The 63-year-old guitarist of the British post-punk band received his diagnosis on June 8, 2021, according to the fundraiser, and the cancer had spread to his lymph nodes which has since complicated treatment.
"Surgery is not an option. He has just begun what will be an indefinite series of treatments involving radiation, hormone therapies, and possibly access to clinical trials through Sloan Kettering in New York City," read the lengthy message. "Healing requires not only what takes place physically, but just as important, if not more so, a mental and emotional state that is calm, focused, and free of stress.... I want to see my friends free of those fears and worries. Most of all, I want to see my friend John embarking on his mission to regain his health and well-being with all of the physical, mental, and emotion ammunition he can muster, and all fear of potential worldly ruin laid to rest."