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SamaritanMag Spotlights George Thorogood's Philanthropy

George Thorogood doesn’t call donating money to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society “charity.” He calls it “a tragedy.”

SamaritanMag Spotlights George Thorogood's Philanthropy

By Karen Bliss

George Thorogood doesn’t call donating money to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society “charity.” He calls it “a tragedy.” 


The American boogie blues legend, whose albums have sold more than 15 million copies worldwide over four decades, watched his father-in-law's successful fight with leukemia, a blood disease (he is now in remission).

On his Canadian and U.S. tours, he has been directing a dollar per ticket sold and 100 percent of net proceeds from a specially designed t-shirt to the two organizations whose aim is to  “cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.”

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In the U.S. the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is the largest funder of cutting-edge research to advance cures and has invested more than $1.2 billion (USD) in research. In Canada, in 2017, alone, the LLS spent almost $7.4 million (CAD) — 4.1 million in innovative research and $3.3 million towards patient services and education — a 37 percent increase over 2016

While Thorogood would likely prefer to talk about his latest album, Party of One — at 68-years-old, his first-ever solo album (without his backing group The Destroyers) — he took time out while on tour to have a discussion with Samaritanmag about giving back, as well as what he remembers from performing at Bob Geldof and Midge Ure’s dual-city famine relief concert Live Aid in the 80s.

It’s simple to add a dollar to your ticket price and direct it to a charity. Have you done that before?

– Continue reading George Thorogood on the Tragedy of Leukemia, Donating, and Live Aid on the SamaritanMag website

 

 

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