The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it. -Moliere
Highland Park N.J. rapper David Rush first got his mainstream exposure when he was featured on Pitbull’s hit single, “Go Girl.” Now Rush is working on an album of his own called “This Can Be Life” which is set to release at the end of June. Rush says this project will reflect on his life events over the last few years.
In 2007, Rush was diagnosed with the life threatening kidney condition known as Focal Glomerulosclerosis (FGS). Rush received a kidney donation from his brother on Nov. 9, 2010, which Rush claims brought a happier outlook to his life.
“When I say I’m happy to be alive I really mean it,” said Rush over the phone.
In 2011, with the help of DJ Whoo Kid, Rush released a web-series which documented the events that occurred three weeks before his transplant surgery called Rush[ED]. Rush said the series was made to benefit people who are going through similar situations rather than give himself public exposure.
“I don’t want a petty party,” said Rush. “I just want people to realize how precious life really is.”
Doctors told Rush, it would be unlikely for him to have children after his transplant surgery. Soon after the transplant, Rush had two children who were born 11 months apart. Fatherhood give him a new reason to love life.
Although blessed with two children, Rush suffered a tremendous loss when his mother passed away from liver failure on Nov. 18, 2012. He then lost his sister to pancreatic cancer on May 7, 2013.
Even though times have been tough for Rush, he still has an optimistic look on life. He became a spokesman for NXStage Medical, a company that makes home dialysis machines, and started giving motivational speeches around the country to people who suffer from kidney problems.
“I used NXStage’s machine when while I was on tour with Pitbull,” said Rush. “They found my story inspiring and asked me to be their spokesman and I agreed. I even earned the NAACP Community Service Award for my motivational speeches.”
Rush says he would like to thank all of his fans for all the support they have gave him over the years and promises to continue to make great music for them.
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