I realize this is quite off topic, but it hits close to home for me and my family and I thought I’d reach out to the steadicam community and see if anyone might be interested in helping out. A close family friend is a musician named Jason Gaviati who plays keyboards for Lindsey Stirling. He was on tour with Lindsey in Germany about a month ago when he noticed a swollen lymph node in his neck. He went to the doctor on a down day to get checked out. After numerous tests, he found out that he had Burkitt Lymphoma, a form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma which unfortunately produces the fastest growing tumor in humans and is frequently fatal if not treated immediately.
He obviously dropped off the tour in order to start treatment. As a travelling musician – an industry (like ours) full of wild swings in monetary fortune, he did not have medical insurance, but was able to sign up for it upon his diagnosis. Unfortunately, the insurance he was able to get isn’t accepted at his first several choices of doctors and he is seeking help in financing his treatment, as well as maintaining with day to day expenses until he is able to beat this disease and go back in the studio and out on tour.
Here is the link to his gofundme account:
It provides a way of contributing financially if that is of interest, and also gives information about Jason, his diagnosis, and talks about the kind of person he is. I realize this isn’t the sort of thing we often talk about here, and I’m sorry if it isn’t appropriate for this forum. I am not the sort who posts here often and when I do, it is hopefully about something that is helpful to someone in our community. I try and help people whenever appropriate, and I know Jason to be the kind of guy that those here would appreciate and like – not just for his talent as a musician, but because of the kind of guy he is.
Thank you in advance for any possible help – be it financial, or simply warm thoughts for someone in need.
All the best,