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Jazz musician and writer Anthony Weller battling PPMS ... fundraising jazz concerts July-Oct. 2015
Since 2002, musician and writer Anthony Weller has been battling Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis and can no longer work as a guitarist. "Friends of Anthony Weller" fundraising efforts have begun in earnest with a series of upcoming concerts.
Weller, who is a long-time Gloucester (MA) resident, has been immobilized for the past 5 years and as he so aptly put it in his recent Wall Street Journal op-ed "Paralyzed From The Neck Down" (4/10/15): "You swiftly become pragmatic." If you have a loyal fan base, as is the case for Weller, your friends and fans will also follow suit!
The quality of life costs ... the inevitable financial burden for most individuals struck with incurable diseases ... are exorbitant. Those living with PPMS are sunk if they lack the personal financial resources to hire care givers and to retrofit their home to include wheelchair access and adaptive technologies. In most cases, it takes an individual's personal village to come up with a financial solution. For Weller, that village consists of a vibrant network of family and friends, many of whom are local artists of various disciplines.
Fundraising efforts have begun in earnest, with the "Friends of Anthony Weller" first establishing an online campaign via www.youcaring.com (http://www.youcaring.com/
Mark your calendars for the following fundraisers:
Jazz Summit:featuring Billy Novick (reeds), Phil Swanson (trombone), Maggie Galloway (vocals), Jon Jarvis (piano), Bob Nieske (bass), David Benjamin (reeds), Jerry Wilfong (bass), and David Landoni (bass). Saturday, July 11, 7:30 pm. Tickets: $25. In advance: http://www.eventbrite.com/
Autumn Cocktail Party : featuring Billy Novick and other musical guests.Wednesday, September 23, 5-8 pm. Tickets available at the door (includes appetizers): $60. Franklin Café Cape Ann, 118 Main St., Gloucester, MA 01930. For reservations and information:
The New Black Eagle Jazz Band. Sunday, October 4, 3 pm. Tickets: $25, Seniors $15, Students $5. Slosberg Recital Hall, Brandeis University, 415 South St., Waltham, MA 02453. Wheelchair accessible. For tickets and information:
Further background information on the multi-talented Anthony Weller can be found at http://www.anthonyweller.com and http://www.writeweller.com. The online fundraising campaign, established by the "Friends of Anthony Weller," can be found specifically at http://www.youcaring.com/
Mary Curtin (on behalf of FOAW)
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