Surfer Blood last month announced they would be raising funds to help guitarist Thomas Fekete, who has been diagnosed with cancer. Now the band have appealed for information after their van was yesterday (May 22) broken into and money collected for Fekete at their recent live shows was taken.
The band revealed the incident in a post to Facebook, saying that funds amassed at their last eight shows plus some personal items and show settlements were stolen.
“We deeply regret having to inform you this, but our van was broken into today in Schaumburg, Il just outside of Chicago,” they wrote next to a picture of the damaged vehicle. “Not only did we lose thousands of dollars in personal items and show settlements, but we also lost all cash donations we collected for Thomas over the last 8 shows at our merch table. This last detail is perhaps the most heartbreaking of all in that so much positivity and amazing generosity could be ruined by one bad person(s).”
The group urged fans to keep an eye out for one-of-a kind guitar pedals that could lead authorities to those responsible for the breaking-in. “If they are found at a pawn shop or private seller, everything else including the more serious items are likely there or somewhere nearby.”
They added, “Thank you for all of your support. You help us all stay positive in the midst of something so discouraging.”
Though Fekete had a large tumour removed from his abdomen earlier this year, the cancer subsequently spread to his spine and lungs. He is undergoing an alternative treatment plan in addition to chemotherapy and his health insurance does not cover the full amount needed to pay for this. A GoFundMe page set up to raise money has, at time of writing, raised almost $84,000 (£54,000) for the cause.
Surfer Blood’s new album ‘1000 Palms’ was released on May 18.