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Message started by solodka on May 26th, 2009 at 11:00pm

Title: Aaron Wells Fund Raiser (Rock and a Hard Place)
Post by solodka on May 26th, 2009 at 11:00pm
Aaron Wells, director/producer of Rock and a Hard Place  was diagnosed with advanced, Stage 3 throat cancer. Since he does NOT have medical insurance and is in need of "life-saving" treatments, we will be hosting a benefit concert, along with other fund raising events. I will be spearheading this (at least initially), and ask that you contact me directly if you'd like to volunteer, can bring in donations for a raffle, play at the concert (which may be a jam versus individual bands) or participate in some way. For now, wait to contact Aaron, as he's dealing with a lot at the moment, as I'm should you can imagine. I don't have dates, venues, or other information just yet, but am going to move at lightning speed over the next few days and weeks to get this thing going.  This is a collective and will benefit a truly good human being that doesn't deserve the hand he has been dealt. Also, over the next few days, we will be providing a link where donations can be made online with a check, credit or debit card. I'll send more on that as soon as the account is up and running. In the meantime, you can make a tax-deductible donation through the Aaron Wells Assistance Fund at any Wachovia Bank. Please forward this email!!!!!!!!!!!!

Here's what Aaron wrote on Facebook last week. It truly says it ALL and once again demonstrates what an unselfish person he is!

Where to begin... a month ago I went to see my ENT with a mild sore throat and swollen tonsil. A week later I learned I have stage 3 cancer in my tonsil. The good news: it's highly curable. The bad news: it's cancer, and my insurance doesn't cover chemo or radiation. Further, I have just enough assets to keep me from qualifying for financial assistance... but not enough to cover the insanely expensive cost of treatment ("financially devastating" were the terms used by my ENT). What to do...? First I read anything and everything on the net regarding my condition. Prognosis. Side effects. Cost. Not sure this was a good idea... At this point Crawling under the bed and hiding was tempting... Very tempting. Instead I decided to grab my camera and dive in head first, documenting my journey every step of the way, the good, the bad, and the really ugly. Hopefully sharing my experiences will help someone else that finds themselves in this unfortunate situation; and maybe they will help bring awareness and change to our health care system. Maybe both - now that would be very cool. As my sister Leah observed, "The real disease isn't in your body, the real disease is in our country." Rest assured, I will beat this, with the "REC" light on.

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