The "Thrash Out Cancer" benefit concert for WARBEAST and RIGOR MORTIS vocalist Bruce Corbitt will take place on Sunday, April 1 at at Acadia Bar & Grill (Acadia Live) in Houston, Texas. All proceeds from the event will go towards Corbitt's medical expenses. Those unable to attend who would still like to help may donate via FundRazr.
Corbitt began his fight against esophageal cancer in 2017. He went through extreme radiation and chemotherapy treatment before they could attempt surgery. Just when everyone thought Bruce would surely be out of the woods, his first doctor's visit in 2018 brought him the horrible news that the cancer was still there and that it was at Stage 4. Doctors gave Bruce a three-to-six-month prognosis. Due to issues with insurance companies not wanting to approve a second opinion at MD Anderson in Houston, Bruce was forced to use a second opinion in Dallas. His hopes were raised when he was told there was a trial that he could be part of and that there was great results from this trial. A week after signing all the paperwork for the trial treatment, Bruce received a phone call advising him that, unfortunately, his cancer was one that was not treatable with the trial treatment. Bruce was upset, but he didn't let that stop him from fighting — he just finished his second round of extreme chemo treatments.
At this moment, Bruce's medical bills from 2017 alone total over $1 million in charges. There is no telling what 2018 will bring for the medical bill totals.
Becky and Dennis Dorsett of the band EPIC DEATH have been longtime friends of Bruce Corbitt — you might say they are more like family than just friends. When Becky and Dennis heard about Bruce's continued fight against Stage 4 cancer, they contacted Tommy Skinner of Acadia Bar & Grill and asked for a date to hold a benefit for Team Corbitt.
"Thrash Out Cancer" will feature performances by EPIC DEATH and SCROLLKEEPER, with more bands to be announced leading up to the benefit. Tickets will cost $5 at the doors, and doors open at 7:00 p.m. Raffles and a silent auction will take place, featuring several unique items like a leather vest worn by Larry Barragan of HELSTAR during tour, a woman's leather cloak, a painting by Julie Hart, and more. Raffle items received so far include CDs and merchandise from EPIC DEATH, Rockwell Anderson Brick & Mortar Music Mecca T-shirts, Ellefson Coffee autographed by David Ellefson, Rockwell Anderson cap autographed by C.J. of DROWNING POOL, as well as many more donations from local Houston bands. The event will be broadcast live by TexasEdgeRadio.com. Official event t-shirts printed by Blacksmith Design and sponsored by Shannon Clark will also be available for purchase at the event. All purchase funds will go to Bruce Corbitt's medical expenses.
If your band would like to perform at the "Thrash Out Cancer" benefit to help raise money for Bruce Corbitt, please e-mail [email protected]
Bruce's wife, Jeanna Corbitt, says: "I can't even imagine my world without my husband in it. We both feel so cheated out of our future together at this point. We try to make the best of every moment we have together, even when he feels terrible. He's such a brave and tough man... MY Superhero!"
Dennis Dorsett, who co-organized "Thrash Out Cancer" with Becky Dorsett, adds: "Bruce is my first thrash metal hero, from the moment we met back in our teenage years it has always been an honor to call him not only a friend but a brother." Becky adds: "Bruce and Jeanna are family first and foremost. Their trials become our trials and we stand together united to help anyway that we can."
Adrenaline PR CEO/president Maria Ferrero says: "Bruce Corbitt is not only a sweetheart and a badass, but someone that I call a friend. He is one of us, and now is the time that we as a community should do anything we can to help."
Bruce's WARBEAST bandmate Scott Shelby adds, "I admire Bruce's bravery and will to fight his battle with cancer. He has been headstrong in facing the facts and doing what he can to beat it while keeping good spirits and still loving his fans and family. His will is not going to break no matter what the news, and I look up to him for not giving up. His will may beat it alone, you never know. He is a good man and is a great influence to many people. I believe in him and he will win!"
For more information visit the "Thrash Out Cancer" Facebook event page.