The story behind #guitarsthatcare

Over the years many of you have met my family (wife Cindy, son Erik, daughter Chloe, her husband Clete). On May 1, 2014 we lost our talented and gifted son to an accidental overdose. He was a huge part of our family business. We share in hopes that it may help in some way save someone, who like Erik, struggles with trauma, mental illness, and addiction.

Our question has always been, how can we help others going through what we experienced? Cindy has used her 20 plus years of experience as a critical care coordinator to become a Certified Addiction and Recovery Coach. After 26 years of repairing guitars, I was itching to get creative and build guitars. Together, we established the mission of CARE. Looking back on the years of taking care of Erik, our friends taking care of us, and my career of taking care of thousands of guitars the word “care” jumped out at us. It described what the mission of #guitarsthatcare would be. Taking care to build guitars that will be used to inspire stories you share through your music. At the same time, partner to care for individuals and their families that are on the frontlines fighting trauma, mental illness, and addiction. We are a family who is blessed to have loyal customers who are committed to quality craftsmanship. Here is to many more years serving you so you can continue to share the gift of music. 

Thank you for your support.

This short video about our son, Erik Lee Blom (11/15/84 - 5/1/14). Special thanks to Alterbridge for permission to use their song "A Wonderful Life". Erik's wonderful epic life is the inspiration behind our future #guitarsthatcare non profit.

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