Friday, March 18, 2011

Concert for the Cystic Dreams Fund - Sunday, March 27

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Cystic fibrosis is a ferocious and persistent disease, affecting 30,000 Americans. It attacks the lungs and the digestive systems causing chronic and painful problems with breathing and metabolizing food.

The Cystic Dreams Fund was formed to help cystic fibrosis patients with the financial burden incurred by the disease. The costs of treatments and therapies are steep and insurance cannot cover everything. Adults with CF, who make up 45 percent of those with the disease, often are unable to work from its debilitating affects.

A kick-off concert for the Cystic Dreams Fund is being held on Sunday, March 27 at the Lincoln Tap Room, 3010 N. Lincoln Avenue.

The fund was formed in the memory and from the inspiration of writer, teacher and musician Paul Mooney, who died of the disease in December of 2009, at the age of 45. Paul did have a successful lung transplant, but the anti-rejection drugs wreaked havoc on his system. He died peacefully, at home, with his mother by his side.

Although the world has not yet seen his masterpiece novel published, in the last months of his life Paul got together with his two brothers and a group of talented Chicago musicians to record his album Because of a Woman. The album's twelve songs show Paul's copious talent, his lyricism and his wicked humor, as well as a reverent adoration of Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash and Leonard Cohen. I am sure these musical giants would give their blessings on these heartfelt compositions from one of their biggest fans.

Because of a Woman will be performed on Sunday night along with music from Dorian Taj. Plus a silent auction! Come out and help a good cause. I'll see you there!

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