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September 16, 2019
September 16, 2019
Porter Robinson doesn’t fail to prove to the world how big his heart can be. His music has touched the lives of so many audiences and he has become such a profound presence in the scene that his Second Sky Festival sold out in minutes. And Robinson is taking this festival as an opportunity to touch lives through many more ways than just music.
In November 2016, during the Shelter Tour, Porter Robinson received news about his younger brother that flipped his life upside down. Mark Robinson was hospitalized after falling severely ill and was eventually diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, called Burkitt Lymphoma. Although a very aggressive and fast-growing disease, the survival rate in the US is about 90%. Due to the strength of his brother’s will, the unwavering support of family, and the care team at the University of North Carolina (UNC), Mark has been declared cancer-free since February 2017. Read Robinson’s story in the thread below.
in november of 2016, my then 17-year-old younger brother Mark was hospitalized with a rare and aggressive form of cancer called Burkitt lymphoma. pic.twitter.com/MLiNu0i3HC
— porter robinson (@porterrobinson) June 5, 2019
But Porter couldn’t stop there. One of Mark’s doctors, Dr. Westmoreland, leads a pediatric program in Malawi where Burkitt Lymphoma is unfortunately very common for children. Due to the connection of Malaria and this form of cancer, children suffer from this disease on a much larger scale than those in the US and the survival rate is only 29%. But, Dr. Westmoreland “believes that children in Malawi deserve the same shot at life,” and Robinson agrees.
The Second Sky Festival is an opportunity to spread more information about this form of cancer and what the team in Malawi does. There will be a booth where Dr. Westmoreland will be on site to answer questions and accept donations for the cause with a goal of $50,000, hoping to be exceeded. On top of that, Robinson will match all donations made at the festival, while Goldenvoice has agreed to donate one dollar from each ticket sale.
Dr. Westmoreland’s team, the children of Malawi, and the Robinson family are eternally inspiring. Please visit the Robinson Malawi Fund website to learn more and make a donation. The Second Sky Festival will feature performances by Madeon, Cashmere Cat, G Jones, and Porter’s own “Worlds Live.” The live stream of this incredible event will also have ways in which you can donate, so if you couldn’t catch tickets, be sure to tune in to enjoy the music and help a worthy cause.