JOE VS. THE VOLCHEMO

$57,075 of $60k goal

Raised by 539 people in 21 months
Brette Howard
on behalf of Joe Skyward
 SAN FRANCISCO, CA

Hello friends/family and those out there who may become part of our life. 

Last spring my Father Joe Skyward was diagnosed with prostate cancer. It had metastasized and spread to his skeletal and lymphatic systems by the time he had shown any symptoms or had any idea he was even sick. He is 56. 
He has been treated in LA at the Norris Cancer Center by the amazing Dr. Jacek Pinksi  and his team with two different rounds of a hormone treatment over this past year. As a family we have all embraced and supported him on a massive dietary shift into juicing, raw/vegan and a supplemented healthier lifestyle. 
The first round of hormone was a trail drug and actually dropped his PSA level of 141 to below 1 (an average PSA level is around 4) but this did not hold. The second round did similar but as his PSA level was unable to hold. With the unstable PSA levels, combined with a recent flare up of the cancer in both the bones and lymphatic system, he was offered Chemotherapy as the third but not last line of defense. We have made this decision as a family and are ready for the fight. 

For those of you who know my dad, you'll know how hard this has been for us. But let me remind you who we are dealing with. JOE F’in BASS! If you thought he was a spazz about Cleveland Sports just think about how manic and progressive with his treatment he has been. 
For those of you who don't know my dad Ill give you a little insight. 

My father is a musician and one of the hardest working bartenders  you'll ever meet. He and my mother raised me and my younger brother, JAXIN SKYWARD , in Seattle, Wa during the 90’s. Our father was a staple in the pacific northwest music scene. He played bass for SKY CRIES MARY , THE POSIES and THE WALKABOUTS  and SUNNY DAY REAL ESTATE . Also, recording his first solo album SKYWARD  (which I had the honor of singing on). Over the past 20 years our father has recorded and toured the globe with over 50 different artists. Music is his life blood.
As a Bartender/Assistant Manager at The Short Stop  in Los Angeles for the past 13 years our father has helped create the Echo Park bar scene. His outgoing personality, charm and wit have made him one of the best meat and potato bartenders of all time. He’s supported his fellow coworkers at the drop off a hat and has made people from all over return to see him for a memorable happy hour or pre Dodger game PBR!
Over the past ten years he has worked almost every day to buy a piece of land in Costa Rica where he has built a humble Tico style home to retreat during the off season of baseball (as that is when The Short Stop is the most busy). We are proud to call his oasis #JostaRica. It is a modest and beautiful homage to his life’s hard work. Joe is a working musician, dedicated service industry employee and beloved Father. 
The three other main centers of our fathers world are his family, Cleveland sports (Im talking beyond fanatical), the band YES.
In 2012 he became a Grandpa when I gave birth to Simonne Alden his first grandbaby. She’s his everything and their incredible bond is truly magic to behold. In December of 2014 he and long loved Chris Pellegrino were married and we welcomed Grandma Chris with open hearts and arms into our family.
He has shown us all how to be ourselves by being himself. Stand for what we believe in by always listening to our inner rhythm. Fight for the life you want to live and do it with style.
Now that I have given you some idea of where he is, I’ll let you know were he needs to be. Chemo is a rough ride and even though our dad can hold his own in any ring we are ready to ask for help. His cancer is aggressive and he needs all the energy possible for his body and other organs to continue to be strong. We are looking to raise $45,000 or more. Funds to keep him home/not working while he continues his next 10 rounds of chemo, pay for treatment and to alleviate his everyday stresses about money (rent,bills,groceries etc.). Like so many other hard working musicians and service industry professionals he has no real means set aside for this type of endeavor. The truth is neither do any of us in the immediate family. We are all struggling as middle class people just above the poverty line like millions across our country and this fiscally divided world. 
He is relatable, like you and me and maybe your brother/sister or best friend. This is a way for us to support him as he has supported/created and fed energy into so many vast communities of people.
We are not asking for much. Anything will help and everything is help. Even reposting this campaign through your social media outlets could reach people who may have the means to help. Please help us spread the word about his fight. #joevsthevolchemo 

If anyone has substantial donations and would like to give it as a tax right off. Please contact me directly as I have made arrangements through KEEP A BREAST (a cancer awareness non-profit) to handle these types of transactions. 

The Joe vs.The Volchemo image, by the amazing Amanda Fox, is being made into a shirt/poster to be sold at a benefit I am putting together August 8th to be held at The Short Stop, in Los Angeles.  Anyone interested in buying one can contact me directly for sale. Anyone interested in donating art, product, gift cerftificates (business owners in LA area), etc. please email me at joevsthevolchemo@gmail.com . Everyone donating will receive a sticker so please include a current mailing address when donating. 

We are Present. We are Positive. We are Skyward.  Thank you for reading and feeling. PMA. 
-BRETTE HOWARD & FAMILY
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Update 17
Posted by Brette Howard
12 months ago
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It is with an open and heavy heart we share the news that our Father, Brother, Son, Husband, and Friend Joseph Skyward has ended his fight with cancer and is now at peace.
On Saturday 3/26/2016 at 12:30PM at USC Norris Cancer Center, surrounded by his family, Joe Bass kicked off the long Joe’n Away tour.

After a rough week at home he was admitted to the hospital Friday. His health rapidly deteriorated and on Saturday morning, we said our final goodbyes. He was in no pain and surrounded by a warm and calm environment with YES playing in the background.

We appreciate all the love and support from everyone throughout his battle. There will be a memorial in LA and Seattle in the next few weeks with more details to come. As the family begins to process our massive loss, please respect our space as we do our best to regroup. Please feel free to repost this to help us inform the community.

Joe is great, Joe is good, let us thank him for everything. Infinite love and power, he lives on in us all. Forever Skyward. PEACE. LOVE. MUSIC.

Soon, oh soon the light
Pass within and soothe this endless night
And wait here for you
Our reason to be here

Soon, oh soon the time
All we move to gain will reach and calm
Our heart is open
Our reason to be here

Long ago, set into rhyme

Soon, oh soon the light
Ours to shape for all time, ours the right
The sun will lead us
Our reason to be here

Soon, oh soon the light
Ours to shape for all time, ours the right
The sun will lead us
Our reason to be here

-YES | Soon
Joseph Skyward REST IN JOSTA
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Update 16
Posted by Brette Howard
15 months ago
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Hello all!!! Yesterday Papa Bajo began the first of his last three days of chemo! Hopefully for three months if all goes as planned. I just wanted to personally thank everyone of you for your energy and spirt these last 6 months. The financial support my father has been gifted is still making me catch my breath and well-up with tears. The heart and soul support is priceless. You have helped us dig down and find the power and strength to believe. We will be ending our go fund me campign this Sunday Dec 6th so if you feel the call to share it again before then we would much appreciate it. LOVE TO YOU AND YOURS.
PEACE, LOVE, Music. OM Shanti Aloha.
BAJO ROCKIN YES chemo 12/1
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Update 15
Posted by Brette Howard
16 months ago
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Gratitude to everyone of you who spread word of my fathers fight this last year, to those of you who donated and everyone who I have hugged, cried and laughed with. May your holiday season be full of love and light. xoxoxo -Brette
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Update 14
Posted by Brette Howard
16 months ago
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The last few weeks have been
BIG WEEKS>>>>>>>>For those of you not updated by my fathers Facebook post I wanted to share our>>>>>GREAT NEWS WEEK!!!!
I also wanted to thank everyone who came out to our Sky Cries Mary show in Seattle two weeks ago. The love and energy shared by all have helped more than we could have ever imagined. xoxoxoxoxo We will be running our campaign through next Sunday 11/15.

My doctor, Dr. Jacik Pinski (seen in photos!) greeted me today with very very very good news.......the cancer that was microscopically in my lungs is completely gone......the tumors in my liver have shrank to more than half their previous size........ and the cancer that is in my bones is in remission as well!!! The new chemo he switched me to approx three months ago is doing it's job. i'm far from out of the woods, as cancer can turn on a dime....changing it's course making previous drugs and plans all for not....but for now it's looking real good........ chances of me ever being NDT (no detectable trace) are not very good, and it looks like a cancer managed life for me. i like to use the analogy of i'll have to maintain my cancer buddy like "mowing the lawn" going into chemo once, poss twice a year to MOW THE LAWN....or knock the cancer back down!! i am in chemo this week......then one last session (for now) before i get a 3-4 month break from the chemo to let my body recover as much as possible. and during that time frame (jan-feb-march) i will go to josta rica and do a three month intensive CBD program, and while there seeking out medical sitautions and connections/clinics that will allow Chris, my wife, and i to go to CR for all/most of 2017........as that's the plan as of now! Well that's the scoop of my scene for time being......want to thank EVERYONE who has donated....whether it was $$ or words of comfort and positivity, or being a "chemo buddy"......i cannot thank everyone enough, that's for sure. well i have 5 hours of chemo right now....putting on some headphones, putting on some YES and counting my blessings, friends and family members!!!
PEACE LOVE AND MUSIC. SKYPELALDWARD CLAN
Joe Bass | 2015 photo Roxie Jane Hunt
BASS AND PINSKI | 2015
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$57,075 of $60k goal

Raised by 539 people in 21 months
Created June 26, 2015
Brette Howard  
on behalf of Joe Skyward
JF
$100
Jack Ferraioli
12 months ago

R.I.P. Joe. To Brette and family, we never met, I knew Joe from Altoona back in the 70's. So sorry for your loss, what a kind soul and free spirit he was...Jack

TZ
$50
Tim Zohn
12 months ago
NM
$50
Nick Macri
12 months ago

Wishing you and your family peace and strength, Joe. Get well soon my fellow 4 stringed friend! I miss you!

$100
Anonymous
13 months ago
MH
$75
Morgan Howland
13 months ago
BS
$10
Bryce S.
13 months ago

Here's a little to ease your day.

CK
$50
Chet Kane
14 months ago

Joe: Not sure we have ever met. I played bass with Gary Heffern in Seattle for about 3-4 years starting in 1986. I met the Walkabouts in 1985. We played with them alot, usually opening for them here and there for 3 years. I stopped playing with Gary around 1989, but recorded with him on a few songs over the years. I had a record with Glitterhouse in 1994 along with Terry Lee Hale, Gary, Larry Barrett, and a few others. I hope you are well and we may meet someday. Chet Kane

MR
$25
Marko Ruzic
14 months ago
MS
$50
Michael Shuler
14 months ago
$20
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15 months ago
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