As if we didn’t realize this already but Porter Robinson can simply can do no wrong!
While anticipation builds around the debut of his Second Sky Festival, Porter has announced his two-day event will benefit the Robinson Malawi Fund.
Most Porter fans know that his brother Mark was diagnosed with Burkitt lymphoma in November 2016 and while is now cured, Porter has launched a foundation to help children with this same condition in the country of Malawi.
In the US, Burkitt lymphoma is very rare and more than 90% of children survive. In Malawi, where it is the most common childhood cancer, the survival rate can be as low as 29%. Dr. Kate Westmoreland, one of Mark’s doctors, leads the pediatric cancer program UNC runs in Malawi called UNC Project-Malawi.
Porter Robinson’s Second Sky Festival will have a booth with Dr. Westmoreland on site to share information and accept donations for this cause. Porter will match all donations made at the festival.
In addition, Porter and Goldenvoice are donating one dollar from each ticket sale for the sold-out event, and the festival’s online live stream will also feature a way to make donations.
For more information, please visit robinsonmalawifund.org.
— porter robinson (@porterrobinson) June 5, 2019
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in november of 2016, my then 17-year-old younger brother Mark was hospitalized with a rare and aggressive form of cancer called Burkitt lymphoma. he had a mass in his abdomen that was doubling in size every 24 hours. mark is pretty much my best friend – it was utterly devastating and one of the most difficult things i've ever been through (and surely a million times worse for him). through mark's own fortitude, and through the high quality of care from his doctors (Drs. Westmoreland & Hipps), nurses and staff at @UNCMedicine, i'm extremely happy to say that, as of February 2017 Mark finished his treatment and is now 100% cancer free and thriving. here's why i'm bringing this up: the survival rate for Burkitt lymphoma in the US is 90% or higher. but for kids in malawi, where it's much more common due to the connection between malaria and this form of cancer, the survival rate can be as low as about 29%. one of Mark’s doctors, Dr. Westmoreland, leads the pediatric cancer program that UNC operates in Malawi. i’m starting a fund in cooperation with UNC to help improve the survival rate in that region so that those families won't have to needlessly lose loved ones. in this case, more resources translates directly into higher survival rates. Second Sky (@secondskyfest) is going to have a booth (with Mark's doctor there!) to share information and accept donations for this cause — we have a goal to raise $50,000 (or hopefully higher) and i'm going to match everyone's donations at the festival! if you’d like to get involved in supporting this cause, you can find more information here (also the link in my bio): www.robinsonmalawifund.org