Allman Bros. Stage Benefit for Hep C

 

Spearheaded by Gregg
Allman, whose bout with hepatitis nearly derailed the band for good.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

Gregg Allman announced today that he will work together
with Merck and the American Liver Foundation on Tune In to Hep C, a
public health campaign to help raise awareness of chronic hepatitis C virus
infection.  To help turn up the volume around hepatitis C, a benefit
concert featuring The Allman Brothers Band will be held in New York on July 27,
the eve of World Hepatitis Day.

 

This week marks the one-year anniversary of Allman’s
liver transplant, which he received after his liver had become damaged from
chronic hepatitis C infection.  Allman has returned to performing and
recording music, and now wants to help raise awareness of hepatitis C. 

 

“I’m excited to be working with Merck and the
American Liver Foundation because there are many people who have been diagnosed
with chronic hepatitis C, but aren’t taking action.  I want to tell them,
don’t wait.  Doing nothing is not an option; they need to talk with their
doctor,” said Allman.  “I made
the decision to take action and talk to my doctor, so that I could get back to
making the music I love.  I want others to take that action too, and if I
can help make that happen, I’ve done my job.”

 

“We
are thrilled to work with Merck and Gregg Allman to help educate and empower
patients with chronic hepatitis C – this has been a focus of the American Liver
Foundation for 35 years,” said Newton Guerin, acting CEO and chief
operating officer, ALF.  “People don’t often talk openly about their
hepatitis C, which contributes to misinformation and isolation for those
infected with the virus.  Gregg’s willingness to share his story will open
the door for meaningful dialogue that can help reduce stigma and the lack of
understanding surrounding chronic hepatitis C.” 

 

Tickets for the concert will go on sale tomorrow,
Wednesday, June 22 at 12:00PM EDT.  Tickets are available at LiveNation.com,
Ticketmaster.com, select Ticketmaster locations and charge by phone at
800-745-3000.  Tickets also will be available at The Beacon Theatre box
office beginning June 23. Proceeds from the benefit concert will be donated to
community-based organizations that provide education and support services to
people with chronic hepatitis C.

 

[Photo Credit: Danny Clinch]

 

 

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