Help Ian Lamson Beat Cancer


Music stands by your side through thick and thin. Yet, a musician’s life is never an easy one. For full-time musicians, it’s kind of a blessing and a curse. A blessing because you are the instrument bringing joy, conjuring memories, playing songs people can dance to, and helping people through hard times. Music can be the light in a dark room. The difficulties are usually little pay, late nights, lugging gear, driving hundreds of miles to play for a roomful of people. Ian was born a musician, he never wanted to do anything else. Ian knew music was his calling from a young age. He’s been fortunate enough to play with the best of the best throughout his career thus far. Well aware of the sacrifices, this was the path for him. Ian has definitely paid his dues, and if you have ever been lucky enough to have his guitar playing bestowed in your ears … you know just what I’m talking about. 

Now, like music, we need to be the light in Ian’s dark room. In August 2018, our dear friend Ian Lamson was diagnosed with Stage 3 Cancer after discovering a malignant tumor. The cost of necessary medications, nutrition, and integrative therapies are not covered by his insurance. Additionally, Ian is required to find a new residence and must stay in Alameda County for his insurance coverage. Finding suitable housing and financial support is our goal. 100% of Ian’s energy needs to be focused on healing.

The Bay Area music scene is filled with wonderful caring people. We often say we are one big family. Our brother Ian is in a fight for his life and needs our help.

It is his full intention and our greatest wish that he is able to get back to doing what he loves—playing the guitar and making great music. With the support of his family, friends, and our musical community we can do this! It’s our chance to give something back to this very special man who has given us so much over the years.

Please join in helping out with any support you can give. PLEASE SHARE THIS ON YOUR PAGE. No gift is too small, even if it is just a prayer or well wishes. Thank you for taking the time to read this.

Please donate here to support Ian in his fight. 

Ian Lamson (electric, acoustic, & slide guitar) has been a professional musician since 1995. He has mastered styles in Blues, Funk, R&B, Zydeco, Rock, Country, and Americana. Ian performed with Elvin Bishop for 10 years, Charlie Musselwhite, Pinetop Perkins, George Thorogood, Steve Miller, Robben Ford, Chris Cain, Sista Monica, Zydeco Flames, Andre Thierry, Angela Strehli, Paula Harris, Natasha James, The Lucky Losers, Ed Earley, Terry & The Pirates, BeaufunK, and many more.
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Fundraising team: Ian'z All Starz (3)

Denise McNair 
Raised $3,420 from 34 donations
Castro Valley, CA
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