Former ApologetiX and One-Armed Keyboardist Todd Waites Launches FaithLauncher Campaign by Team Addict on 2013-07-17 15:17:00
Former ApologetiX keyboardist Todd Waites has just 5 days left to reach his goal on Faithlauncher. See the video and his amazing story below:
"My name is Todd Waites, and most people know me as “that one-armed keyboardist” which is a title I once hated. I used to hate being in public because of the stares and comments. However today I gratefully embrace this as being God’s plan for me from the start and am unbelievably thankful for the purpose He has for my life just as Jeremiah 29:11 tells us.
I was born with both of my arms and from as far back as I can remember, I’ve only had one dream in life…and that was to be a musician/rockstar. I started playing the family organ at age 4 and started being interested in starting a band early in my teens. At age 14 I saved up just enough money to purchase my very first portable keyboard which was to be the first step in the direction of playing in bands. The very night before I was to buy it, my arm broke when I threw a football and nobody knew why until the following week. Although my arm was in a cast, I was extremely happy when I picked up my new keyboard. Little did I know that I would never play that (or any other) keyboard with two hands.
Through a series of tests it was revealed that my arm broke due to a very advanced, rare childhood bone cancer. My whole arm and shoulder were amputated immediately and I was put on very rigorous chemotherapy for 18 months. The doctors did not offer much hope that I would survive.
God placed that keyboard in my life at the perfect moment. It was still “shiny and new” to me, and was all my mind was on. It was the passion He placed into my life. Through the strength of Christ along with hours, days, weeks, months of re-teaching myself how to play, I have toured all over the country as a keyboardist in various bands (most recently ApologetiX for the past 2 years), and have been featured in Keyboard Magazine and many news outlets. I had the honor of giving David Bryan (keyboardist from Bon Jovi) advice on playing after he suffered a finger injury, and have been featured in a motivational book called: "I work with Crabby Crappy People" in which I also wrote/recorded the soundtrack for the digital version.
I am now being lead to share the message of hope, and that adversities can result in great things. That we ALL have a purpose, and that we are all different for a reason. I'm leaving ApologetiX to do more speaking engagements at churches, events, schools, and corporations, however I do bring a keyboard and incorporate that into my presentation.
It is an exciting yet admittedly scary time and really need help as I transition from playing with ApologetiX. I have spoken at many church events, some school districts, and am speaking with Mitch Albom on June 8th.
The Need of the Hour
God is showing me that this is the next step of the journey, however I do not have the resources to support this. Many of the venues I speak in do not have the funds to support the cost and I never want that to be the reason they do not hear the message.
I need financial support to secure lists of venues, help in booking, help with travel costs as needed, and to record a solo CD to help with ongoing support. I also need to hire an attorney to help with getting non-profit status. $15,000.00 would be an incredible start however $25,000.00 would really help to get this program up and running in a way that would allow my focus to be solely on this launch.
Check out ALL the Awesome things that I'm giving away for your contributions and support. Some of the mack daddy rewards INCLUDE "my actual keyboards"!!!
Autographed Korg Triton Extreme 61 note keyboard
Autographed Korg Triton Extreme 61 note keyboard that was used on the following: ApologetiX “Wise up and Rock” and “Hot Potato Soup” CD’s, the “Double Live” DVD, all live shows during the 2 year touring run with ApologetiX, the “I work with Crabby Crappy People” soundtrack, and the recording of “As I See You” for my wife while we were dating. It is a bit beat up from traveling all across the country for 2 years, but works and was used all the way through to my last APX show
Autographed Roland Fantom X6 61 note keyboard
Autographed Roland Fantom X6 61 note keyboard that was used at many ApologetiX shows and taken to many schools, churches and events for speaking engagements. It is a bit beat up from traveling but everything works and I still use it as I type this! In fact, as I type this I am getting ready to speak with Mitch Albom in a couple of days and am bringing it!
Please pray for me and if possible to aid in donations, please do as you are able."