Dan Bern is one of the great singer/songwriters of the past 25 years. His songs have affected so many people from so many countries around the world, and his achievements in music speak for themselves. His work in film, television and on record have recieved praise and awards since the early 1990s.
Dan has been a friend, a mentor, and a hero of mine since I was 17. The first time I heard his music my life changed. We exchanged emails, talked about our love of tennis and music and became pen pals. Three years later, he took me on tour with him to open 10 shows for him in the USA when I was 20 years old and had no experience past a few shows in Edmonton and a EP. He believed in me. It was one of the greatest experiences of my life. We have been close friends for almost 20 years, played dozens of shows and festivals together across Canada and the USA and he is truly one of the greatest people I've ever known.
Earlier today, Dan was involved in an accident with a snowblower that result in him losing the tips of his fingers of his left hand. Obviously, Dan's career and livelihood depends on having his hands for his guitar, his paintings and raising his daughter, Lulu.
If this incident happened here in Canada, his surgery would be handled finacially and it would not have to come at the expense of his family and it would not bury him in debt. However, since the accident happened in New York state, and he does not have health insurance coverage for this type of accident, he has to pay 100% of the funds.
We won't know the extent of the surgery until tomorrow, nor the price tag that will be attached to something like this.
For anyone who has ever worn out their copies of his self-titled debut, or played their teenage friends "Tiger Woods" to shock them, marveled at the power of "God Said No", or have used "Kid's Prayer" to help them greive a school shooting, Dan has been there for us. The legendary 3 hour shows for a $15 ticket. The countless hours he's spent on the roads playing across the world for us. Now it's time for us to be there for him.
Anyone who donates $5000 will get a personally painted portrait from Dan when he heals, and any donation above $10,000 will get you a house concert anywhere in North America in 2018 when Dan is healed and back to doing what he does best... But even $50 will help more than you know.
If any donor wants to send me their well-wishes, I will forward them to Dan as they come in.
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