In September of 2016 at the age of ten, Damian was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in Recurrence. He was 4 years old the first time he was diagnosed, completed a three year long treatment plan and stayed in remission for two and a half years. Right now he is looking at a two year treatment plan (at least) spread between in-patient/out-patient stays in Oakland and Reno. You can help: buy a fundraising T-shirt or sweatshirt here.There are different styles in adult and youth sizes. Proceeds from sales go directly to Damian's family for all the accumulating costs associated with his medical care. (Jennifer Karrer of Advertising Specialties makes these shirts and many others - she's awesome!)

Damian & Co. - No One Fights Alone

 

How I know Damian

Damian's father is the great bassist, Robert Finn, of many bands and musical endeavors, including our old band, Sophie and the Probiotics™. When I heard the news about Damian's illness in 2011, I decided to turn an already scheduled local performance into a fundraiser for Damian. There was already a lot of hub-bub about the show, which featured multiple local artists, and so I decided to capitalize on the attention for Damian's benefit. It made me feel great, and I was much more motivated to sell out the tickets that were allotted to me knowing it was for a good cause. I donated 100% of my personal proceeds from the Made in Reno concert, held on April 1st, 2011, to Damian and his family to help offset some of the medical and travel expenses. Fellow musician and performer at the show, Tyler Stafford, was very generous to contribute a chunk of his ticket sales as well! Many other friends of Kung Fu Sophie also gave for the cause. Thank you to everyone who showed support!!


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July 2014 - I am very happy to report that Damian recently finished his 3-year treatment and is doing well. Damian’s parents have been involved with many cancer awareness groups and charities over the years. This year, Robert is "giving away" his own upcoming birthday (July 17) to raise money for childhood cancer research: https://www.stbaldricks.org/fundraisers/mypage/504/2014.

A note from Robert:

Did you know that 175,000 kids are diagnosed with cancer each year? My son was one of them. In the U. S., one in five will not survive. I want to change that, so I'm raising money to help find cures. Please support me with a donation to the St. Baldrick's Foundation. This volunteer-driven charity funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U. S. government. Your gift will give hope to infants, children, teens and young adults fighting childhood cancers. So when I ask for your support, I'm really asking you to support these kids.

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Here's a more recent photo of Damian, so awesome to see him fishing in the great outdoors!

 

October 2012 - Damian is responding very well to treatment and his spirits are high. Fundraisers have been held to help raise money for his medical expenses and travel for his treatment, which is often out-of-state. As of 10-7-12, I just learned that the fundraiser previously set up for Damian via the American Cancer Society is no longer active. Damian's parents prefer donations be made in Damian's name via the Stand Up 2 Cancer website HERE. You can even launch a star in his name, which is pretty neato! Even though donations don't go directly to him, Damian's parents like this organization because "They're a great organization who were able to start a pediatric 'dream team' of doctors who focus on childhood cancer research." If you would like to create a star tribute, please email me for more info about Damian. Damian has a profile on CaringBridge if you would like to sign up there for updates on his treatment, etc. If a direct fundraiser is established, I will post the info on this page and via my newsletter (sign-up box is on the right).

Photo of Damian with his beads of courage (2011)...

  Damian, Beads

Damian and Robert 2011


 

 

 

 


 

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