It was announced today that Johnny Venus, drummer for the rock band Greek Fire, was admitted to a hospital last week and diagnosed with Leukemia.
In one of several statements released by the band they informed the world of this heartbreaking news:
“A week or so ago Greek Fire and Story of the Year returned from our tour in Japan. Johnny wasn’t feeling normal. Hesitant to see a doctor due to having no insurance he attributed what he was experiencing to jetlag. After a few days with no change and some loving encouragement he went for a blood test. Within hours he was admitted to the hospital with alarming results. After multiple agonizing days and dozens of tests the doctors informed him that he had Leukemia.
This has jarred perspective in a way we couldn’t have imagined otherwise. This is truly a man that deserves the world. He’s dealt with a lot of ups and downs this week as you can imagine. Johnny is in for one hell of a battle, perhaps the battle of his life, but he is a fighter. He is going to face this thing head on, one day at a time, with every ounce of strength he has. He is going to make it through this.
This is a terrible disease where the minds of the patient and everyone that loves them feels helpless. He is staying strong and fighting it with brilliant positive energy. All of us around him are doing everything we can to help out with day to day things and keeping family, friends and fans updated on how he’s doing.
Johnny is at a fantastic hospital under great care and surrounded by people that love him. All things considered, Johnny is supremely lucky to have access to the proper care and treatment this country has to offer. However, like millions of Americans, (and like most aspiring artists and musicians) he does not currently have health insurance. Needless to say, this is a major issue. We are in communication with different organizations that can really make a difference with Johnny’s situation. We are also in the process of setting up an outlet for donations as well as discussing viable fundraising options. As soon as we have concrete plans, it goes without saying that we will let everyone know how they can help Johnny fight this battle.
Anyone that knows Johnny can tell you that he is a top notch human being. He would do anything for any one of his friends and family without hesitation or thought of himself. He is our brother. He is our band-mate. We are going to do everything possible to help him through this. He has so much to look forward to and so much to live for.”
As my friends and those who read my column on a regular basis can attest, I have raved about Greek Fire for the past year as I truly believe they are going to be one of the biggest bands in the world (I still can’t believe they have yet to be signed to a major label deal). Johnny Venus is an extraordinary drummer who fills the air like few who came before him have been able to do. Most of all he is a fantastic human being and one of the nicest guys I have ever had the pleasure of meeting.
Since he has no insurance the cost of this heavy battle will rest squarely on his shoulders. This will be no easy or cheap battle, either. The only way he will be able to pay for the quality care he needs to beat this terrible disease will be through donations from fans, friends, or simply caring people who have had someone they know and care about struggle with Cancer.
While fundraising efforts and projects are in the works, those who wish to personally help his fight can donate directly to a PayPal account the band has set up to collect donations here.
Much more information will be coming out about his progress, and news, and any fundraising efforts. You can follow his progress and send him personal messages through his Twitter account, his Facebook account, as well as the bands’ Facebook and Twitter accounts, and Johnny’s Tumblr.
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