Ted Nugent plays instrumental part in granting wish for local man

By Marshanna Hester

June 12, 2012 Updated Jun 12, 2012 at 10:48 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Musician Ted Nugent rocked and rolled at the Civic Center Tuesday night.

Thousands flocked to see his show, but there was one special fan in the audience.

Michael Golder, 55, was granted a wish through the non-profit organization Hospice Dreams.

Nugent gave Michael tickets to the show and backstage passes.

Michael is blind, but his brother Stephen Kuhnke says music has always been a part of Michael's life.

He's thankful is brother was given this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

"I never knew Michael would get something like this or be apart of it, " said Kuhnke. "What a great organization. It's wonderful. I'm indebted to everybody that takes care of him."

"I spend a lot of time with little children that are going through terminal illnesses when they're five and six years old, " Nugent said. "So when a guy that's had a long run like Michael comes along, I like to meet with him and kind of sponge off his energy and their courage."

During their visit, Nugent gave Michael pair of guitar picks. Michael also got to meet Nugent's drummer and his dog, Thunder.

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