Please Help a Seriously Sick Baby

December 12, 2006

My friend sent me the info below about the son of J. Robbins. J. Robbins is a musician and you can read more about him below, but that really doesn’t matter. What matters is that his son is deathly ill. To provide care for the baby will cost a lot of money, and you can guess that an indie rock musician’s salary can only go so far.

Please, if you can spare anything, donate to help these parents pay for the care of their seriously ill baby.

I just donated and hope you will, too.

—-The email from my friend is below—-

For those who don’t know. J. Robbins is an indie-rock icon (Jawbox, Burning Airlines) and a DC native. I’ve met him a handful of times, and he’s a truly nice guy.

Here’s a blurb about why I’m mentioning this.

In September, the now-ten-month-old Cal (j’s son) was diagnosed with genetic motor neuron disease Spinal Muscular Atrophy (Type 1), an often-fatal disorder; most children with Type 1 SMA will die before the age of two, as it affects their ability to crawl, walk, breathe, swallow, and control their head and neck. At this point in time, it does not have a cure.

SMA-stricken babies who live past the age of two are likely to be wheelchair-bound for life and probably require scoliosis surgery. The condition is an expensive one, especially for parents looking to test out its experimental treatments, which is something Robbins and Morgan hope to do.

You can make donations to help support the Robins family fight for the life of their son at the DeSoto website,

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