Rod Stewart, British rocker, all around good guy, and father of eight recently made it possible for a group of kids and adults with disabilities to go to Washington D.C. so they could protest the GOP healthcare bill. If passed, this bill will cut funds to Medicaid, something they rely upon heavily for medical services.
The group’s efforts in fund raising got them to $7,000, but the cost for all of them to go in a rented bus from Baton Rouge, LA was $30,000. Their story caught the attention of CNN, where Stewart saw it and decided to email his manager:
I’ve just seen something on CNN that’s heartbreaking. It was a group of families with severely disabled children who are driving to Washington to confront about health care cuts. See if you can find out who they are,” Stewart wrote. “I’d like to help in some way.
His manager told CNN:
He was so touched and heartbroken and actually teary,” Arnold Stiefel, Stewart’s manager for more than 30 years said. “He said to me ‘As a father of eight I have to do something now.’
The singer had a check written out for the rest of the money needed for the group to travel to Washington, and they were extremely grateful. Stewart said:
Some of you may know that I live in America and pay my taxes here,” the British singer said. “I’m neither a Democrat nor a Republican, but I am a father.
That got me right in the feel goods.