Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Pay Pal, David Cook and Michael Johns

Pay pal information is: lukeandrewmenard@gmail.com

A few days ago I received a call from David Cook and Michael Johns. They said they held up signs at a recent concert that said "Give back to Luke Menard." I was very surprised and pleased that they are so willing to help out. They seemed more excited on the phone that they were going to really make a difference. Michael Johns said, "Man, you need to set up a paypal account now!" He said that several of their fans were asking how to donate to us and that they were all asking for this info. Well....here it is. lukeandrewmenard@gmail.com
I am now in Illinois finishing up recording part of an album for Chapter 6 before they get back ont he road and before I start round 7 of chemo. After I recover from this chemo my wife and I are going to fly to L.A. where my car is still located. We are then going to drive the car back to Indiana with a stop at the Grand Canyon. Can't wait to see God's beauty and can't wait to have a nice peaceful drive with my wife across the country.
I will try to post a few blogs while on the road. And I still don't know how to post pictures on here but I will try to figure that out soon so I can start showing pictures on here.
Once again, thanks to everyone that reads this for your support. Your encouragement really does help pull me through the tough days of recovering from chemo. Back to the studio.


Anonymous said...

Hi Luke,

Thanks for posting the paypal info. We'll be keeping you and your family in my thoughts as you start your next round of chemo. Have a wonderful and peaceful drive back from LA. Best wishes to you from the fans on the wordnerdhome.com.

idolette said...

It is so, so cool of Michael and David to do that. What great guys!

Road trips are the best, so I hope you see lots of interesting sights, and it would be awesome if you could post pictures to share with all of us!

Keep truckin', Luke!

hiedi said...

Thanks for the paypal information. Can't wait to start rallying the troops :) David has shown us how to give back, and we don't do anything small! You and your family are in my prayers daily. God bless you!

CK from MI said...

Thanks for the PayPal info.

Luke, you & Lara will love the Grand Canyon! It is incredibly beautiful. I've always loved long car trips & hope that you have a wonderful drive with good weather along the way.

Hope Round 7 goes smooth and that you bounce back quick.

- CK

Gwen said...

Oh, this is perfect! Thanks for the paypal info!

You're still in my prayers as you continue to fight this battle. Best wishesn and God bless!

Mazakai said...

Have an awesome drive, road trips are a fun time to talk and see and admire!

Still can't wait for the new record, or any new songs you have. Good luck!

Remember, you have support all around you. Best wishes.

Anonymous said...

Hope you and Lara have a safe, wonderful road trip.
Best wishes to you and your family,

Cheryl said...

I have never met you. I have only seen your face on TV. But, that doesn't mean that I can't pray for your during this time of illness.

Sending my prayers,


Carry said...

Hi Luke, thanks for the information there. You are definitely thought of and prayed for. You have some wonderful friends! God bless you.
In Christ,

hikergirl51 said...

Hello Luke,
Season 7 of Idol is the only way I know you but I wanted you to know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Have a safe trip home and may God bless!

Elizabeth Bluemle said...

Hi, Luke. You were one of my top 3 on AI and went home WAAAAAY too soon. Love your voice!

Cancer is a scourge in my family, and I am delighted to be able to do any small thing to help. Glad you have terrific friends and wife and family around you -- makes a huge difference.

Cheers, and good luck with the rest of the treatments. Big thanks to DC and MJ for encouraging you to set up a Paypal account. : )

the camp said...

hey luke!
i am sitting here in the good ol' park and rec and found a link to your blog.

a few years ago bryce and i went out to la and i got to see the grand canyon from the plane window. i couldn't catch my breath. the vast beauty was nothing i had seen before. you will love it!


melliesmom said...

Luke, extra prayers are going out for you today because I'm thinking this is chemo day. Hang in there--you're an inspiration to many!!

God bless you, and keep looking up!

Anonymous said...

Praying for you on chemo day, brother... that the process and the recovery will not be too awful, and the thoughts of all the good things to come for you, and the knowledge that so many are out here praying and wanting to contribute, will lift you up during this time of stress.

In our weakness we find His strength, and in our darkness sings a perpetual alleluia. I pray you will hear it, today and every day...

julie, chicago

krittr517 said...

Whatever the "Mavid" wants, the "Mavid" gets ;)

They are great guys and so are you. All of DC and MJ's fans are yours as well and we are all happy to help out in any way we can. Thank you for setting up the account to assist us in our efforts to GIVE BACK.

Hang in there, get better soon, enjoy your Road Trip and get that album out as soon as you're able, so we can hear more of that beautiful voice of yours!



Cynthia said...


My thoughts and prayers are with you as you as you begin a new round of chemo. You are truly blessed to have a caring group of friends and I know that blessing will continue in your recovery.

Enjoy your trip!!

Carol said...

Hi Luke,

I'm happy to hear that you've been recording more and are making plans for a road trip.

smileyviv said...

Hey there Luke!

I understand you had round 7 of chemo today, and I hope that went well, and that the after effects won't be too bad.
Here's a little something to cheer you up. Us at the Word Nerd Home, through an organization called Cooked For Charity, have collected almost $1300 to date for you through donations and bracelet sales . $500 of that is on it's way to your P.O. Box, the rest will be transferred to your paypal account over the weekend. We're trying to do this in $500 increments instead of little bits and pieces here and there.

Hope you're doing OK, and that you get to enjoy your road trip.

You and your family is in our thoughts and prayers every day.



Brian and Carrie Saunders said...

Praying for you as you start another round of chemo. I hope you enjoy your trip. David Cook and Michael Johns are awesome for doing that. Have a great weekend!

The Saunders Family

Melody said...

I see how it is, I ask for paypal, and I get nothing, David Cook asks for paypal, and voila`...instant paypal, hmmph! Just kidding, I'm just glad it's up and I'll post it with the dreadheads and on my blog as well.

As far as posting pictures...when you are writing your post, look at the icons above the text box. One of them is a picture...it's right next to the one that looks like a filmstrip. Click on that, browse for the picture you want to post on your computer, select it, choose the size and location you want it to appear in your post, click on "upload photos" and when it is uploaded, it will tell you so. The pictures always show up at the top of the text, but you can move them around once they are loaded. If you type in "compose" mode, you will see the actual picture in your draft. If you type in "html" mode, you will see the code for your picture.

Now, let's see some Grand Canyon pictures, 'kay?

I hope you aren't feeling too lousy from the chemo by the way...we're all praying for you!

Anonymous said...

Hey Luke,

I just read about your situation, and stopped by to wish all the good. I have to say you dropped far too early on AI, because you have the one of the clearest tenors I've heard on the show and lots of charisma and looks too (as a male I pay more attention to the singing lol:))

I'm from Europe and PayPal doesn't work in my country, but seeing the feedback I think the U.S fans are there to help you!

Wishing you all the best,


Anonymous said...

Have a fun, relaxing drive home. Just stay out of Gustav's path as it comes inland!

kelandtrigger said...

Still prayin' for ya, Luke. Stay strong! I hope you have a wonderful trip back home from LA.

Speaking of driving, Drew now has his license. Oy, that makes me old. :-D

Good news about the paypal account too. We've been wanting to do something for you!

(((hugs))) from the Ellerbrocks!


Mike Reed said...


Good luck. I am a Hodgkins patient myself. Remember, don't look so much AT the situation as being bad, rather, look at all of what God is doing in your life AND others through this because there is a purpose greater than us.

melliesmom said...

In case anyone missed it, here's the link for the Mavid dance in support of Luke:


Have been praying for you Luke...hope you're feeling better!

Kaitlin said...

You have great friends and fans....and family too!

I hope you enjoy your road trip with your wife!

Wishing you all the best,

Anonymous said...

Luke, Lara and family,

Couldn't be more pleased to read on July 30 the mass is shrinking. Hopefully with support from the AI7 Tour more help is on the way. On August 27, VFTW posted a front page appeal calling on folks to help you with the medical bills. Thank you for the Paypal link. Donation appeals are now on many fan sites of the Idols. You are in good company. God Bless and all the rest is up to you.

Anonymous said...

Your Round 6 was half-way, right? So, with this Round 7, you're reaching the chemo home stretch. Only 5 more to go!

annie said...

that's an awesome idea for a road trip. you guys are going to LOVE the grand canyon! it's mind-blowing beautiful... the kind of beauty that you can feel. and there's always route 66 for a bit of road trip nostalgia.
wishing you the best always!

Anonymous said...

hi luke, just a shout out, hope the chemo aftermath from #7 is passed/passing -- still praying here, that your cure will be complete and uncomplicated. Go safely to LA and back, I know the drive is going to be fun and a blessing. take care, brother... vaya con Dios...

julie, chicago

Adam said...

Hi Luke,

I am a teenager, with no job, therefore I lack the money to donate.

But, I do have a few celebrity autographs, so I had my Mom put up a listing on eBay for me. I am selling an autographed Jesse McCartney CD, and all the money I get from selling it, I'm donating it to you.


Anonymous said...

Best of luck to you, Luke. I had Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma State III and have been in total remission for over 2 years now! Here's a great hint for you during chemo: If you feel like you are getting mouth sores, suck on the Ricola Original Herb drops. They prevent sores. Again, good luck.

Michelle36 said...

Luke, You are always in my prayers. I will repost the bulletin about this and let more of your fans know. It helps to think we can do somting tangible to help. We love you.

Ellen said...

Hi Luke,

I posted on my Myspace bulletin your latest update. I also posted Adam's comment about the CD he is selling to raise money for you. You are always in my thoughts and prayers.


Anonymous said...

Yes,when I posted your situation on a forum here in Japan,their name -in URL- is much helped to make people believe I'm not trying cheat them :)
(many of us don't have paypal account,so Sushi Supporters will be little bit late..First Sushi had already on the way,I tested my account works.)
Sorry for funny name,but,you may need a laugh especially when you feel no good-

My only 10$is from my disability check,so embarassed.

so,Luke,I will back to health too,you will be back to health much farster than me,I hope.May be I will be slow but keep going-(Here all we have health care :( unfair..)

vera said...

Hi Luke --
I'm sharing this information over at the IOC website. You're in our prayers :)


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