Thomas Schmitt is a fixture on the Real City rock and roll scene — he’s a regular at our shows down there, and a big supporter of local rock and roll. He’s also the father of a beautiful little girl named Aurora.
A couple of months ago, Aurora fell ill, and the subsequent doctor’s visits brought bad news. She was diagnosed with a sarcoma and wound up in the children’s hospital in Columbia, where she would remain for more than two months. The good news is that she seems to be responding to treatment (both chemo and radiotherapy), and got to go home yesterday after a 73-day hospital stay.
The more challenging news is that the tumor damaged her optic nerves, and she is now blind.
She’s getting better, and that’s a blessing, but there’s a lot of road ahead for the little girl and her family, and it won’t be cheap. That’s why The Berries, along with four other bands of the loud and fast persuasion, will be playing a benefit show at our Art Bar home base on Friday night. The minimum donation is five bucks, but you can give as much as you wish. And if you can’t make it to the show, there’s also a Go Fund Me account for Aurora and her family. One way or the other, it’d be great if you could stop by and bring a little sunshine to a kid named after the goddess of the dawn.