Music brings hope and healing to bedridden Farmington man

FARMINGTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- There's been several concerts in Farmington the last year that haven't drawn the biggest crowds, but have had one of the biggest impacts. The mood is always high and the music pumping at Nick Stanley's home during concerts, even if he's unable to clap along to the beat.

Stanley has been confined to a bed for the last two years due to complications from a condition called adult onset spinal muscular atrophy. It hasn't been easy on him and his family, but the sounds of drums and guitars have gotten them through it.

"It means everything because I can't get out of the house more than a couple times a year," said Stanley.

Several bands have set up shop in Stanley's living room for his bedside concerts. The rapper Spose and the band Rustic Overtones being two of them. Lead singer for Rustic Overtones, Dave Gutter, says he gets as much out of the experience as anyone else.

"I don't think I've had a bad day since I met Nick because of this amazing perspective that he has on life like nothing is going to stop you," said Gutter.


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