Henry Butler Cancer Treatment
Henry Butler, the renowned New Orleans pianist and singer, has recently been diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer. Henry is blind and lives mostly in New York City,
We are trying to raise a minimum 35K as quickly as possible to send him to Germany for special care where he can receive hyperthermia treatment from a renown doctor and have the around-the-clock supervised medical care he needs. The money will also be used to get him the extra help he will need for the duration of treatment and recovery.
The doctor feels optimistic that he can eliminate Henry's cancer using mainly thermotherapy, a treatment in which body tissue is exposed to high temperatures (up to 113°F). Research has shown that high temperatures can damage and kill cancer cells, usually with minimal injury to normal tissues. This may also be used in conjunction with more traditional radiation and chemotherapy. You can read about thermotherapy here:
Having been blinded by glaucoma in infancy, Henry has been playing the piano since he was six years old, and arranging, composing, and performing professionally since he was twelve. He has enjoyed a remarkable career as a premier exponent of the great New Orleans jazz and blues piano tradition. Once you’ve heard what Henry's hands can create on the ivories, there’s no going back. Those hands boogie the keyboard like no one else’s. Throw in a classically trained voice aching through the blues, and you’re someplace you have never been before. And you will want to go back there. Again and again.
Henry is not only a national musical treasure, but a wise and spiritual human being. We are hoping that between Henry's fan base and his stature in the music community, we can reach our target of 35K and get him treated by February. Many musicians whom we know are giving $50. If 700 people did just that, he would reach his goal. Perhaps some of you can donate much more. Perhaps some of you can donate less. But anything you can give to help Henry beat this cancer will so deeply appreciated both by Henry, and by the musical communities of New York City, New Orleans, and beyond.
He has many concerts coming up this spring and summer in the US and Europe and he is committed and hoping to continue performing for his fans old and new.
Almost 600 of you donated to the cause of aiding my healing process and I am very touched and grateful. This is a new experience for me, having so many people give this kind of support. Within hours, I will leave for Germany to embark upon the treatment process. My doctors and I are confident in achieving success. I ask for your constructive mental support as I tread these healing waters for the next three weeks.
Upon my return to stateside, we will start working on the recording that will be shared with all who donated as my gift to you. For those who have given us your email addresses, we will be contacting you soon.
Again, thank you for your support and i hope to see many of you in the late spring and summer as I travel throughout the country and Europe.
My best to all of you,
Thanks to you we have almost reached our goal of $35,000.00 for Henry's cancer treatment!
This past weekend, while Henry was writing new songs and recording with Steve Hamilton in Milwaukee, WI, your kind donations and our GoFundMe campaign for Henry’s treatment inspired a great idea:
Upon returning and recovering from his treatment in Germany, Henry is going to record a solo piano record for you, as a "Thank You" gift to all of you who have donated to help our friend though this rough time. The studio is going to donate 100% of the studio time and CD production and mailing expenses.
If you would like a copy of this CD when we are finished, please send your contact information and mailing address to: HenryButlerCD@gmail.com
And sometime this summer you will receive a sweet surprise in the mail!
Thank you all so much for your thoughtfulness and generosity, it means so much!
P.S. Please keep Henry in your prayers and share our GoFundMe page your friends so they can donate too and help push us over the goal!
I know some of you have heard that my cancer has returned, and some have not. And so I want to talk a little here to let you know I’m feeling well and strong. The music is flowing. Life continues to be a joy for me. Every day, as it always has, makes me aware of how blessed I am in this circle of sound and humanity, and every day makes me aware of how strong a desire I continue to have to be of more value to the world. This GoFundMe is intended to help get me where I need to be for treatment in a timely manner. I’m grateful for your support and for how you’ve shown up in my life with great ears and genuine love. HB
Henry, we are praying your treatment is a great success! Good luck and safe travels. Keep us all posted on your progress!!! Love, Audrey, Chris and Matthew
Focusing positive energy on Henry Butler as he undergoes cancer treatment. Henry, you have a lot of people pulling for you.
Good luck with your treatment. Look forward to hearing you at Jazz Fest. Love. Barb
Okay, Henry. Com back in Spring and sing of your experiences. We are waiting to hear the good news and the good music. Bobby
Sending you lots of love and healing vibes from NOLA....and David and I loved seeing you at the Jazz Market recently. I'll have gardenias for you when you get back to New Orleans.
Hi. Just wanted to mention that Jazz foundation of America can be very helpful stateside. They are partnered up with Englewood hospital where Dizzy Gillespie was treated and in his name promised to treat musicians in need. The JFA has a website with all the contacts. They help w housing. Food etc etc. bills. Medical care. Likely not in Europe. Good luck❤️