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  • Steve Gore is a chainsaw artist who is using his God-given talent to help people in need. Steve was well-known for his detailed, beautiful wood carvings when, in 2009, he was brutally attacked in an attempted murder that left him with severe injuries and nearly caused liver and kidney failure.

    Steve’s skull was fractured from more than a dozen hits to the head with a baseball bat and tire iron. His left arm was shattered, more than 30 blood clots formed in his leg, severe bruises and lacerations covered much of his body, and his hands had been stomped and smashed. He was struck a total of 59 times.

    Following the attack, Steve was taken to his home where his phone and vehicle were disabled. He was left to die for more than 15 hours before being found.

    His doctors gave him a three-percent chance of survival. His family was told to start making funeral arrangements when he was touched by God.

    Though he recovered over the next two years without undergoing a single surgery, he was left mentally and emotionally damaged. His hands recovered, but his creativity and will to make art had vanished. He fell into a deep depression.

    During his emotional recovery, Steve met some Vietnam veterans. They talked to Steve, a veteran himself, for 11 hours, explaining that he suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). They saved him by teaching him how to manage his PTSD.

    To thank them, Steve created a memorial sculpture to honor Vietnam veterans. To repay them, the vets asked Steve to “pay it forward.”

    While healing, Steve lost his home and business. He started over with one chainsaw and a bag of clothes while living in a small hotel room. His girlfriend, Marcella Brescol, nursed him back to physical health, but was unable to heal his unseen wounds. Marci fought valiantly against cancer before succumbing in May of 2012. She made Steve promise to finish his in-progress monument to fallen military veterans.

    After her death, Steve fulfilled that promise, completing work on the “Tribute to Fallen Soldiers II” memorial sculpture. The sculpture was on a nationwide tour with the Traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall.

    Following the tour, Steve decided to go to small-town America to work with direct-impact charities, and “Chainsaws for Charity” was born. CFC travels the country looking for families or causes who need financial help.

    At each event Steve carves and puts on a “showgram” for the crowd. He partners with local chainsaw artists, mentoring them and helping them hone their craft. At the end of the event, the sculptures are raffled or auctioned with the proceeds going to the charity holding the event.

    Steve has overcome more obstacles in the last few years than most of us will in our entire lifetime. He puts everyone’s needs ahead of his own. He simply follows the plan God has for him. He is an inspiration and the epitome of what it means to live a “Rare Life.”

    Steve Gore is an Eagle Rare Life Nominee. Read his story and vote here

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