in July 2012, Tom was diagnosed with a Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM). GBM is a type of brain cancer; it's a disease that is uniquely aggressive. Tom's condition has made many of us -- Tom's family and friends -- think hard about the work he's done and the way he's helped many musicians think about music.
Through the help of a handful of exraordinarily big-hearted people, a benefit concert was pulled together on March 3rd 2013 at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. We celebrated his life with him there -- he stood on the floor in front of the stage laughing and crying, listening to some of his favorite bands. It was a stupendous evening.
Tom is someone who has given plenty to the musical life of San Francisco's independent artists. People from all over the country rocked out at the benefit! Others who couldn't make it expressed a desire to contribute. Well, here is the spot to do that!
There was no doubt that the outpouring of love and care had its own curative powers. But, the tumor proved to be meaner still and has progressed to where he is no longer able to stay at home safely. All donations will go to pay medical bills and the cost of care at the hospice.