Musician Austin Carlile lost his mom during his junior year of high school. It was a sudden and unexpected loss that left him ravaged by grief and anger. A few years later, music came into Austin’s life and he gave himself fully to the pursuit of it – starting a band, Of Mice and Men, writing songs, recording a record, and going on tour.
“I saw [music] as my new God…I could yell into a mic and get all of that rage and that hate out.”
The doctors that treated Austin’s mom discovered that her death was the result of a rare genetic condition called Marfan Syndrome which affects the body’s connective tissue, and can cause a variety of painful and serious complications. A DNA test revealed that Austin has the same condition.