Last month, on his 28th birthday, Jake Bruggman, the frontman of the local folk-rock band The Good Wives, was diagnosed with stage IIIB Hodgkin's lymphoma. Bruggman has already begun the debilitating process of treatment, and while he is fortunate to have health insurance, he'll have a sizable deductible to pay, he won't be strong enough to work for at least the next six months, and he also has to move out of his shared housing into an apartment by himself in order to sustain the spotlessly clean living environment that his immune system now demands.
Fortunately, Bruggman has great friends, who've created The Foundation For A Better Jake, the homepage for which declares, "This is a tragic misstep on Cancer's part, as Jake has no intention of spending the rest of his life with her." The Foundation is attempting to raise $15,000 to help Bruggman with his medical, moving, and living expenses; 2013's Miss Washington Cassandra Searles has already donated, and Bruggman's favorite Mariner Casper Wells has tweeted out word of the Foundation's benefit show next Wednesday, January 23 at the Crocodile, which will likely be Bruggman's last show for a while and also feature a solo performance by Telekinesis' Michael Benjamin Lerner.Bruggman's Good Wives bandmate Nicholas Alexander tells me that any money that's left over from the benefit will be pledged to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and adds, "If all goes to planned, [Jake] will be cancer free next time he's on stage."
The Good Wives' Benefit for Jake is all ages and starts at 8 p.m. next Wednesday. The tickets are choose your price--buy some via the Crocodile.