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UPCOMING: Rockin' for Julie benefit @ St Andrew's, 18 May

MCB bud Mike Leslie tipped us off to this. I'm always behind a good cause -- even the guys in the Mike Leslie Band are donating their fees back to the fundraiser -- but I have to admit, you had me at "firefighters."

Benefit to fight Cerebellar Ataxia
Hometown Bands Come Together to Benefit DFD Family with Rare Disease

Saturday, May 18

Ty Stone and The Truth
The Infatuations
Mike Leslie Band
Dr. Spoke
Acoustic Train Wreck
Lyck Sticky

What do you get when Sponge, Ty Stone and The Truth, The Infatuations, Dr. Spoke, Mike Leslie Band, Acoustic Train Wreck and Lyck Sticky come together for one amazing performance? Answer: The Rockin’ For Julie Benefit Concert!

When Julie Holt‐Legas (daughter, sister and wife to the men of the DFD), was diagnosed with Cerebellar Ataxia, a disease which rapidly and aggressively attacks the fine motor skills, she learned she was 1 of 25 people in the world with this rare disease.

“You’ll just have to learn to live with it,” is not something you want to hear when a disease ravishes your body and renders a normal healthy student to a wheelchair bound invalid in just 16 months. After treatments at top hospitals including: The Mayo Clinic, The Cleveland Clinic and U of M Hospital failed, Julie and her husband, Scott, refuse to give up. With the help of family and friends, they are raising funds for Julie to undergo cord cell treatment at Hope Hospital in Zhuhai, China in July of 2013.

One of the amazing events being coordinated by family and friends to raise funds and awareness is the Rockin’ for Julie Benefit Concert.

Tickets are $25, limited to 1,000 and on sale now at or ticket box office.

More than $6,400 has been donated so far in support of Julie and Scott. Over the next couple months, many local fundraisers are currently planned around town.

For information on all local fundraisers, visit the website: To donate to or wish Julie well: Go to and search Julies Journey.