My first friend in the music industry passed away earlier this year. His name was Rick Alvey. He was a saxophonist and the owner of Mechanicsville Music. I bought my first guitar from Rick, which came with all kinds of accessories and the intel I'd need to start playing gigs. His shop provided instruments and lessons for thousands of kids. It was a clubhouse. A refuge. He was a constant friend.
Rick battled cancer for a long time. He tried myriad treatments but they only seemed to steal his joy or make him sicker. What's it gonna take to finally erase this epidemic?
I've joined Padres Pedal the Cause, a fundraising challenge, attempting to raise $3 million in the fight against cancer.
I wish we had a free healthcare system that cared for everyone, from cancer treatment to mental illness, but we don't, so we have to unite, put our heads together, and ride in the optimists' direction.
Padres Pedal provides funding for research teams at Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health, The Salk Institute for Biological Studies, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, and Rady Children's Hospital San Diego.
Join me in this journey and consider making a donation, of any size. 100% of your tax-deductible donation will go directly to fund cancer research in San Diego.
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For Rick, Aunt Sharon, Aunt Doe, Aunt Arnette, Uncle Gerald, Jenn Carlisle, and Charlie.