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This Wild Life Are Awesome People

George Essex
George Essex 8 October 2015 at 12.14

The boys are doing their bit. 

This Wild Life played a sold out fundraiser yesterday for the National Breast Cancer Foundation at Chain Reaction in Anaheim, CA. 

Couldn't make it? They've also released a limited edition T-shirt with 100% of profits going towards the charity.

Why that charity? Well, allow the band to explain...

"I grew up with a single mother that showed me the true meaning of hard work, unconditional love, and perseverance. No one is stronger than my Mom. Really, she was and still is a superhero in my eyes. As a teenager, I watched her go through nearly a year of chemotherapy without missing a single day of work. Seeing her struggle with aches and pains, hair falling out, and the financial and emotional weight that was burdened on her was a difficult time for our family. At the time I think I was so naive, I didn't realize the hardship she was really going through. I just knew she was the toughest woman I had ever known. Seeing the drugs beat her down was sobering in a way. It humanized my hero. It was and still is scary to me how fragile people we love can truly be. 

I wrote the song "No More Bad Days" for my Mom years after the fact. After I had some time to reflect on what she was really going through, and I wanted to show her support. I wanted to lift her spirits up. 

This song has connected me with so many people around the world, people going through personal hardships, people with family members struggling with health. Although I wrote this song with the sole intention of encouraging my Mother, it has become so much more than I ever anticipated. I've never been more proud to stand behind something that came from the heart, and worked its way into the hearts of others. Hearing your stories is difficult for me at times, cause I don't know how to help or share what helped my family. 

Our band has been very fortunate in being supported by our friends, fans, and family for years now. We feel it's our responsibility to give back, and work towards something bigger than our own personal dreams. Supporting women in health and financial struggles is something very close to home for me. Pushing this song to women and their families who are in pain is a start, but we want to show how powerful support through music can truly be. 

Our goal is to raise $10,000 to donate to National Breast Cancer Foundation. One mammogram costs $100, and early detection saves lives. If we can raise the money to have 100 women checked we have the power to keep mothers, daughters, friends, coworkers, and loved ones around for years to come. It's incredible what we can accomplish if we put our minds and our hearts together. 

Best, Kevin and Anthony"

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