Today’s story is different than anything I have ever done on this blog, mostly because Blake is not homeless. The last few months of my life have been dedicated to Can You Spare A Story, working hard to share the stories of the homeless population. Passion projects are an art form, some stem from negativity others from positivity. After meeting Blake in a downtown Phoenix coffee shop I felt compelled to share his story.
Blake’s shirt reads “Change Maker” and he is exactly that, Blake sufferers from severe PTSD after being sexually assaulted in his own home. Blake was attacked in the middle of night by 3 drunk men who broke into his home and sexually assaulted him changing his life forever. When the police arrived, the story was 3 against 1 as the men insisted it was simply a misunderstanding. The following months left Blake in a deep-rooted depression with no justice served his safety was never insured again. Blake struggles every single day with nightmares and triggers of that horrible night.
One late night changed Blake’s life forever, for the first time in a long time Blake found laughter while watching The Steven Colbert Show. This show got him out of his darkness, something he had struggled with for a long time. The next day strolling through Staples, Blake had a idea that would change his journey forever. He chose a literal blank canvas, a white poster board, to petition his way on to the Steven Colbert Show to tell his story.
As of February 10th, Blake has been approaching strangers to sign his petition boards for the last 457 days. He has gone through 307 boards and has a total of 21,065 signatures and counting. He has found therapy in sharing his story with strangers, little did he know I have a passion of sharing others stories with the world. In our conversation, we spoke of how life happens and how that is presented through his boards. Not only are these boards covered with messages of love for Blake on his journey but baby spit up, coffee spills, and even the occasional drop of blood or two. Blake fights his PTSD on an everyday basis by being vulnerable and telling strangers something you think would be his deepest darkest secret. Blake hopes one day to present these boards in an exhibit, showing the world how community can heal just about anything. Blake is currently working towards doing a TED talk at Grand Canyon University in the upcoming months. Blake puts his heart and soul into this project every single day, and I need each and everyone of you to help Blake get to The Stephen Colbert Show. You can follow his movement on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/Blake-Late-Show-1480994415541825/.
I have never met an individual with such a kind and open heart. Blake works hard each and everyday to tell his story, just as I work each and everyday to tell the stories of the homeless population.
Thanks For Reading,