The organizers of Spikefest 2006, a series of events designed to raise money for D.R.I. guitarist Spike Cassidy, who was recently diagnosed with colon cancer, have sent the following update to BLABBERMOUTH.NET:"Spikefest was started by two friends to raise money for our friend Spike Cassidy from D.R.I. Spike was diagnosed with colon cancer in early 2006, and has been incapacitated for most of the year. "Our original concept was to utilize the resources most readily available to us; bands, venues, and music fans. A single benefit show snowballed into around 40 separate events in USA and Europe. To keep things simple, most take place on one of three consecutive days. Somewhere along the line, Friday 3rd, Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th November started being referred to as Spikefest Weekend. "No longer just two friends, there is now a functioning Spikefest committee whose purpose is to organize and promote Spikefest events. We have team members all over the USA and Europe who are committed to helping this cause and furthering the objectives of Spikefest. "All official Spikefest 2006 events are benefits for Spike. They are endorsed by Spike and the proceeds (minus production costs) are donated directly to the Cassidy family. Each show is run independently by a promoter in that market, which means every event is different. The committee is here to help bands, promoters, venues, fans and friends make and maintain contact with one another. Although we help with organization and promotion as much as possible, we depend upon everyone involved to make each event a success. "The amount of interest in and support for Spikefest 2006 has been unbelievable! We have pledged to make this an annual event. We look forward to more success on an even larger scale! Long after Spike is back on the road with D.R.I., we hope to be raising money for other sick musicians who need help. After all, its not often we are able to give back to those who have given us so much." For more information, visit www.spikefest2006.com.
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