Launching a crowd-funded campaign for stolen gear is one thing; after all, equipment can always be replaced with time, money and patience. The prohibitive cost of health insurance for many artists is another, especially when it comes to high risk procedures like the brain surgery Black Rebel Motorcycle Club drummer Leah Shapiro had recently. As pointed out by NME, mounting medical bills have led to a GoFundMe page asking for donations to aid in her recovery over the months ahead. Fans looking to buy something that goes straight towards her expenses can also find a new “I Want to Beleah” T-shirt design on the band’s Web store.
“Many of you have asked what you can do to help support her and help her get through this,” band representative Ian Ottaway wrote on GoFundMe. “I think we should all put a dollar in the motorcycle helmet and pass it around. Motorcycle club members always help out fellow members and especially the President of the club, good heavens! All donations will go towards Leah’s surgery and recovery. I thank you in advance for your help and support.”
Shapiro joined Black Rebel Motorcycle Club in 2008, replacing their co-founder/mess of a member Nick Jago. She underwent surgery earlier this month after seeking help for symptoms like dizziness, insomnia, headaches, tingling/numbness in her hands and a stiff neck. While she is currently unable to play, the trio is currently mixing a live album that captures last year’s Specter At the Feast tour. Check out a video from it below: