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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Local Punk Doug "Sluggo" Cawley on His Son Blixa's Leukemia and Tonight's Team Blixa Benefit at Bottom of the Hill

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Beyond the musicians who have gotten involved, it seems that there are also a lot of people that you know by just being in an active band like poster artists and T-shirt people that are pitching in as well.

Definitely. That reminds me to mention the people in Alaska who we've gotten to be friends with playing there the last couple of years, this guy Phil Woolrich from up there set up the Team Blixa page. I owe them a big thanks, too. It's been really wonderful. You know, I've been touring all over and sending stuff overseas and all over the U.S. for years. To have it come back like this has been pretty amazing. I really didn't expect it.

And the whole Facebook thing, now it means a lot to me with all the pictures I've taken of Blixa's progress. We did that originally just so that our phone would stop ringing. I needed to put it on Facebook just so I could be able to deal with my son and not have to answer the phone every two minutes. But because of that, a lot of people got involved. It's just taken on a life of its own. I mean, we do have health insurance, but there's assorted costs with it. The cost is just amazing. His first week was $65,000. My thought initially was "I don't know how much is covered. I don't care." He needs whatever he gets, whatever he gets is fine. I don't care how much it costs. If they come and say to me "You owe us this much money." I'd say "Fine. Put me on a payment plan. I'll pay it for the rest of my life." I want my son to have whatever he needs.

We certainly are lucky that we have health care, but that won't cover all the costs. But people have just been so kind. My wife came out of the Goodwill store recently when she was donating some stuff, and she found a $20 bill under her windshield wiper with a little note that said "I don't know you, but this is for Blixa."

You have another benefit that The Grannies are playing at that happens just a couple of weeks after this one?

Yeah, Scott Alcoholocaust has been one of the promoters we've worked with a lot over the years. He put something together at the El Rio for Sept. 15.

The Team Blixa page also has a pre-order for a Fuck Cancer compilation that is set to come out next year. Can you tell me anything about that?

It's run by Phil Woolrich up in Alaska. He ran a label in in Germany for a while. He knows a lot of the same people we do. He knows a lot of Oakland bands and German bands. It was his idea. But the album is not Blixa specific; it's more just for kids with cancer. But the idea is that the album is called Fuck Cancer and every song is going to be called "Fuck Cancer." So we're on it, The Hickoids are doing a song, a band called Kamikaze Queens from Berlin is doing a song. The Mentors said they're doing a song and Butt Trumpet said they'll do a song. It's going to be pretty good. It won't be coming out until spring of next year.

Blixa-Aid with Thee Oh Sees, Enorchestra, and Dirty Power takes place Wednesday, Aug.29, at Bottom of the Hill. 9 p.m. $14.

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