Actor Gary Sinise and his Lt. Dan Band, named after his role in “Forrest Gump” are performing a benefit concert in Tampa on Friday, May 10, to benefit hero Sgt. Michael Nicholson who lost both legs, part of an arm, and suffered brain injuries while serving in Afghanistan.
Tampa Tribune columnist Steve Otto wrote about Nicholson, sharing his story:
Nicholson is a wounded warrior, and the Tampa Plant High grad is one of our own. You have probably heard the story. It was almost two years ago on July 6, 2011, when then Marine Cpl. Mike Nicholson was on foot patrol in Afghanistan. The blast from an improvised explosive device caused him to lose both legs, his left arm and suffer brain injuries. e would go on to the Navy Medical Center for long months of recovery and rehabilitation… A few weeks ago, he even threw out the first ball at the Trop in a game between the Rays and the Yankees. It was the loudest ovation heard at that place in years.
Friday’s concert raises money for Nicholson’s new home, being built with the Tunnel to Towers Foundation. He is one of 12 wounded veterans receiving these homes which are specially designed and equipped.
Friday’s concert is at Curtis Hixon Park, with gates opening at 6 pm and the show starting at 7 pm. To make a donation on Mike Nicholson’s home, visit TunneltoTowers.org or GarySiniseFoundation.org. To become a corporate sponsor, call 314-603-2866.