Homeless Marine’s Life Changes Forever after Someone Catches Him on Camera
Donald Gould, a former United States Marine, has had his share of struggles in life. In the service, he was in the Marine Corp Band, traveling the world and sharing his music. A classically trained pianist, he was only a few credits shy of his degree when tragedy struck, landing him on the streets of Sarasota, Florida.
A Series Of Unfortunate Events
Donald was living the high life. He had a wife and a little boy, and his whole life ahead of him. When his wife developed cancer, after their son was born, it was tough on them all. His wife fought as hard as she could, but cancer took her, and that wasn’t the worst of it.
After his wife died, he was deemed an unfit parent, and his three-year-old son was taken away from him too. These events sent him on a downward spiral and led to substance abuse and life on the street for this man who served his country.
A Ray Of Hope
Sarasota implemented a program to bring beauty and music to the city. They placed pianos in various places for anyone to play for free, and Donald couldn’t resist his love for music. He would travel from piano to piano and play, sharing his gift with anyone who happened to be passing by. After all that happened to him, Donald still had a glimmer of hope and love for music in his heart.
He started attracting an audience at this one particular beautifully painted piano and began to return to it each day. As he played, his audience grew, and so did his spirit.
A Community Comes Together
A fan of his lovely music took a video of him playing one day and posted it on YouTube, where it was viewed 200,000 times in a single day. Inspired by the video and Donald’s story, someone started a GoFundMe page to get this hero off the streets. They raised $40,000 in his name.
Because of a caring community, Donald was able to get the help he needed. He entered a treatment program, reunited with his son, finished his music degree, and recorded an album. Today, the former Marine and music lover continues to make music and share it with the world. He had his own home, plays for various venues, and continues to work on his recovery. Donald is proof that one person can make all the difference.
Watch the video that changed Donald’s life.
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