Friends rock for a good cause at Ziggy’s in Winston-Salem

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From left: Greg Goad, Jason Leake, and Matthew Lawson members of The Buddy Rowe Band perform during the benefit concert and silent auction for Charlie Cook at Ziggy's in Winston-Salem, N.C., Sunday January 12, 2014. Cook broke his C5 vertebrae during a kayaking accident. (Bruce Chapman/Journal)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Charlie Cook was blown away by the generosity of friends and strangers on Sunday.

Throughout the afternoon and evening, people flowed in and out of Ziggy’s for “Charlie’s Chariot,” a fundraiser that gave them a chance to enjoy several bands and show their support for Cook.

Cook is well-known in Winston-Salem for his artistic ability and zest for life – he’s been a painter, sculptor, dancer, graphic designer, fire eater, freestyle rapper and more. But his life changed in August 2012 when he fell and injured his C5 vertebrae while on an outdoors excursion with friends.

Now 30 years old, he is a quadriplegic who is learning a new way of life. The proceeds from Sunday’s event will go toward getting him a vehicle that is handicap accessible.

“Who am I to deserve this kind of stuff? I’m just another human being. It’s something that just makes you speechless,” Cook said after the event.

Friends and family would tell you that he is more than deserving.

Ashley Dillon and Elizabeth Nichols organized the “Charlie’s Chariot” event. They both worked with Cook at an advertising firm.

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