I have just heard from
Dave Smith of NEM Productions over in the North East
about Johnny Dickinson, who is seriously ill and
unlikely to be playing for some time. Johnny is a great
guitar player and singer songwriter who has done
workshops for us here at Guitar Weekends. I know we all
wish him a speedy recovery but he still has a family to
support and |I hope we can help him by purchasing the
benifit CD Dave is putting together. Below is the
message I got from Dave Smith.
sending you this Email because you have had something to do with Johnny over
the last few years. You may, or may not, be aware that last year, Johnny was
diagnosed with a form of Blood cancer, and as a result, needed to have a
course of Chemotherapy, which meant, of course, that his touring schedule
was cancelled. He got through the treatment OK, and was set to start working
again, but then went down with some kind of virus infection. After a course
of antibiotics, he seemed to be on the mend, but then felt a tingling
sensation through his legs, which spread through the rest of his body,
eventually leaving him paralysed. It turns out that he's suffering from a
very rare condition, which is brought about when the immune system becomes
dysfunctional, attacks itself, and begins to destroy some part or multiple
parts of the central nervous system....Guillain barre Syndrom.
Coupled with the Cancer, this condition is VERY serious, and the Doctors
have said that he may be in intensive care for 12 months or so.
came as a total shock to me, as I'm sure it does to you too, and I spent
much time trying to think up ideas of how to help him and his family through
this very trying time. Anyone who knows Johnny, will also know that he has 4
children to support, and that after so much time not working, things have
become increasingly difficult for them.
I came up with, was to ask fellow musicians to donate a song or tune, which
I could use as part of a compilation download. The Musicians thought it was
a good idea, and we have a resulting download album, with tracks from:
download the album
system works through PAYPAL and the price of the album is only £5.00, and I
will be presenting Johnny with a get well message including everyone's name
on it who buys one!!
There is an event going ahead in Newcastle on the 18th of August. More on
that when I get the info.
help if you can, and pass the link on to anyone who might be interested.
give you this bad news, but many thanks, if you can help.
Regards, Dave Smith