between donations at second sky, online donations, and $1 from each ticket, yall raised $77,000 for the Malawi Fund!! since i’m matching that, this means that together we raised $154,000 for direct patient care for pediatric cancer in Malawi! this will help SO much - THANK YOU♥️
in november of 2016, my then 17-year-old younger brother Mark was hospitalized with a rare and aggressive form of cancer called Burkitt lymphoma. he had a mass in his abdomen that was doubling in size every 24 hours. mark is pretty much my best friend - it was utterly devastating and one of the most difficult things i've ever been through (and surely a million times worse for him). through mark's own fortitude, and through the high quality of care from his doctors (Drs. Westmoreland & Hipps), nurses and staff at @UNCMedicine, i'm extremely happy to say that, as of February 2017 Mark finished his treatment and is now 100% cancer free and thriving.
here's why i'm bringing this up: the survival rate for Burkitt lymphoma in the US is 90% or higher. but for kids in malawi, where it's much more common due to the connection between malaria and this form of cancer, the survival rate can be as low as about 29%. one of Mark’s doctors, Dr. Westmoreland, leads the pediatric cancer program that UNC operates in Malawi.
i’m starting a fund in cooperation with UNC to help improve the survival rate in that region so that those families won't have to needlessly lose loved ones. in this case, more resources translates directly into higher survival rates.
Second Sky (@secondskyfest) is going to have a booth (with Mark's doctor there!) to share information and accept donations for this cause -- we have a goal to raise $50,000 (or hopefully higher) and i'm going to match everyone's donations at the festival!
if you’d like to get involved in supporting this cause, you can find more information here (also the link in my bio): www.robinsonmalawifund.org
perhaps the biggest reason i wanted to do second sky music festival was to create a place where all of my favorite music coexists
if you’re going (even if you’re not!) i really recommend getting familiar with these artists, so here’s a playlist of my favorites: porterrobinson.fm/playlist (link in bio)