Look What Made the Cover Story….

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Nate’s bull riding accident is the fall 2017 cover story for the Saginaw Faith magazine. Author Erika Hirschman does a great job summarizing the events documented in  Finding Hope on Vegas. Thanks to Sarah Moore Kuschell for the fantastic pictures in the hops field.

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Nathan and his bull riding accident were featured in  Michigan Blood’s August cover story. It is a great article that emphasizes the importance of donating blood.  Donating is an easy way to save a life! You can view the article in full here.

To learn more about the details of the accident and his miraculous recovery check out the book  Finding Hope on Vegas

Horizon Books Hosts Finding Hope on Vegas

horizon booksI will be at Horizon Books in downtown Traverse City just in time for the holiday season.  Stop by and get your signed copy of Finding Hope on Vegas. It makes a perfect gift!  I look forward to meeting you and hearing your own incredible story.

Nov. 26, 2017
Horizon Books
2-4pm Book Signing
243 E Front St
Traverse City, MI 49684

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From Journal to Book

I have been invited to speak by the Golden Agers about the events that inspired the book, Finding Hope on Vegas, tomorrow, Oct. 10, 2017, at the Sage Township Hall. If you have not heard about the story, come and join us as I summarize the miracles, support and love our family encountered on Aug. 9, 2014. It is an incredible story of faith, hope and love.

I will also touch on how my post traumatic stress journal became a book. Since I am not writer by nature, I consider the whole process from journal, to development, editing and publishing this book a small miracle all by itself.

I look forward to seeing you, and if you have not had a chance to get a copy I will have books available after the presentation.
Sage Township Hall
Oct. 10, 2017
Presentation: From Journal to Book
12:30-2:00pm Book Signing
Sage Township Hall

Preview: Finding Hope on Vegas

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Eighteen and three-fourths gallons of blood was needed to save Nathan Davis. Yet, throughout this tragedy the Davis family found an unexpected gift by an unsuspecting giver: hope on a bull named Vegas.

 

 


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 On August 9, 2014, tragedy struck the annual Gratiot County Fair.  In the blink of an eye, a fifteen-hundred-pound bull named Vegas stomped seventeen-year-old Nathan Davis to near death. Initially, no one understood the extent of Nathan’s injuries as he walked with assistance out of the arena.  The situation, however, grew bleak when Nathan’s health quickly took a turn for the worse and he found himself fighting for his life in a small rural hospital.

     Finding Hope on Vegas details an incredible, true story of relentless dedication and determination and how a self-reliant family suddenly found themselves completely dependent on Divine Providence and intervention.

     For the Davis family, excruciating minutes slowly turned into hours, days, and weeks.  It would literally take miracle after miracle to keep Nathan alive, but through the outpouring of support from family, friends, and strangers, the Davis family found the strength to handle more than they could have ever imagined.

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Preview: Finding Hope on Vegas

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Eighteen and three-fourths gallons of blood was what it took to save him.

“Finding Hope on Vegas” chronicles how seventeen-year-old Nathan Davis escaped imminent death after being stomped by a fifteen-hundred-pound bull at the Gratiot County fair in Alma, Mich., on Aug. 9, 2014.

Michelle Davis takes readers on a rollercoaster ride as she recounts her family’s journey leading up to Nathan’s accident, the accident itself and the horrific battle of survival that ensued. This profound story will have readers on the edge of their seats as they discover how dedicated family and friends, along with determined medical personnel, witnessed miracle after miracle as Nathan clung to life. Yet, in the midst of it all, the Davis family found an unexpected gift by an unsuspecting giver: hope on a bull named Vegas.

“There are no coincidences, only God moments.” said Michelle Davis.


 

Introduction

It was a beautiful Saturday afternoon in May when the Davis and Cassiday families gathered together at some property owned by my parents, Richard and Kathy Cassiday, to prepare for yet another event. The property itself was nothing special. It consisted of thirty-nine partially wooded acres with trails that provided hours of dirt bike entertainment for the thirteen Davis and Cassiday cousins. Three towering maple trees stood over a large field. Providing some shade, it was the perfect spot to set up base camp and a fire pit. For years, running water was the only luxury we had, thanks to a couple of gas generators. Earlier that spring, we finally finished construction on a small pole barn that we had started the previous summer. It became the camp kitchen: complete with a propane stove, sink, and food prep area. The kitchen area had been cleaned and restocked earlier in the day to prepare for the summer. Memorial Day weekend, the official start to the camping season, was just a week away, and we were anticipating a slew of campers as we tried to get everything in order.

Gatherings like this were typical for such a crowd since we were such a close-knit family. When there was work to be done, we all pitched in to help. As the ladies worked in the kitchen area, the rest of the gang spent the day working hard: mowing the large camping area, setting up horseshoe pits, erecting a temporary pool, and painting picnic tables and the wooden playground. We knew the hard work would pay off the following Saturday for the huge celebration we had planned.

This property had become hallowed ground in a sense to my three brothers—Bryan, Jason, and Steve—and me, since our families and many great friends camped here throughout the summer. It provided a fun escape for the kids and the adults, to halt the craziness in all of our lives, even if it was used only a few weekends during the summer.

The venture began one Labor Day weekend over thirteen years ago when my sister-in-law Kelli and I decided to camp there. Our oldest kids were still quite small, so we chose the spot since it was fairly close to home. It was only natural for this hallowed ground to become the location for their dual graduation party.

Nevertheless, this day was vastly different than anyone could have expected nine months earlier. A lot had changed for everyone since August. Gratitude filled the air while everyone worked together cheerfully. We were all very thankful to have two graduates for the dual graduation party next weekend rather than just one.

After a long day’s work, the grill was loaded with barbecued chicken to feed the hungry crowd. When dinner was finally ready, one of the grandkids rang the large cast-iron dinner bell. Everyone instinctively gathered in a huge circle and held hands to say the blessing before we ate. My father, after all of the difficult times our family had been through, became a little sentimental and asked, “Please, would everyone please say something they are thankful for before we eat?” Everyone was a little surprised. This was a Thanksgiving tradition and not expected at a graduation, but, again, this was no ordinary gathering.

As I listened to a few of the twenty-three family members express their thanks, I became lost in my own thoughts.  What am I thankful for? Where could I begin? The last nine months had been such a roller coaster for all of us!  What should I say? There were too many things to be thankful for: my husband (Tim), the kids, love, family, God, hope! How could I choose just one?

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Eighteen and three-fourths gallons of blood …

First-Time Author Michelle Davis Releases Riveting New Read

New Book “Finding Hope on Vegas” Restores Faith in Friends, Family and Divine Intervention

 BEAVERTON, Mich. June 1, 2017 — In her newly published book “Finding Hope on Vegas,” author Michelle Davis chronicles how her seventeen-year-old son Nathan escaped near death after being stomped by a fifteen-hundred-pound bull named Vegas at the Gratiot County fair in Alma, Mich., on Aug. 9, 2014.

As abruptly as the ride ended, Nathan’s health drastically changed as he found himself fighting for life in a small, rural hospital. Michelle takes readers on a rollercoaster ride as she recounts her family’s journey leading up to Nathan’s accident, the accident itself and the horrific battle of survival that ensued. This profound story will have readers on the edge of their seats as they discover how dedicated family and friends, along with determined medical personnel, witnessed miracle after miracle as Nathan clung to life.

Eighteen and three-fourths gallons of blood was what it took to save Nathan Davis in two and a half weeks’ time. In the midst of it all, the Davis family found an unexpected gift by an unsuspecting giver: hope on a bull named Vegas.

“There are no coincidences, only God moments.” said Michelle Davis.

 Finding Hope on Vegas was published by BookBound Media, LLC, and released on June 1, 2017.  It is available on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle formats. To learn more, please visit findinghopeonvegas.com or the Finding Hope on Vegas page on Facebook.

About the Author

 Author Michelle Davis lives in a small, rural Michigan community. She graduated from Central Michigan University where she received a bachelor’s degree in computer science. After working for almost eight years in the technology industry, she left to dedicate herself to her family where years later she found herself faced with the most difficult experience she had ever witnessed. A devout Catholic, Michelle believes God has a plan for everyone. She began to write about that experience in what she called her post-traumatic stress journal and feels blessed that it has been transformed into a book to allow her to share her family’s incredible story of hope.