Local bands support cancer patient/musician in fund-raiser Mother’s Day

Local bands support cancer patient/musician in fund-raiser Mother’s Day

By Molly Fleming, Staff Writer

On May 10, not only will Rockford celebrate Mother’s Day—a day of appreciation for the gift of birth and nurturing that all mothers bestow—but another event will coincide with the same theme of care and support. Doug Furze, local musician (Boulas, the Blunatics, and other groups) will be hosting a fund raiser to benefit Rick Lakin, 47, a well-known figure in the music community who suffers from throat cancer.

Lakin might be familiar to some through his work at the old RAM Magazine back in the day. He has also played and worked with many musicians in the area like Bun E. Carlos, Pistol Pete, The Blunatics and The Missing Links. He is known as being a great drummer and a friend to many. Because of his lack of insurance, high medical costs for his treatment and living expenses without a job, an array of eight bands have come together under the direction of Furze to throw a fund-raiser to help the man to be held at the Lyran Hall on Sunday.

Agent Zero, Harmony Riley, The Snaggs, Skeleton Key, The Points, Pistol Pete, One Little Sin and Ernie & The Po’ Boys have all donated their time to help Lakin. Some of them are personal friends, some barely know him but understand the severity of his condition and are generous enough to support him. “People in the bands have been super great…” said Furze. “Especially the support of Harmony Riley.”

Because Lakin is now undergoing specific treatments for his cancer, he is consuming expensive liquid dietary supplements, and hopefully the money raised at this event will help ease the costs in that area. There will be a raffle at the benefit that includes gift certificates donated by Octane, Lino’s, Curly’s, Cannova’s, Café Patou, music stores, flower stores and more. If you don’t know Lakin and aren’t interested in the cause, at least show your support for the local bands. Furze has arranged a great line-up of musicians for this benefit, and the entire event truly displays the generosity, support and love toward musicians in our community. Furze hopes to raise at least $5,000.

The event runs all day from noon to midnight, and the donation cost starts at $7. Tickets are available at Minglewood, The CD Source and Guzzardo’s Music. The Lyran Hall is located at 114 4th St. For more information, call Furze at 399-9067, and find out other ways to help if you can’t make the benefit.

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