Thomas Fekete, guitarist for Florida indie rockers Surfer Blood, revealed today via GoFundMe that he is battling a rare form of cancer. Fekete is searching for donations to cover $76,000 in treatment costs.
Several months ago, a tumor was removed the guitarist’s abdomen, though the cancer later spread to his lungs and spine.
“Because my cancer is so rare, there is very little research on it (cancer treatment is a business after all), so going to a typical doctor and getting loaded with all types of drugs would probably kill me,” Fekete writes on his GoFundMe page. “However, I found a doctor who is on the cutting edge of cancer treatments, and we have assembled a team of brilliant doctors who all seem to be extremely confident in an alternative treatment plan, to complement the chemotherapy.”
However, Fekete says his insurance is only picking up a portion of the treatment. He continues:
“Any bit of help would be massive for me, as I’m no longer able to tour and make a living, and my wonderful wife/best friend whom I just married in November will now be leaving work to help me throughout my treatment. If you can’t help, no worries whatsoever, all I ask is that you spread the word.”
Surfer Blood added on its official Facebook page:
“Thomas has been playing guitar in Surfer Blood for nearly 6 years, but since December has been sidelined by treatment for cancer. We miss him everyday on the road but we know he is incredibly strong and we have faith in him, and in his doctors.”
Update: As the GoFundMe campaign approaches its goal, Fekete shared the following update via Facebook on April 21: