrace the light differently now;
while spreading the word and his memory through
Raising monies for N.O.P.E (Narcotics Overdose Prevention and Education)
and scholarship money for students through our
Ruth Eckerd Hall here in Clearwater.
Landon Korabek; we remember and you are loved.
Gone too soon.
Landon died of a prescription drug overdose on May 7th.
Prescription drugs are killing people across our nation at a rate that would boggle your mind and scare you into action.
He was a good kid, from a great family; a typical kid with a wit, with sacracsm and a great love of his family.
He was a “wicked guitar” player and loved music.
He attended Palm Harbor University High School; where I have heard for years from people that they do not have a drug problem there with their kids;
yet most of the teenagers I meet will tell me that you can get what you want in the parking lots or just about at each corner of their vast campus.
At the hospital where Landon was taken after being found, after his father tried and tried to bring him back to life;
the parents were placed in a little room to wait.
And they waited.
By the time they were told; they were deeper in shock/trauma/out of their own minds wanting, needing to be with their son as efforts were being made or the reality already determined.
when they were finally informed and allowed entrance into that cold and seemingly uncaring room,
they viewed their son in the worst of ways, in the worst of views
after attempts to revive him had been made in a sterile and unwelcoming room.
They had not been prepared for what they were about to see, nor had Landon been prepared well for them to view.
Something is wrong in ER’s across the nation as I’ve heard this story way to many times.
Hundreds attended Landons’ memorial;
friends, community, parents, little children tagged along wondering what was happening.
Later they all once again gathered at the Korabek home;
still a time of trauma, shock; only added by people and more shock/trauma/tears
reactions to the missing of a large and bright future, along with the wonderings and the hows.
Community, Friends, Family,Caring, Connections, Music, Love, Hope
It takes work through paths that are dark and filled with pain and doubts that one will ever stand strong again… hearts that feel broken or shattered through trauma and loss that often will need to be held gently as the one who then finds their way and strength to carefully create their own stain glass within in order to shine and remember that
“hearts connected in life cannot be separated by death”.
Let the music play on
that is what Susan and Greg and Kyle Korabek are and have done.
They are healing the pain and devastation of losing a son and brother.
They are honoring his short life and his love of Music; his talent on burning up a guitar since a young one with his gifts of music.
They are educating others
on the risks, the very real possiblity that just one night with pals and lowered defenses by partying with prescriptions drugs can let you come home and have a full tilt conversation with your Dad;
go to bed in your room, text with friends…
Right up until the moment that your heart can’t take it, and you just can’t breathe another breath
you just die.
Lives forever changed as a result of kids and adults
just havin a good time.
Kids who are not able to see past Friday night with their buddies,
and whose brains are not yet fully developed to make executive decisions that will alter their lives forever, and change the landscape of the gardens of everyone who knows them forever.
Leaving it then, up to each indivdual to tend the soil, to work the ground hard, or to let it just be covered in weeds and become overgrown with neglect and sorrow.
It is a choice to move beyond devastation and pain and loss and trauma … It takes time, courage, and hard work.
Susan and Greg are both evidence of that.
As they now prepare to put the final touches on this jamfest
they also approach the anniversary of their child’s death,
a time of remembering
why they are doing this day that is to be filled with great intention,
fantastic music, people, giveaways, food, auction items, raffles.
It is also a time of remembering
and tremendous pain.
Thinking that the very one who is being remembering on May 11,
should be there on that stage
raising money for others and for education
and attending college now.
“Landon, you are missed, and in everyone’s thoughts as we approach that day when life stopped for those who loved you, yet they are finding their way back to the music. Thank you for letting them feel you from the other side with messages, I know you will be there to watch all from that stage, and even see your Dad as he takes the stage with a guitar! (give him some props and strength kiddo)
YOU my friends can help..
you can order a “OneLove t-shirt”
send a donation for the event
you can send some warrior love/prayers to Susan and Greg!
So, if you are in Tampa/Clearwater/Tarpon Springs/Palm Harbor/Dunedin/Oldsmar/Safety Harbor/Ozona/
or surrounding areas…
hope to see you there,
as I kick off this event!
MAY 12, 1230-7pm
Music to get you on your feet by:
Prayers goin strong for all who have asked!
Thomas O’brien out there in Texas, I’m thinkin about you and hope you have those 5k friends on Facebook to lift you today,
Ali and Veteran Dad, I pray you are spending each moment knowing that you are being thought about and the next place is filled with wonderment, joy and old friends.
EE I am lighting sage, and hope you will have a day less pain filled out there and that your son is feeling somewhat better today… we are thinking of you both with love and energy to heal by.
Fluff, thank you for your work in Detroit trauma and blessings to your friend who is now grieving.
for all who are traveling an uncharted path, blessings and strength to each of you…
Oh how Landon loved some Bob Marley and music, all music…
Susan and Greg have designed the shirts, the guitar of Landons has had a make over with Marley colors by an artist friend; the wrist bands say
and Kamryn of course took mine after hearing about Landon.
Our arms are around you Korabeks’
I am honored to kick off this event,
hope you will all join me
in embracing them as they look to the
Walk in Beauty,