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Porter Robinson launches fund to aid childhood cancer in developing countries

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Porter Robinson recently teased new music is in the works, which would be the release of his first original material since 2014. More importantly, he recently took to his social media to announce the launch of the Robinson Malawi Fund.

The fund was started in conjunction with the University of North Carolina to focus on increasing the survival rate of cancer patients in developing countries. The fund will work towards building and providing resources for children inflicted by Burkitt lymphoma in Malawi, East Africa.

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in november of 2016, my then 17-year-old younger brother Mark was hospitalized with a rare and aggressive form of cancer called Burkitt lymphoma. he had a mass in his abdomen that was doubling in size every 24 hours. mark is pretty much my best friend – it was utterly devastating and one of the most difficult things i've ever been through (and surely a million times worse for him). through mark's own fortitude, and through the high quality of care from his doctors (Drs. Westmoreland & Hipps), nurses and staff at @UNCMedicine, i'm extremely happy to say that, as of February 2017 Mark finished his treatment and is now 100% cancer free and thriving. here's why i'm bringing this up: the survival rate for Burkitt lymphoma in the US is 90% or higher. but for kids in malawi, where it's much more common due to the connection between malaria and this form of cancer, the survival rate can be as low as about 29%. one of Mark’s doctors, Dr. Westmoreland, leads the pediatric cancer program that UNC operates in Malawi. i’m starting a fund in cooperation with UNC to help improve the survival rate in that region so that those families won't have to needlessly lose loved ones. in this case, more resources translates directly into higher survival rates. Second Sky (@secondskyfest) is going to have a booth (with Mark's doctor there!) to share information and accept donations for this cause — we have a goal to raise $50,000 (or hopefully higher) and i'm going to match everyone's donations at the festival! if you’d like to get involved in supporting this cause, you can find more information here (also the link in my bio):

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Burkitt lymphoma form of fast-growing cancer. In 2016, Porter Robinson’s little brother Mark was diagnosed with the Burkitt lymphoma, but he won his battle thanks to intensive treatment at the University of North Carolina Hospital. Since then, Mark has been cancer-free since February 2017. However, for children in Malawi, the survival rate dips from 90% in the United States to as low as 29%.

Porter Robinson’s self-curated Second Sky festival in California’s Bay Area – which sold out in less than an hour – will host a booth for the fund where donations can be made. Robinson stated he will match all the proceeds made and hopes to raise $50,000 or more at Second Sky.

The Second Sky festival is headlined by Robinson’s beloved Worlds live set and opens with a performance from his side project Virtual Self. It also includes l performances from Madeon, G Jones, Nina Las Vegas, Kero Kero Bonito and more. The event will be live streamed on Twitch, and fans watching at home will also have an opportunity to donate.

Second Sky festival comes to the Bay Area’s Middle Harbor Shoreline Park on Saturday and Sunday, June 15 and 16.

You may learn more about the fund here. Let us know what you think on Facebook and Twitter!

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