Fans donate over $77,000 to support Thomas Fekete's treatment plan for a rare form of cancer
Surfer Blood guitarist Thomas Fekete has reached the fundraising target to aid his cancer treatment.
As reported earlier this month, the guitarist is currently undergoing treatment for a rare form of cancer and had a large tumour removed from his abdomen earlier this year. However, the cancer has subsequently spread to his spine and lungs.
A GoFundMe page set up by Fekete has been open to fans wishing to donate towards his treatment. 1,733 people donated within the first 12 days, raising over $77,000 (£50,900) and beating the initial $76,000 (£50,200) target.
Fekete 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.
Following the overwhelming support, Surfer Blood frontman John Paul Pitts commented, “The fund-raising is really making Thomas’ spirits soar! What he’s going through right now is really scary, and he’s extremely grateful and inspired by the outpouring of love and generosity. Thanks everyone.”
In a message on the GoFundMe page, Fekete explains how: “any bit of help would be massive for me, as I’m no longer able to tour and make a living, and my wonderful wife/best friend whom I just married in November will now be leaving work to help me throughout my treatment.”
He adds: “I not only feel great, but I am in great spirits, and I know this will soon be over like a bad dream. Please take care of yourselves, enjoy every single day. Life is beautiful.”
Surfer Blood’s new album, ‘1000 Palms’ will be released on May 18. The band unveiled the new video for ‘I Can’t Explain’ yesterday (April 30) – watch below.