For the second time this year, the jam industry is rallying around Chris Friday, a Burlington-based music industry figure. Earlier this year, Friday received the devastating news that his 11-year-old son, Iggy, contracted Acute Lymphoid Leukemia. This week, several notable bands and artists once again donated a multitude of unique merchandise for auction. The auction runs from July 7th - 11th 5 PM ET.
For those wishing to donate directly to the cause, a link is included below.
- 1 Bernie Donut Dress From Jon Fishman
- Original Jon Fishman Dress Worn 1998-2011
- Kaoss Pad Used By Trey During the Baker’s Dozen
- (4) GA weekend passes for Suwannee Hulaween
- (2) VIP passes to Hogs for the Cause + a 2 night stay at the Troubador in New Orleans
- (5) pairs of tickets to any show at White Oak music Hall
- Personalized and signed poster from Saving Abel + tickets to any show + a phone call with lead singer, Jared
- Private performance by Soule Monde (Ray and Russ of TAB)
- A Colorado package from STS9 - including 2 tix to each show (7/23-25) plus merch bundle
A STATEMENT FROM CHRIS FRIDAY:
Hey all artists, athletes, management, and patrons. Chris Friday here. You may remember me from such films as, “Backstage At Higher Ground”, or, “That Fat Singer From Touchpants”, or, “The Bald Dude Who Works For Jam Bands”, or……anyway, I’m also the father of Iggy Friday. Iggy is my 11-year-old son. Iggy contracted Acute Lymphoid Leukemia on Feb. 20th. Iggy is one of 5% of leukemia patients who developed the Philadelphia chromosome in his bone marrow, making his fight that much harder. Iggy has been fighting hard this whole time, and has spent the majority of that time in the hospital getting treatment. Iggy will be spending the majority of the summer and into September in the hospital trying to eradicate this from his system entirely. He is doing well, fingers crossed but has a long road ahead and the treatments are no fun on a child of his age. Iggy is a hockey player, a baseball player, a video game enthusiast, dabbles in the drums (wants to get back into it), and an all-around great kid.
My dear friends Cate Esser and Danny Bennett are once again throwing another auction/raffle to benefit Iggy in whatever way possible through his struggle. This auction is for the purpose of serving those who wished to donate/benefit on the first auction that was held a few months ago, but missed the deadline in getting an item in. Cate and Danny are saints who have really gone out of their way to put this all together. They are also part of the music business and have been working with me and without me for decades, and I cherish their friendship and hard work ethic, as well as them putting up with my warped sense of humor.
I thank everyone involved and all that are donating items, to help Iggy in his struggle to make life better. It’s been a challenging road for him and our family, and new curveballs are thrown at us every day. Having our friends do this means the world to us, and having you all as the most amazing supportive community behind us, warms our hearts in so many ways.