Meet Blain Robinson, a 17-year-old from Sulphur, Oklahoma. Upon first meeting Blain, you might notice there is something quite different about him. Blain was born withan under-average size heart and a disease called Myotonic Dystrophy, which the Yale School of Medicine describes as follows:
“Myotonic dystrophy has effects throughout most of the body. Although chiefly characterized by muscle weakness and wasting there are associated cardiac, hormonal, respiratory, digestive and mental effects”
While Blain may have these conditions, you wouldn’t ever see him look at life in a negative way. He always has a positive and caring attitude. He will do just about anything he can to help out or cheer up someone he loves, which is mostly everyone he knows. Blain has been described by friends, family, and classmates as, among many things, “very caring”, having a “strong heart”, “a loyal friend”, and that he is “always giving hugs”. It’s also been said of Blain that, “His heart is physically small, but if it were to be judged by love, it’s immesurable”.
This strong and loving heart proved true when Blain survived a traumatic experience on Friday, September 8, 2012. Blain was at school when he collapsed on the floor, suffering a heart attack. Thankfully, Blain survived by means of CPR, administered by the high school basketball coach. Blain was then transported to OU Children’s Hospital where they discovered his heart was out of rhythm, among other issues. A procedure was performed on Blain to set his heart into rhythm again. Blain was released from the hospital on Sunday, September 16, 2012 after visits from loving family, friends, classmates, and teachers. Although Blain was released, he may have to return to the hospital in the future to have another procedure done. After all this, Blain retained his cheerful and caring attitude, just days after he was released.
Friends and classmates of Blain admire his strength and courage. Because of this admiration, an idea sprouted a Twitter movement among those who know Blain: #BTRforBlain. Among all the respectable qualities of Blain, one cannot describe him without mentioning his outrageous and ongoing allegiance to the boy-band Big Time Rush (BTR).
This movement is an attempt at getting Big Time Rush to visit Blain, a truly huge fan, leaving him with a lifelong memory of one of his dreams come true. This movement, ongoing since Saturday, September 15, 2012, has brought together a great amount of residents of Sulphur, and even going beyond that to other towns, counties, and even other states.
If you would like to join the movement to bring BTR to Oklahoma to visit Blain, one of their biggest and most loving fans, follow our account on Twitter (@BTRforBlain), and hash tag #BTRforBlain! We want to get the attention of Big Time Rush, but despite constant efforts, one small Oklahoma county can’t do it alone. Your help is very much appreciated!