Surfer Blood's Thomas Fekete Has Cancer
Thu, 23 Apr 2015 14:53:10
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Find out how you can help this West Palm Beach guitarist.
Thomas Fekete from Surfer Blood has cancer. Oh no! He is so young! But guess what?! You can help him!
Support Thomas From Surfer Blood's GoFundMe page.
The band posted this: "Thomas has been playing guitar in Surfer Blood for nearly 6 years, but since December has been sidelined by treatment for cancer. We miss him everyday on the road but we know he is incredibly strong and we have faith in him, and in his doctors. We hope you can help with a donation of any size, and help spread the word by sharing on social media. Thank you so much for the support!"
Here is Fekete's initial post:
"Hey all, A few months back I had a major surgery to remove a large tumor from my abdomen. I was diagnosed with a very rare and aggressive cancer (a sarcoma), which unfortunately has moved. A few days ago, my doctors informed me that it had spread to my lungs and my spine.
"The lesion on my lower spine will be treated with radiation, and I’ll also start chemotherapy this week. Because my cancer is so rare, there is very little research on it (cancer treatment is a business after all), so going to a typical doctor and getting loaded with all types of drugs would probably kill me. However, I found a doctor who is on the cutting edge of cancer treatments, and we have assembled a team of brilliant doctors who all seem to be extremely confident in an alternative treatment plan, to complement the chemotherapy. Because these doctors are doing things a bit differently, insurance will only cover a portion of my treatment. I never in my life thought that I would be asking for money publicly, but the universe works in funny ways.
"Any bit of help would be massive for me, as I'm no longer able to tour and make a living, and my wonderful wife/best friend whom I just married in November will now be leaving work to help me throughout my treatment. If you can't help, no worries whatsoever, all I ask is that you spread the word. Any extra funds collected when this is all said and done will be donated to further my doctor's alternative cancer research. I not only feel great, but I am in great spirits, and I know this will soon be over like a bad dream. Please take care of yourselves, enjoy every single day. Life is beautiful. Love and light always. Thom."
And here is his follow up post, after the announcement and the GoFundMe launch.
"Another curve ball, what was meant to be a one-hour surgery turned out to be five. Treatments pushed back a week while I'm in the hospital recovering. Language will fail me if I even try to explain how thankful I am for every single one of you. I can physically feel the tremendous amounts of love and I am so grateful. No matter what life throws at you, nothing can get in the way of love."
While you're here, check out this new track, "Island," from Surfer Blood's upcoming album 1000 Palms.
Visit Thomas from Surfer Blood's GoFundMe page. Surfer Blood's new album, '1000 Palms' is due out in May, 2015.