My name is Beau Frasher, the founder and president of Long Days Short Nights, a brand dedicated to getting better every single day regardless of the circumstance. Growing up I never had the best tools at my hands, No male role models to look up to, never was the richest family in the neighborhood, but I also never had an ounce of quitter in me. Always feeling like I was stuck behind the eight ball, I found my way out of mediocrity through the football field. Football was something I loved, and was skilled enough at to seriously pursue as something more than a hobby. I had NFL aspirations and a work ethic to back it up, All I needed was an opportunity.
Just as my 6th grade year was coming to an end, my little league football team had given me enough of a reputation to have some high schools paying attention to me. I was ecstatic, and couldn't wait to prove myself at the next level. Then boom, May 11th 2009 changed my life forever.
I was racing my friend on our dirt bikes through our neighborhood, and one intersection before I was home I got run over by a 1994 Dodge Dakota and my entire life was in jeopardy including my NFL dream. I woke up out of a coma 11 days later not knowing where I was, what had happened or how to ask what happened. Not knowing how to talk, all I could do was listen to the doctor telling my mom that I wouldn't be able to walk for at least 6 months and that I'd never be able to play football again. Devastated, hearing the doctor doubt me like that lit a fire in me.
I learned how to talk again that week, was let out of the hospital and checked into a rehabilitation center about 2 weeks after that, let home another 3 weeks after that, and spent about a month stuck at home in a wheel chair. I got my cast off of my right foot, got my Halo taken out ( halo is to help repair broken pelvis bones) and that same exact week was invited to a brand new church that I had never been to. That Sunday started off normal for me, sponge bath, small breakfast, then out the door. My mom and I had met my very first girlfriend and her family at the church, where we all found out that there was a special guest there that day, a women who claimed to be a healer. At the end of the hour and a half service, I was tired and ready for my nap, but when my mom heard the healer woman invite any sick person to the front so she can heal them, I was pushed to the front before I could turn myself around. The second I was close enough to see the healer, I looked up and there was already a group of people surrounding me. The healer put her hand on my forehead and started speaking in tongues. I looked back at my mom to find a familiar face, but she was no where to be found. All I saw behind me were more people speaking in tongues, then after about 3 minutes of trying to figure out if I should laugh, cry or be scared of these people, they all stopped simultaneously. The main woman asked me calmly, "Do you want to try to walk?". When she asked me that, its like all of my fears of re-injuring any of my bones left my body, I stood up so effortlessly and walked across the stage at my church. I couldn't explain the feeling I had, I was almost in disbelief at what had just happened. I turned around after walking about 10 steps to see a crowed of people crying and cheering at what they had just witnessed. I walked back to my wheelchair to find my mom and my girlfriends family crying and hugging each other.
After that experience, my faith in God is still to this day unwavering, and my faith in myself grew tremendously. I know that God saved my life so that I can change the lives of so many other people through LDSN. My whole goal for this brand, is to show that through faith and dedication you can literally do anything you put your effort and focus towards, regardless of what the odds are. If you want to be the first person in your family to graduate college, with long days of studying and dedication and nights of sacrifice you can do just that. If you want to take your family out of the hood so that they don't have to worry about the same problem you worried about growing up, do it. F*ck logic, F*ck excuses, and F*ck anyone who tells you that you can't do something because of your past. As long as you're willing to put in the time, effort and dedication you too will Create Your Legacy.