Les Claypool sets up site for nephew

While Primus followers will rejoice knowing that Les Claypool and chums will, indeed, be celebrating their 20th Anniversary New Year’s Eve concerts next week at Oakland’s Fox Theater, there’s a darker, less celebratory aspect to the affair that the bandleader is almost uncomfortable mentioning. But it’s worth a quick reminder, especially in this season of warm-hearted giving.

This July, Claypool’s kid brother Ron and his wife gave birth to what they believed to be a healthy baby boy named Matthew. But on Sept. 22, their son was emergency-airlifted to Stanford Medical Center, where he was diagnosed with ALL — acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

Claypool posted this earnest request on his website. With a minimum treatment period of at least three years, the family’s medical expenses are already skyrocketing. So they’ve set up a site where Primus fans — or just kind people, in general — can donate to this extremely personal cause.

Ron has also launched his own hydroponics business in Monterey, Green Gopher Garden Supply, so you can show long-term support at that site, too www.greengopheronline.com. Especially in this day and age, one serious illness can completely bankrupt a family in no time flat. So even if you can’t make it to one of the Primus gigs next week, you can help Claypool in a roundabout fashion by donating to Matthew’s cause.

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