Melbourne’s music community will gather on Sunday for the Rock & Roll Gumbo Medicine Show, a benefit for Karen Conrad and family.
The line-up will feature Charles Jenkins, The Darling Downs, Kerri Simpson, Kim Volkman, Suzannah Espie, Dan Brodie, Sherry Rich, Krista Polvere, Quincy McLean, Mikelangelo and Blind Kiwi and his Cigar Box Guitar.
Karen Conrad, one of Melbourne’s best known and loved music publicists, is raising funds for the treatment of her son Grant who has Cystic Fibrosis.
Grant is now 25-years old. According to the family, “Grant was recently genotyped due to new medical breakthroughs and promising new drugs to treat the disease. Sadly, he was found to have a rare genetic mutation – different from around 70% of the CF population who will benefit from the new drug.
“There may be new remedies for other genotypes in the coming years and there is always the possibility of a double lung transplant if all else fails. Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic illness, which means his younger brother Tyler could pass it on when he reproduces, even though he does not have the condition. A family appointment for a specialist CF clinic in St Louis Missouri has been scheduled in 6 months’ time. This benefit gig is to help Grant and his family cover those expenses”.
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