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Porter Robinson’s Second Sky Festival to Benefit Charity

Porter Robinson has started his own charity to benefit the children of Malawi. He will be accepting and matching any donations received at Second Sky Festival.

The kindness and over-all goodness of Porter Robinson never ceases to amaze us. After all, he decided to put on a festival in order to showcase his favorite artists. Then he announced he’s opening his own festival so that fans will come early and watch those other artists. And now, it’s come out that Second Sky will have a massive charity aspect.

In 2016, Porter’s brother Mark was diagnosed with Burkitt lymphoma. In the US, it’s a rare form of cancer with a more than 90% survival rate. Luckily, Mark was among them, and he is now cancer free.

However, in the country of Malawi in Africa, the cancer is much more common, and much more deadly. It’s the most common childhood cancer, and the survival rate there can be as low as 29%.

Porter has just announced his own charity, the Robinson Malawi Fund. He’s working in cooperation with Mark’s doctors at UNC to help improve the survival rate in that country.

At Second Sky, there will be a booth, with Dr. Westmoreland (Mark’s doctor!) that will serve to share information and collect donations for the cause. He’s hoping to raise $50,000 and will match everyone’s donations at the festival.

Porter and Goldenvoice are also going to donate $1 from every ticket sold for the event. The livestream of the festival will also have ways to donate as well.

Together with Porter, we might just be able to make a difference. Thank you Porter, and thank you Dr. Westmoreland and UNC for all that you’re doing.

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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. he had a mass in his abdomen that was doubling in size every 24 hours. mark is pretty much my best friend – it was utterly devastating and one of the most difficult things i've ever been through (and surely a million times worse for him). through mark's own fortitude, and through the high quality of care from his doctors (Drs. Westmoreland & Hipps), nurses and staff at @UNCMedicine, i'm extremely happy to say that, as of February 2017 Mark finished his treatment and is now 100% cancer free and thriving. here's why i'm bringing this up: the survival rate for Burkitt lymphoma in the US is 90% or higher. but for kids in malawi, where it's much more common due to the connection between malaria and this form of cancer, the survival rate can be as low as about 29%. one of Mark’s doctors, Dr. Westmoreland, leads the pediatric cancer program that UNC operates in Malawi. i’m starting a fund in cooperation with UNC to help improve the survival rate in that region so that those families won't have to needlessly lose loved ones. in this case, more resources translates directly into higher survival rates. Second Sky (@secondskyfest) is going to have a booth (with Mark's doctor there!) to share information and accept donations for this cause — we have a goal to raise $50,000 (or hopefully higher) and i'm going to match everyone's donations at the festival! if you’d like to get involved in supporting this cause, you can find more information here (also the link in my bio): www.robinsonmalawifund.org

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