As a member or the wildly popular musical group The Avett Brothers, Bassist Bob Crawford thought he had it made.
“On the one hand you have lived your dream – your childhood dream - of being successful in the music business, on the other hand you’ve suffered the worst nightmare a parent can have,” he said.
That nightmare began in August of 2011, when doctors diagnosed Crawford’s infant daughter Hallie with a brain tumor.
“The Doctor that was on call that weekend resected her tumor he said he got ninety percent of it," he said. "I remember asking him if she would live he said he did not know, he did not know.”
Two and a half years later, Bob’s daughter Hallie continues to struggle. In that time, her dad has turned his musical acclaim into a search to cure brain tumors.
“I think brain tumors in general get the least amount of the cancer awareness and support," Crawford said. “We want to change all that.”
To do so, Bob Crawford recently recorded a Public Service Announcement for The National Brain Tumor Society. Then he agreed to play a private concert for top fundraisers and families coping with the disease.
“Anyone who can help us raise awareness is critical because this is an underserved population and we really need to make headway to find a cure.” says a spokeswoman from The National Brain Tumor Society.
On Saturday, March 22nd, organizers will hold a first ever Brain Tumor Walk and Race in Charlotte. The goal is to raise the profile a disease that affects 700,000 Americans. (Details can be found here).
For Bob Crawford, the private concerts, the PSA and the upcoming race are all a part of his overall mission to help bring an end to brain tumors. A cure may not be found in time to help his daughter, but the search for a cure has given his musical career a whole new purpose.
“It doesn’t exactly even out but it makes you aware what’s really important in life and that maybe you’re here to do something important that has nothing to do with music," Crawford said.