You guys know my love for heart babies runs deep, right? I read about any and all heart babies whenever I can, and I have loved following Bowen's Heart. Bowen was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome just a few months before Preston was born. His daddy, Matt Hammitt, happens to be the lead singer for Sanctus Real, a Christian group.
At a time in my life when I felt so alone, constantly feeling beat down and at times hopeless, I found someone else who was going through a similar situation. Someone else who was also barely hanging and yet unknowingly provided encouragement and inspiration to others through their blog and their music.
Matt wrote a number of songs since finding out about his son's diagnosis and during Bowen's open heart surgeries, and those songs are to be released on September 13th in an album called Every Falling Tear. A portion of the proceeds from the album sales will go directly to a foundation the Hammitt's created called Whole Hearts Foundation, a movement towards hope for families and children suffering from congenital heart defects.
I cried (and I mean the all out lip-quivering, ugly cry) when I watched the video of Matt below for the first time. "All of Me" is one of the singles on his new album, and I know this story and these feelings all too well.
"All of Me" from Ryan Lynch on Vimeo.
Matt's label sent me a CD (I'm listening to it right now... love it), and they've offered to giveaway three more CDs to my readers. To enter all you have to do is leave a comment by Wednesday, September 14th and be sure to include your e-mail address if your blog account is not linked to your e-mail.