I start wondering of this blog is turning into one about medical conditions, but...Stan Whitaker is a special guitarist, one I genuinely wholly enjoy, and I want to keep people abreast of the ongoing situation with him.
First off, an expansive article on the Baltimore Sun website. I won't paste it here, but follow the link and read.
In musician's illness, help comes from the state
The article mentions the upcoming benefit show, which you should consider attending if you are in the area. Here's some info from bandmate Bill Plummer:
We're coming up on the next benefit for Stanley on November 9th at 2pm in Baltimore, MD at the Timonium Fairgrounds.
Crack The Sky will be headlining. Other bands to play are Oblivion Sun, Hectic Red, members of The Rayvns, Paul Reed Smith and School of Rock led by guitarist Bryan Ewald.
OS rehearsed yesterday and Stanley was able to make the rehearsal for a good bit. He's doing great all things considered and I was pleasantly surprised that he had the energy to make it at all. The radiation treatments are certainly creating a great deal of discomfort for him as well as decreasing his energy. This was to be expected but it didn't show up in his playing. We'll be doing about a 30 minute set.
Thanks in advance to everyone offering their services and making donations. We all look forward to seeing you there.
At least a portion of the ticket price is tax deductible. Go to www.whitakergiftfoundation.com for more details.
Let's help Stan beat this thing.