Some of you may not know the story behind “I Refuse” and how exactly the idea came about, so here it goes…
One night I was working when I noticed a Facebook pop up. At the time, I was heavily involved in some things with regard to Tripp Roth and so it was not unusual for me to get messages that late. Upon opening it, it was obvious that it was one of “those” messages. It was not the first and I knew it would not be the last. It was ugly and really nothing wort repeating. However, it brought me to a breaking point, enough to post a status about it:
“Over the last several months, I have received messages and comments from people, many whom are friends. Some of them have been very positive and others, well, others have been let’s say misguided. People have asked why I would get so involved in something that really does not impact me. I am not quite sure how to respond…I guess I it is the way I was created…I am not the type of person that can just walk away when I have the ability to do something. The reality is, I am impacted each and every time I see a picture or a video, I am moved in ways that some people may not be able to understand. ”
Within a few minutes, this was posted: “There is a song by Josh Wilson called “I Refuse”. I thought of it as I read your post. You have a beautiful soul!”
Of course I went to YouTube to look for it. Well, needless to say, I was totally and completely moved. So for next couple of hours, I put together a video and posted it…within days, I Refuse was born.
So, here we are 6 months later and what I thought would be a small little “event” to spread awareness has become more amazing that I could have ever imagined…
I owe it all to a song and some precious souls who fight every single day despite their pain. So, Josh Wilson, thank you. The families and sufferers of Epidermolysis Bullosa, thank you. My love and prayers are with you always…I know that God has called me to do this and I am honored. I will continue to do this work until there is no need to do it anymore.
I would love Josh to hear from all of us. Please send him a tweet @joshwilson and let him know that YOU REFUSE!