DEF LEPPARD's RICK ALLEN To Lead Drum Circle Today

Alicia Doyle of VenturaCountyStar.com reports: DEF LEPPARD drummer Rick Allen will never forget the support he received after losing his arm in a car crash in 1984.

"Everyone was there for me; I got letters from all over the place, places I couldn't even pronounce," said Allen, 44, who continued drumming with the British rock band after the amputation of his left arm.

His loss and famous subsequent recovery led to the Raven Drum Foundation, a nonprofit organization with a mission to empower those in crisis through healing arts programs, drumming events and partnerships that support global healing.

"The Raven Drum Foundation is really a way for me to give back," said Allen, a Malibu resident whose accident occurred near Sheffield, England. "If I can give back where I live, somehow it will come back to me."

Hoping to empower individuals using the power of the drum, Allen will facilitate a Raven drum circle starting at 3 p.m. today at the Topanga Community House in Topanga.

It has been demonstrated through studies that drumming decreases stress, boosts the immune system and can aid in reprogramming pain patterns in the body, said Lauren Monroe, Allen's wife and co-founder of the organization.

Read more at VenturaCountyStar.com.

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