Rock drummer visits burn center that saved his life

Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2009 7:56 PM
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Rock drummer Travis Barker returned to Augusta and the burn center that saved his life Wednesday to show those who treated him his appreciation -- part of which came in the form of a donation.

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Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker signs Blink 182 t-shirts for the staff and patients at Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital in Augusta, Ga., on Wednesday, Oct. 7. Mr.  Barker also handed out drum sticks during the visit.  Special
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Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker signs Blink 182 t-shirts for the staff and patients at Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital in Augusta, Ga., on Wednesday, Oct. 7. Mr. Barker also handed out drum sticks during the visit.

“I’m here to say 'thank you’ to everyone who took care of me after the accident,” he said in a press release from the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital. “I was sort of unconscious the last time I was here, and I felt like I owed them a big 'thank you.’”

The Blink-182 drummer and disc jockey Adam Goldstein, better known as DJ AM, were the only survivors of a fiery runway crash Sept. 19, 2008, at Columbia Metropolitan Airport. Four people died -- Mr. Barker’s assistant, his bodyguard and two crew members.

During his visit, Mr. Barker confirmed he and Blink 182 plan to donate $100,000 to the burn centers that helped save his life last year, including the Joseph M. Still Burn Center. Mr. Barker said the donation came from the proceeds from Blink 182’s Sept. 19, 2009, show at Tempe Beach Park in Tempe, Az.

“I saw what it took to help people who have been burned,” Mr. Barker said. “I ended up playing on the anniversary of the crash and I wanted to make sure the proceeds from that show went to help the burn centers.”

Mr. Barker met with several patients during his visit, which came between tour stops for Blink 182 in Charlotte and Atlanta. Mr. Barker, who was burned on his hands and legs, showed how far his recovery has progressed, pointing out that several tattoos were still intact after the burns had healed.

Staff at the burn center said they appreciated Mr. Barker’s visit.

“This was a great opportunity for our staff and our patients to see someone who is truly a success story,” said Dr. R. Fred Mullins, who serves as Medical Director of the burn center and helped treat Mr. Barker’s wounds. “Travis was gracious with his time today, and his presence was a nice surprise and boost for everyone here.”

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bigc
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bigc 10/07/09 - 08:15 pm
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Nice shirt Mr Barker is

Nice shirt Mr Barker is wearing. I wonder if he feels that way towards the "pigs" that put there life in jeopardy to save his?

lokalloudness
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lokalloudness 10/07/09 - 08:21 pm
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It's just a t-shirt...I guess

It's just a t-shirt...I guess some people just can't enjoy a little "heartwarming" news for a change. I guess your mama never told you "if you can't say anything nice..."

sassygirl12
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sassygirl12 10/07/09 - 08:34 pm
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that is awesome

that is awesome

check
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check 10/07/09 - 08:41 pm
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Very nice story. Um, ... he

Very nice story. Um, ... he could have worn a better shirt.

Boogaloo
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Boogaloo 10/07/09 - 08:50 pm
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I wonder what a burned tattoo

I wonder what a burned tattoo looks like? I know, a Salvador Dali painting.

TheDeerhunter
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TheDeerhunter 10/07/09 - 09:37 pm
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He looks good.

He looks good.

youbetcha
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youbetcha 10/07/09 - 10:04 pm
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doctors hospital is the

doctors hospital is the best!!!!!!!!!!!!
told ya so!

andrew412
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andrew412 10/07/09 - 11:55 pm
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This is great news and great

This is great news and great for the burn center. Good for Mr. Barker and Blink-182 to make such a generous donation. On a different note, I wonder if it would have been relevant for the writer of the article to mention Mr. Goldstein's death in August. I suppose that would make Mr. Barker the sole survivor from the plane crash.

mh1401
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mh1401 10/08/09 - 04:48 pm
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How would Goldstein’s

How would Goldstein’s overdose be remotely relevant? They both survived the crash and his death was by his own hands and not the result of that. Perhaps if he has made better decisions and taken advantage of the second chance he had been given he could have thanked those that saved his life. That does not seem to be a relevant factor as far as this story is concerned.

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smartie 10/11/09 - 05:09 pm
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good point, bigc. perhaps

good point, bigc. perhaps this millionaire could've donated the insurance settlement he received from sueing the airline over the accident.

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