Update on the Rankin Guitar

Back in January I blogged about a guitar contest that I was involved with on Facebook.    To RECAP: When local singer/songwriter Jimmy Rankin announced that he was going to give away a signed guitar for the holidays my niece thought it would a cool thing to try and win for her brother who had recently suffered a broken back from a car accident he’d been in. Since he loves to play guitar, she figured it might help lift his spirits during recovery if we were able to win it.

While the contest ended up being a race right to the very end (we managed a whopping 1600+ votes) we still came up about 20 votes short. Believe it wasn’t from lack of trying. Everyone was amazing, sharing the link to the voting and asking their facebook friends to help. It only goes to show what great guy Jimmy Rankin is, when he announced later that he would also give a signed guitar to our nephew Rob as well.Today, finally, I’m happy to say that Rob was presented with a signed guitar. The coolest part was, Jimmy Rankin, who happened to be in town recording this week, arrived at my sister’s house and signed the guitar in  person..I say that really speaks to the kind of person Jimmy is..Totally awesome!

For those of you wondering about Rob’s health today, as you can see from the photo he’s getting around on his own. He does use a cane to steady himself, and he still has some paralysis. He says he can feel himself getting stronger every day. So thanks Jimmy and especially to all of you you played a part in this good news story. The most amazing part of this story was the way so many of us pulled together to help someone out simply for the sake of doing something nice. Oh the things we can do when we all work together.  We are truly amazing, aren’t we?   :)

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  1. This is just so great; I’ve been waiting for an update. Jimmy Rankin is such a nice guy to present the guitar in person .. and even sign it there!

    Yes, when we want to do the right thing it really isn’t that hard.

    Laura, do you know what Jimmy wrote on the guitar? I can’t see it well enough to read it.

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    • I’ll find out and let you know. My sister read it to me over the phone and since I took the photos off her facebook I can’t quite make it all out either..

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      • Not sure if you caught Carol`s comment but she tells me that this is what was wriiten on the guitar :“For Rob, Hope you enjoy and make music for many years to come! Best wishes, Jimmy Rankin.”

        Nice!

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        • Thanks for letting me know, that’s so great!
          I am not on Facebook so if it was mentioned on there I would not see it.
          How encouraging all this must be to Rob. I imagine he was so very surprised and amazed. Excellent! :)

  2. Torry

     /  March 10, 2012

    3 cheers!!

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  3. Julie

     /  March 10, 2012

    It’s awesome to hear Rob’s doing so well AND got the guitar! :)

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    • Yes, it ended up having a pretty wonderful ending. It`s good to know that we can make good things happen when we want to. :)

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  4. Wonderful story and happy for him.

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    • It is a great story, Carl. It feels good the way it all turned out.Losing does not always mean losing.. :)

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  5. Madison Woods

     /  March 10, 2012

    Very nice story on all counts!

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  6. That was awesome – I remember watching the votes pile up. Glad Rob is doing well.

    (Hope to be online more often in the near future. Trying to finish in Miami in the next few weeks – Putting some very loooong days.)

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    • I think the Jimmy Rankin page was the most travelled over the Christmas week. It got a little intense for some…lol! So this seems to make the victory a bit sweeter…;)

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  7. What’s with that teapot thing???? With lipstick!

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  8. So glad to see and hear Rob is doing so well. Hat is off to Jimmy, may the Lord bless his career beyond his imagination.

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    • Laura, I’ve never done a reblog, but hope you don’t mind my sharing this with my Facebook friends who helped by voting.

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      • This turned out to be such a great story that involved so many people around cyberspace. That`s SO nice of you to reblog and to share with your Facebook friends. :)

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  9. There … got rid of the teapot. Actually, the teapot might’ve an improvement …

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    • Just when I was thinking the teapot and lipstick were kind of becoming ;) But I agree, the photo is better. And I meant to say earlier that we`ve missed your online antics so it will be nice to see you around more. Especially now that you no longer look like a teapot…

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  10. Reblogged this on A New Day Dawns and commented:
    Here’s an update on the injured young man, the musician, Jimmy Rankin and his signed guitar that many of you made possible by voting on Facebook.

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  11. Elayne

     /  March 11, 2012

    Glad to hear that Rob is doing better…all the best to him….looking forward to seeing him once again at the Community Beach this coming summer
    …….hopefully he will bring his guitar along and play us a few tones…… Congrats to the guitar…..

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    • He’s pretty good, so maybe sometime he will come to the beach and serenade you, Elayne. :) Feels good to see this story have such a happy ending.

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  12. Jenny Coolen

     /  March 11, 2012

    This is so inspiring! <3

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  13. Judi

     /  March 11, 2012

    I guss now we now why the guitar wasn’t signed when he got it!!!! What an awsome story. You should somehow be able to write a book about this….Right?????? Koodoo’s to everyone….

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    • Yes, it’s a great story, and we can all use a good news story from time to time. We ALL did good, didn’t we?
      Wonderful what we can when we work together… :)

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  14. Charmaine

     /  March 11, 2012

    This is really heartwarming, speaking to the character of this NS musician. :) Congratulations to all who helped see this through and best wishes for his continued road to recovery.

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    • Yes, it does say volumes about Jimmy Rankin. He really went out of his way to make this happen, too. Left while in the recodrding studio to do this… :)

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  15. A great ending to a wonderful story… quite the mixture of competition and compassion. I saw the other photos on FB, and Lynn and Laura, it says: “For Rob, Hope you enjoy and make music for many years to come! Best wishes, Jimmy Rankin.”

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    • It made for some pretty tense times over the holiday, but I think it was all worth it. We really all do deserve such credit for working together. There is great power when we all join together to do something good. We certainly proved it. :)

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  16. That is so amazing and uplifting, Laura. I’m thrilled for your nephew. Just goes to show that persistence does pay off. He was meant to have a guitar. I’m so glad he was presented with one. Congratulations to the entire family.

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    • It truly makes me happy everytime I think of it, Joylene. And as my sister said in the cbc interview, “It really isn’t about the guitar” It was something so much more.It was so many people coming together to do this, most of them for someone they didn’t even know. How cool is that?

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