FOX 47 - Health News
MADISON (WMSN) -- If you are one of millions who watched tonight's American Idol Finale, you can understand how music brings people together.
The father, Michael Gomoll says the idea started in his basement.
Now he has a CD full of Grammy nominated artists, including Tim Easton, Tracy Bonham and the Crash Test Dummies.
"Whether it was videos we watched or it was Teletubbies coming on he would grab everybody and you had to dance with him," said Mike Gomoll, Joey's father.
It's hard not to find a picture of Mike Gomoll's son Joey smiling.
His little boy went through a lot, suffering from Epilepsy.
"We had 4 years of seizures about every 3 days or so was Joey's pattern," said Mike Gomoll, Joey's father.
There are 40 different types of Epilepsy, Joey's was Dravet's Syndrome.
"Intense shaking and he would fall and be stiff and rigid and shake, last 2 to 3 minutes sometimes," said Mike Gomoll, Joey's Father.
"Tried to make it as normal as possible, unfortunately a lot of things kids do are triggers of seizures, lack of sleep, getting excited getting too hot, are the things kids do 4 to 5 years old," said Gomoll.
Last March, Joey passed away just shy of his 5th birthday.
To get through his loss, Mike says he poured himself into creating a CD.
"Unfortunately one of the delays for Joe was that he couldn't speak. One of the ways he did interact through his world was through music," said Gomoll.
Mike says he began contacting artists with his story through e-mail, to create an album in his son's memory to raise money for Epilepsy research, and to help other families like his living with the disorder.
"Within a few hours and they didn't know men from adam right? They said yeah your story hits we'd like to help, what the heck lets start," said Gomoll
Within a few weeks 30 artists joined the fundraiser albums. One for children, another for adults.
Joey's brother and sister say, it's a great way to remember him.
"When his favorite TV shows were on he danced to that," said Julia Gomoll, Joey's sister.
"He really liked music and was really happy," said Sam Gomoll, Joey's brother.
Mike says the money will go to support the Epilepsy Foundation through his organization, the Joseph Gomoll Foundation, Inc.
If you'd like to find out more about Joey's Song CD, Click Here.
He hopes to create more children CD's in the future.
Sun. - Fri. on FOX 47 News at 9!
Top Health Headlines (foxnews.com)
|New technology cutting hospital time for premature babies|
Every year, one out of every nine babies in the U.S. is born premature and can spend weeks in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Now new technology is helping preemies grow faster – and sending them home sooner.
|20 things you should throw away for better health|
When we talk about the steps you need to take to get healthier, they often involve buying new things: workout clothes, fitness equipment, ingredients for healthy recipes, and the list goes on.
|White House: Science indicates parents should vaccinate kids|
Amid the measles outbreak stemming from California, the White House is telling parents that science indicates they should vaccinate their children.
|Why a nonprofit is willing to pay thousands for your poop|
A Massachusetts-based nonprofit is collecting poop at $40 a sample to treat a bacterial infection that is currently only mitigated by antibiotics, the Washington Post reported.
|Canada says husband of woman diagnosed with avian flu also infected|
The husband of a woman who tested positive for the H7N9 avian flu virus earlier this week was also infected, likely from a common source during their visit to China, Canadian federal and provincial governments confirmed on Friday.
Tonight on FOX 47
11:00am College Basketball on FOX: "Providence vs. St. John's"
1:00pm Paid Program
3:00pm Ring of Honor Wrestling
4:00pm Big Bang Theory
4:30pm Big Bang Theory
5:00pm Two and a Half Men
5:30pm Two and a Half Men
6:30pm Modern Family
6:30pm Modern Family
7:00pm Backstrom (Encore)
8:00pm Red Band Society
9:00pm FOX 47 News at 9
9:30pm Inside the Huddle Legends: Jerry Kramer
10:00pm Animation Domination
11:00pm Ring of Honor Wrestling