It is going on nearly two years since we first heard the story of little Alyssa Weiser-Lily, better known as Aly, and the friendship that her family developed with local blues player Lisa Mann. After living next to one another for a few years, they actually discovered that they’re related. Well Aly’s story is that since she was 18 months old she has been battling cancer. The fight continues and recent surgery to remove a damaged cornea took place due to recurring infections and now she will be looking at chemotherapy. The family needs support financially to help make ends meet, not only for Aly but her three sisters and parents as well as they do not even own a car to be able to transport Aly to her treatments.
The Portland blues and roots community is gathering once again to help raise some much needed funds for Aly’s need. An all star benefit show has been scheduled at Bradford’s, NE 103rd & Halsey, on Sunday, November 16th from 2:00 pm until closing. Many of the Portland area’s top acts are joining in to offer their time, including Robbie Laws, Kevin Selfe & The Tornadoes, Jim Mesi, Rae Gordon, Lil Queenie Big Band, Lisa Mann & Karen Lovely, Ben Rice, Dover Weinberg, Ed Neumann, Doug Rowell, Bolt Upright, A.C. Porter, Jim Wallace, Sonny Hess, Jeffrey Parrish and more to be announced.
Please plan on attending this worthy cause. Suggested donation is only $5.00, but please give what you can. If you are unable to be there in person, you can still help out through on-line funding at http://www.gofundme.com/a13wlc or directly to PayPal at firstname.lastname@example.org.