November 7, 2010
"Michael Jackson, Modern Hero"
Michael Jackson, time and time again, has proven to be a true modern hero. Through the many trials and tribulations
that he has endured, he always managed to put others that were most in need first. On January 27, 1984, he received second
degree burns on his scalp from pyrotechnic accident that occurred on the set of a Pepsi commercial. Instead of thinking of
himself, he took the out-of-court settlement of $1.5 million dollars and donated it to the Brotman Medical Center in Culver
City, CA., which later named the burn ward "Michael Jackson Burn Center", and presented him a plaque for his selfless
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Of course Michael granted that request inviting
Smithee to his California home. Through the Brass Ring Society, a organization that caters to the wishes of terminally ill
children, David Smithee got his last wish before passing May 1984.
Even when he was doubted by others, Michael was more than ready to rectify any inconsistencies. On July 5, 1984
Michael received a letter from a 11-year old fan, Ladonna Jones, accusing Michael of being "selfish and just out for
money". Michael, thereafter, held a press conference to inform the public of changes in the tour ticket's organization, and
announced that all of his proceeds, $5 million, would be distributed to three different charities: T.J. Martell Foundation for
Lukemia and Cancer Research, The United Negro College Fund and Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times.
Michael was on a mission to save the world, one piece at a time. In 1985, he gathered together over thirty stars for "We
Are the World". The charity, USA for Africa, received over $63 million for humanitarian aid for the US and Africa.
Worldwide, he has left his mark, and earned a great deal of love, respect and admiration. In 1992, Michael
visited the land of his ancestors to be part in a ceremony that took place under a sacred tree in the gold mining village of
Krindjabo. They crowned him with a gold crown and announced him as "King of Sani".
He couldn't help but to be involved. On May 5, 1993, Michael and President Jimmy Carter, were chairmen on the Heal
Our Children/Heal the World. They promoted their "Atlanta Project Immunization Drive. His persistence in using his stardom
in every way possible is not unrecognized. Between 1984-2009, Michael has received an outstanding amount of awards, this
includes many Guinness World Book of Records, one being, "Pop star who supports the most charity organizations, over 38
charities. Michael was very talented, giving and loving. His legacy will live on forever! A true modern Hero!