Birmingham, Alabama’s Mike Vest has a message to share: there is always hope.

From a young age Mike learned that life can be tough but it’s not about what life throws at you, it’s about how you react. He came from a broken home, watched people he loved suffer from addiction and abuse. But through it all, Mike has always looked for the silver lining and relied on his faith to get him through. His story is an unbelievable one. From childhood struggles to athlete to professional country music artist in Nashville to community activist, Mike has always found a way to overcome. He says all of his success is was made possible because his community believed in him.

In his latest struggle, Mike found himself on the brink of death, face down on a trail in the woods alone. After a truly amazing journey of rescue and healing, he’s back on his feet and ready to share his story of hope with the world.