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Metalheads Raise Money For Ill Baby

Wausau, Wisconsin's Wausau Daily Herald reports: When eight area heavy metal/punk/rock bands from north central Wisconsin performed as part of a fundraiser at Coral Lanes last weekend, they had hoped to raise about $1,000, maybe $1,500.

The bands were playing for 1-year-old Keyshon Ivey and his family. Born with short-gut syndrome, Keyshon has been in and out of hospitals since birth. More recently, he has been in Omaha to treat the syndrome. Doctors have been working at Nebraska Medical Center to prevent the need for a bowel transplant.

Keyshon is the son of Holly Mecikalski and her boyfriend, Randal Ivey. Mecikalski really isn't a fan of heavy metal music, but her brother, Nate Toschner, 30, is a guitarist for the Wausau chunk metal band ALL FEAR ASIDE.

When word got out in the metal community about Toschner's nephew, they banded together to do something about it. That's when the "Save Baby Keyshon" fundraiser took off. The lead organizer of the event was Aric "Sheek" Chil'-Cote. In addition to ALL FEAR ASIDE, the bands REPEATED TRAUMA, PREY ON HOPE, BEYOND THERAPY, X YOUR EYES, LOWER CLASS CITIZENS, SOLANUM PLAGUE and PONEY took the stage.

It all went so much better than Sheek and others had imagined. They raised about $3,100 to help offset medical costs and to help pay living expenses for the family.

Source: Blabbermouth

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1. Public Execution writes:

This kind of stuff helps disporve the stereotype that all metalheads are evil, hate everybody, and don't care about anything.

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2. EpicNeckbeard writes:

Bands im my area do stuff like this all the time... Last year my band was part of an all day fest for a local teens family who got killed by a drunk driver. The money we raised paid for most of the funeral costs which was pretty cool.

# Jan 27, 2008 @ 4:35 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. inhatredofme writes:

it's good to see the metal community reach out to help someone, gives you that warm fuzzy feeling like....setting a bear on fire.

# Jan 27, 2008 @ 4:45 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Ag0nY4aLL writes:

Thats pretty freaking awesome. Pretty weird to see my town on MetalUnderground and Blabbermouth.

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5. Diamond Oz writes:

Of course you're happier it's on MetalUnderground :)

# Jan 27, 2008 @ 6:41 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Mind Rapist writes:

panteradude: if your serious I hope you f***ing die in the most long lasting sadistic way possible. your an a$$hole and deserve to die

# Jan 27, 2008 @ 6:45 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Ag0nY4aLL writes:

Well of course, thats where I read it. I hardly check Blabbermouth.

# Jan 27, 2008 @ 6:48 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. rk writes:

thats pretty cool hospitals are frikkin expensive i hope that baby recovers.

# Jan 27, 2008 @ 7:17 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. Kalis_wrath writes:

Not a fan of charity, but am a fan of metalers doing things like this to atleast help a kid out and help the metal community not look like what the mass media makes us seem. Glad to see that they did not burn a church or kill someone.

# Jan 27, 2008 @ 7:26 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. Westfallen writes:

Agony4all, I agree. It's also cool to see someone from Wausau on here...I'm from Point.

# Jan 27, 2008 @ 7:56 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. Kalis_wrath writes:

Am I the only Washigtonite on here? Wa is a great state for metalers. Especially for me a black metal fan and of Swedish blood.

# Jan 27, 2008 @ 8:45 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. Terminator writes:

well, im from IA, abbreviation-wise that's pretty close to WA. lol.

# Jan 27, 2008 @ 11:58 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. Kalis_wrath writes:

Termie, (your dorky nickname from me) your funny! I work alot and having time to find local friends is rare. I just moved here 6 almost 7 months ago. Oh well. You boys are good enough for me and have my best friend here too. :)

# Jan 28, 2008 @ 12:14 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. Ag0nY4aLL writes:

Ah stevens point eh? Just was there a few hours ago.

# Jan 28, 2008 @ 2:37 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. BoltThrower writes:

Next punk band name: Short Gut Syndrome.

# Jan 28, 2008 @ 8:32 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. Zero 54 writes:

I also live in Wausau didn't go to the event, because i didn't hear about it, country dominates North Central Wisconsin. Metal does save lives

# Jan 28, 2008 @ 6:30 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. Kalis_wrath writes:

*LOL* Bolt thrower, as insencitive(sp?) as it sounds that was pretty funny!

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