Andrew McMahon has been one of my favorite artists for years. From his Something Corporate days to his current band Jack’s Mannequin (who had an amazing show at the 9:30 last year) – he’s written songs that are some of my favorites of all time. Konstantine and The Mixed Tape, to name a couple, are two that I’ve either made friends love or sick to death of because I listen to them so much. But there is much more to him than just great music:
“In the spring of 2005 Andrew McMahon and his band Jack’s Mannequin embarked on their first US headlining tour. Before the tour was completed, McMahon paid a visit to his voice doctor in New York City with a list of health concerns. The following morning the results of his blood work landed him in the hospital where he was soon diagnosed with Acute Lymphatic Leukemia. Through the summer of 2005 McMahon underwent two rounds of chemotherapy, radiation treatment and with a stroke of good luck, a stem cell transplant from his sister. Having spent the end of 2005 and the beginning of 2006 recuperating at home McMahon began playing occasional shows around town as well as short headlining runs in support of Jack’s Mannequin’s first major release, Everything in Transit. In an effort to raise money and awareness for cancer research, Andrew founded the Dear Jack Foundation in July 2006.” – Dear Jack Foundation
A documentary titled “Dear Jack” that chronicles his fight will be released sometime this year. It is narrated by his friend Tommy Lee and is directed by Corey Moss and Josh Morrisroe, two former MTV News producers. Be sure to check out the trailer at dearjackmovie.com or watch it here:
More info can be found here at the Dear Jack Foundation.