September 8th, 2022, was Benjamin Orr’s 75th birthday. In an expression of gratitude for his irreplaceable voice & stage presence, a group of fans are choosing to celebrate his life and legacy in a way that Ben might if he was here to do it himself: by raising money for Pancreatic Cancer research and changing the outcome for someone else.
As we know, Benjamin Orr died of pancreatic cancer on October 3, 2000, less than six months after his diagnosis. He was a father, fiancé, friend, rock star. He was only 53 years old. It is in tribute to him that we are raising awareness and funds for PanCan.org, a non-profit organization that strives to improve the lives of everyone impacted by pancreatic cancer by advancing scientific research, advocating for patients, providing patient and caregiver support, and facilitating community outreach programs.
This fundraiser started on September 7, 2022, and will continue until the goal of $7,500 is met. There is also a Facebook event that is going on now through Sunday night. There are drawings, giveaways, and fun stuff being posted. It’s not too late to join in! And while you’re enjoying the content, won’t you please consider giving to this impactful cause in memory of Ben?
I was supportive of this cause when I first found out that Ben barely had a fighting chance against this killer, but the devastation hit much closer to home this past spring. My beloved brother-in-law was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer on April 17 and died on May 26, just 39 days later. He was 62.
Each week we grab a coffee before work, or we order pizza for dinner after a long day. How much is that… $10? $15… $25? May I ask you to forego that treat this one time and donate that money to our fundraiser instead? You’d be contributing to the health and healing of so many others who have to face the reality of a pancreatic cancer diagnosis.
Please follow this direct link to donate online in honor of Benjamin Orr (US and Canada): https://secure.pancan.org/site/TR/DIY/DIYTeamraisers?team_id=37580&pg=team&fr_id=1081
Credit card is the preferred method of donation. However, if your only option is by check, you can mail in a donation to pancan.org using this form: http://media.pancan.org/org/pancan_donation_form.pdf If you write “BENJAMIN ORR @ 75 CELEBRATION & PANCAN FUNDRAISER” on the top of the form they will add your donation to our goal.
For international donations from outside of North America, please call PanCan at (310) 725-0025 weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. PST and their Customer Service team will be happy to help you! (If you call after hours or on the weekend, you will need to leave a message and they will return your call on the following business day to assist you.)