KORN singer Jonathan Davis spoke to Westword about his support for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, an organization with which he became involved because his young son Zeppelin suffers from Type 1 diabetes.
"It's cool to be able to talk to people going through the same things I do," Davis says. "We run into the same problems, like kids eating things they're not supposed to. It just helps. There's no breaks. I can't say, 'Hold on, I don't want to deal with this today.' I do that, and he's dead or in a coma. It's intense."
Davis in 2014 joined forces with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation for a fundraising campaign titled "So Unfair", which was also the name of a new song from the band. Davis said, "I want to support this wonderful organization that is fighting tooth and nail to help these little kids out. It's a horrible disease and I hate seeing kids in pain."
Davis told The Pulse Of Radio about "So Unfair": "It's a song about when my son got Type 1 diabetes, little Zeppy. He was diagnosed with it at five, so it's kind of my — me dealing with that. It's very personal to me so those proceeds of that go to the Junior Diabetes Foundation. I'm trying to do stuff for them to help find a cure."
To date, sales for the single "So Unfair" have raised over $100,000 for the charity.
Zeppelin's struggle with the disease has led Davis and his wife Deven to become deeply involved in raising funds for research.
In a 2014 video message promoting the "So Unfair" campaign, Davis said, "[My son's had Type 1 diabetes] for now a over a year. It's a battle for the parents, it's a battle for him, it's a battle for everybody. It's a horrible disease."
He continued: "It's been very hard dealing with that, because there's a lot involved. I have to constantly monitor his glucose, I have to constantly hurt him and stick him with needles, and he doesn't understand… I really wanna do whatever I can do to make a difference to help find a cure for this. 'Cause it just doesn't affect my son."