Baltimore, MA (January 12, 2007)–Musician and producer/engineer J. Robbins, of the bands Jawbox, Burning Airlines and Channels, and Channels bandmate Janet Morgan need your help. Their now-one-year-old baby, Callum, was diagnosed in September with a genetic motor neuron disease called Spinal Muscular Atrophy (Type 1). Though there is no cure for this condition, there are treatments that will give Cal the best quality of life; many of these, especially the alternative treatments, aren’t covered by health insurance.
Type 1 SMA is often fatal, with many sufferers of the disorder dying before the age of two. It affects their ability to crawl, walk, breathe, swallow, and control their head and neck. Those who survive the first couple years are likely to be wheelchair-bound and may require surgery down the line. The condition is an expensive one, especially for parents looking to test out its experimental treatments, which is something Robbins and Morgan would like to do. Please visit www.desotorecords.com/cal/index.shtml to make a donation/learn how you can help.
Geoff Daking recently auctioned off a Daking MPEQ on eBay, with the proceeds going to the Robbins’ fund. J. Robbins is an independent producer/engineer, and works out of his studio, Magpie Cage in the Baltimore area. He’s produced/engineered albums for Jets To Brazil, Bayside, Miranda Sound, Against Me!, Clutch, and a personal favorite, Rahim, among many others.