Alt-rockers hailing from Florida Surfer Blood had a heavy day indeed yesterday. Their van was broken into during their stay in Schaumburg, Illinois – including every donation given for guitarist Thomas Fekete, who was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer earlier this year.
The band and Fekete have been seeking donations in order to help him cover the expensive medical bills. They are also missing “thousands of dollars in personal items and show settlements.” The band took to Facebook to post about their incredible misfortune, citing the loss of donations as “heartbreaking”:
“We deeply regret having to inform you this, but our van was broken into today in Schaumburg, Il just outside of Chicago. Not only did we lose thousands of dollars in personal items and show settlements, but we also lost all cash donations we collected for Thomas over the last 8 shows at our merch table. This last detail is perhaps the most heartbreaking of all in that so much positivity and amazing generosity could be ruined by one bad person(s).
Most of our large musical gear was not stolen, and the shows will still go on as planned.
There are a few one-of-a kind guitar pedals to please keep an eye out for – not for their specific value, but for the fact that these are unique and recognizable items. If they are found at a pawn shop or private seller, everything else including the more serious items are likely there or somewhere nearby.
Thank you for all your support. You help us all stay positive in the midst of something so discouraging.”
You can donate here.