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- Posted on Jun 9th 2011 12:30PM by Jason MacNeil
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"It's a situation where a good friend and longtime lighting guy needs help and we are more than happy to do whatever we can do to help him and his family," Sum 41's Jason "Cone" McCaslin tells Spinner.
According to a post on Billy Talent's site Tuesday, June 7, the show is to benefit a young boy named Xavier, "the young son of a friend and co-worker of both bands." Xavier was diagnosed with neuroblastoma stage IV in August 2010 and has gone through several chemotherapy treatments and MIBG treatments "where radiation levels are so high that Xavier is confined to a lead fortified room and his hospital bed for three days." The treatments take place at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
"As the family struggles to keep up with the overwhelming costs associated with treatment, travel and medicine, Billy Talent and Sum 41 are working together to raise much needed money to help support Xavier during this crucial time," the statement reads.
Billy Talent lead singer Ben Kowalewicz shared more thoughts on the band's Facebook page.
"We have had the pleasure of working with our lighting guy Dan [Xavier's father] for a million years and have traveled many many miles together and he has been part of some our most memorable shows," he wrote. "Our crew guys are our family. We care for them the same way we care for our families off the road and as you all know by now, we are very loyal, especially to one of our own.
"[Xavier] has since been getting some serious treatments in Canada and the US and is fighting for his life. While undergoing some intense procedures he is still doing it with a smile on his face and still being that special little boy that he is."
"It's going to be a very special night for everyone and we hope you can be part of it," he added. "Always remember, if someone falls, you pick them back up!"
Tickets for the concert go on sale Saturday, June 11, at 10AM PST. A special PayPal link can be found on Billy Talent's site for anyone wanting to donate towards the effort. According to a post on Sum 41's site, tickets are priced at $47.50 CA and will be available through Livenation.com and the venue.
Billy Talent will play a handful of Canadian shows this summer before they begin working on their next studio album. Meanwhile, Sum 41, currently touring behind their new album, 'Screaming Bloody Murder,' are gearing up for a string of European festival dates.