From Camp Rogue Wave:

On September 30th 2006, San Francisco band Rogue Wave will host a benefit concert to raise money for their drummer Pat Spurgeon, who is in desperate need of a kidney transplant.

The benefit concert will feature performances by Rogue Wave, Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie,) Matthew Caws (Nada Surf,) Ryan Miller (Guster,) John Vanderslice, and other special guests. Daniel Handler (AKA Lemony Snickett) will MC the event.

Pat was born with one kidney and it failed. He had his first transplant in 1993, which served him well until now. After 13 years, it has started to deteriorate. He has been on dialysis since April and is hoping desperately to find a donor. Some of their friends have gotten tested to see if they are a match, but Pat has yet to hear good news. Provided he finds a donor, there will be an enormous amount of costs that both Pat and his donor will incur.

In a logical world, medical insurance would cover his donor’s and his expenses after the procedure, but it does not; so he and his family must carry the financial burden. The expenses can be huge. We are trying to raise money for costs like: donor’s travel, care, bills, lost work wages, etc., as well as Pat’s expenses, care, bills, etc. while he is in recovery.

If you cannot attend the show, we encourage you to donate whatever you can.

The South By Stereogum alums are taking contributions to the cause at their homepage.

Comments (6)
  1. pat is seriously one of the nicest guys ever. i’ve already got my tickets to this show should be a good one (although i could do without vanderslice on the bill, he somehow ends up playing way too many shows i’ve gone to over the years…)

  2. mgl  |   Posted on Sep 21st, 2006 0

    Considering I downloaded their last album for free, and have really enjoyed it, the least I can do is donate some cash. “Publish My Love”: some say the most underappreciated track of the year.

  3. mgl  |   Posted on Sep 21st, 2006 0

    Considering I downloaded their last album for free, and have really enjoyed it, the least I can do is donate some cash. “Publish My Love”: some say the most underappreciated track of the year.

  4. Scott Karoly  |   Posted on Sep 21st, 2006 0

    Man, I’m really disappointed that this show is 21+. The Independent has been breaking my heart almost monthly now for the past year or so by booking amazing shows (Stella Comedy on my birthday…) that I can’t go to for another year. You’d be surprised that they’d make a benefit show 21+, too, seeing as they want as much money as possible for a pretty damn good cause.

  5. Chuck  |   Posted on Sep 21st, 2006 0

    I saw Rogue Wave last week in Toronto and Pat seemed so comfortable playing, I had no idea he was sick. Here’s to a speedy recovery.

  6. Scott  |   Posted on Sep 21st, 2006 0

    Pat’s a fantastically nice dude and RW are some of the coolest and hardest working guys around. Skip your latte and donate some bucks. WE NEED THE BEATS.

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