Brad's Battle to Rock Again

As many of my close friends, family and fellow musicians know I made the move to the Gold Coast at the beginning of January 2021 after being evicted from my unit and losing all my regular gigs in 2020 due to Covid lockdowns. I moved to Queensland to be closer to my father and family.

After suffering lingering symptoms similar to food poisoning that developed in April 2021, I consulted several GP’s who could not diagnose any ailments prominent or relating to something as serious as Pancreatic Cancer. I had numerous CT scans and ultrasounds throughout the year to no avail.

In early November 2021 I had an endoscopy and biopsy revealing a malignant tumour 2cm by 3cm on the neck of my pancreas. With numerous delays for treatment in the public sector of the Queensland medical service I was advised to return to Sydney for immediate treatment from an expert surgeon and oncologists who designed a chemo treatment program. 

Chemo was delayed in Sydney due to underlying ailments such as a blocked bile duct in my liver and a blood clot in my portal vein. The pain and nausea sometimes threw me into a state of despair.  I went into St Vincents Hospital and had three general anaesthetic operations three days in a row followed by three local anaesthetic operations, nine procedures in twelve days, a liver drainage bag, a metal stent put in my liver over Christmas, then four more trips to hospital extracting 11 litres of fluid, a further 5.5 litres then 13 litres. This is an ongoing process to get my liver functioning normally again.

These issues caused me to drop in weight from 85.5 kg when I was healthy to 55.5kg making it a loss of 30kg in less than four months.
Never have I felt such a different pain, nausea and heartbreak as I am experiencing during this chapter of my life.

I am not the type of person who seeks or asks for financial assistance being the type of musician who would work 6 to 8 gigs a week year upon year. I consider myself fiercely independent however losing my capacity to work is now rendering me financially struggling which is why I’m taking friends’ advice to help raise money for my medical expenses and accept a benefit concert to help me out. 

I feel I’m a staunch fighter and I don’t feel like I’m ready to die just yet however I do get into moments of despair due to changes in my body from all the procedures. 

I would really appreciate any financial help for the following:

1. Travel care to Sydney 
2. Whipple Procedure and other treatments from Dr Haghighi in Prince Of Wales 
3. HomeCare nursing twice weekly 
4. Medication not covered by Medicare
5. Transport to and from Surgery 
6. Accommodation whilst in Sydney 

Please save the day by attending my fundraiser “Brad’s Bravest Battle” to rock again on Sunday April 10th 2022 at North Sydney Leagues Club auditorium from 1pm until 6:30pm. You will be thoroughly entertained by some of Australia’s big name performers as well as other activities going on throughout the day. Please come along and help me rock again!

Thank you for your love and support.

Brad Johns

Tickets for “Brad’s Bravest Battle” to rock again on Sunday April 10th 2022 at North Sydney Leagues Club  below at: 


Brad Johns
Helensvale QLD

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