Friends of Kenny Capps are rallying around to support him in a difficult time. Capps, who was raised in Black Mountain, is the owner of the local Kudzu Printing Company, and the father of three. He is preparing for a bone marrow transplant in August, part of an effort to treat multiple myeloma, the aggressive form of bone marrow cancer with which he was diagnosed earlier this year.
This site was started by David LaMotte, a singer, songwriter and author who is also lives in Black Mountain, NC. LaMotte and Capps have known each other for 25 years, first meeting while they were working summer jobs in Montreat during their college years. “Kenny is a good friend and good man,” said LaMotte. “When someone I love comes up against something as difficult as this, I want to help, but it’s often hard to know what to do. We are so grateful to have a chance to do something that will be both tangibly helpful and fun, and to give the community an avenue to support Kenny as well.”
The money raised from the event will go to help pay medical bills and to help with expenses while Capps is being treated at Emory, in Atlanta, and his wife, Murphy Capps, owner of Kudzu Branding Co. and founder of the local Front Porch Theatre, remains in Black Mountain to care for the couple's young children and their two businesses. "We have been blown away by all the love and support heaped on us since Kenny's diagnosis in February," says Murphy Capps. "This has definitely been a very scary time for our family". Multiple Myeloma is an incurable type of cancer with an average 3-5 year survival rate. "But, because of advancements in medicine and amazing friends and family, we know we've got this thing beat. Kenny and I look forward to many, many happy years together, raising our family, running our businesses, and loving our friends, right here in Black Mountain. This is what life's all about. Loving and supporting each other. We are all in this together."
- Deborah Anders
- Tom and Scottie Cannon
- Jay Ferro