Don & Linda are committed fans to Danny Gokey, this story ALL started when they heard the song “Hope in Front of Me” broadcast on K-LOVE radio:
“We felt that they can relate to Danny story of loss and overcoming, while trusting in God will reduce the pain, as he sings from the heart and through his voice and the way he sings, we can feel that Danny is talking to us personally. “Hope in Front of Me” then became important part of our worship time (worship by hearing), connecting to the Almighty God and having fun listening to it. Our favorite time was when we go for a ride; let our windows down feeling the wind blowing, and listening to “Hope in Front of Me.” This was part of our life; it’s like our favorite part of the day. After we got hooked up on this song, we started following all Danny’s Gokey songs and concerts, we also voted for him and encouraged our friends to do so.
Danny music, experience and voice are a great example of “worship by hearing,” where one can connect to God leaving any pain behind and feeling the joy of the Lord and what He can do for us; Danny has very encouraging story and wonderful voice that make us very connected.”
Don is featured in the Brooks Rehabilitation publication
Don was diagnosed with four simultaneous hemorrhagic strokes on one day. If he hadn’t been in the hospital at the time, he would not have survived.
Although Don was in a coma, he was still able to respond to Linda. If she’d ask him a question, he’d squeeze her hand. They were both fans of musician, Danny Gokey, particularly a song entitled, “Hope in Front of Me”.
I’ve been running through rain
That I thought would never end
Trying to make it on faith
In a struggle against the wind
I’ve seen the dark and the broken places
But I know in my soul
Not matter how bad it gets
I’ll be alright”
Linda would play the song for Don and when it would end, she’d ask if he wanted to hear it again. He would squeeze her hand. Two days later, he stopped responding.
A CT scan discovered two more blood clots, this time on the right side. Additional tests revealed the cause; a huge clot had formed in Don’s heart. Smaller clots kept breaking off and traveling to his brain.
Due to the bleeding in Don’s brain and his heart condition, doctors were unable to give him blood thinners. They were quickly running out of hope. Fearing he only had hours left, Linda was told to call in his family to say their last goodbyes.
Don, however, had different plans. He was not quite ready to leave Linda or his family yet. Hour after hour turned into day after day. He was starting to respond once again, which indicated that the bleeding stopped. Each day, he improved a little more.
There’s hope in front of me
There’s a light, I still see it
There’s a hand still holding me
Even when I don’t believe it
I might be down but I’m not dead
There’s better days still up ahead
Even after all I’ve seen
There’s hope in front of me”
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I first became familar with Don’s story when I saw the Brooks Rehab article, but when I saw this note from Linda, I thought we really needed to make them one of our “Featured Fans”!
When Don was in his coma he would only response to your song, it became then our way of communicating. You touched our heart & still is as Don keep listening to your music. Now he is letting his heart to beat again leaving pain & suffering behind to start a new life adjustment and accepting what is coming.
This is his story through your song “hope in from of me”— with Don Platte.
About Don and Linda Platte:
They currently live in Jacksonville Florida. Don was born and raised in Jacksonville and is a former law enforcement officer; Don was also an instructor in the Police Academy at Florida State College, teaching private investigation and self-defense classes. Linda was born and raised in Bethlehem, the birth place of Jesus, were she immigrated in 2007. Linda was a journalist covering live broadcastings, in addition to print media. Don and Linda are currently trying to accept the change in their lives after Don Stroke that altered their lives forever; they are currently working on writing a book about the experience of the miracle of healing, recovery process, hope and life adjustment.