I was a huge fan of Joe's music long before we became friends. Over the last five years, I have not only witnessed Joe's amazing musical talent but his unwavering dedication to help those in need. Despite passing up paid opportunities to play music due to severe pain, I have never seen Joe decline the opportunity to play a benefit or fundraiser supporting local charities.
In the last 6 months, I have seen Joe's health steadily decline while fighting a silent battle. In March Joe was the victim of a hit and run accident. He was ejected from the vehicle and suffered numerous injuries which included three broken ribs, a cracked sternum, bruised organs, and a severe concussion. On top of that, Joe has a progressively debilitating condition in both of his hands called Dupuytren's Contracture. This painful hand condition, has and will, steadily restrict Joe's ability to do what he does best, play guitar. This is the hard truth; the compiling events in Joe's life have dramatically affected his ability to continue to share the songs that have touched all of our hearts . Our friend and brother has hit rock bottom physically, emotionally, and financially. Over the last six months Joe has had to slowly pawn off all his musical equipment to cover medical costs and to supplement the inability to make a living as a performing musician.
All donations raised will be allocated towards two separate surgeries for Joe's hands. Any additional funds will be directed towards overdue medical bills and paying the note on his musical equipment. If the donations raised exceed the listed amount, funding will go towards producing a new album.
I would also like to emphasize how opposed Joe was to asking for outside help. However, I know that without asking for support from the people that know him and love him, that the challenges he currently faces will be insurmountable without your help.
Generous donors will be updated on Joe’s progress, as well as how all funds were directed.
Musical Equipment $3,000
WITH LOVE AND GRATITUDE,
- paul sidener
- Michael Leone
- Jeff Bock
- Bob Haddad
- Tammy LeMelle
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