Chris Gaffney Of The Hacienda Brothers Taken Ill

The Hacienda Brothers have some sad and unfortunate news to announce. Chris Gaffney, founding member and lead singer, has just been diagnosed with liver cancer. Gaffney had been recording as recently as January but was taken ill in February. He then began an extensive round of tests that led to the discovery of the cancer. Early next month Chris will begin undergoing intensive chemotherapy, and although he has health insurance it does not cover all of his medical costs and living expenses. In order to raise the necessary additional $60, 000 a website has been set up by his family at . Donation checks can also be written directly to the Chris Gaffney Recovery Fund, 403 43rd Street, Oakland CA 94609.

This summer the Hacienda Brothers will release a new CD, which was recorded just before Chris was diagnosed. A portion of the proceeds from the CD sales will go to the fund. The band is also scheduling several benefit concerts throughout the end of the year to help raise money and awareness for their ailing colleague, so please keep checking for a complete list of shows.

A way for everyone to assist with raising money for Chris Gaffney is to pass along the website to any of your mailing lists or groups of friends. Remember any size donation is greatly appreciated. This is a very difficult time for Chris and he needs everyone's support to pull through.

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