Help Bernie Worrell Fight Lung Cancer

For: Bernie Worrell
Everson, WA
Organizer: Friends of Bernie Worrell
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The Story

Bernie Worrell is facing a harrowing illness. 


Bernie is an inspired musician who has helped to shape the face of modern music. From his days as one of the founders of the legendary Parliament-Funkadelic, to his groundbreaking work with Talking Heads, Material, Praxis, and dozens more, Bernie Worrell’s pioneering use of synthesizers and emerging keyboard technologies has transcended musical genres and touched us all.

He is a musical force, a legend in our time, and an exceptional human being known for his creative warmth, generosity of spirit, and his deep commitment to his ideals. He is much beloved by family, friends, and legions of fans.

Now, Bernie needs our help. 


Recently Bernie learned he has fourth-stage lung cancer which has metastasized to his liver and pleural areas. Bernie and his wife Judie need the means to act quickly and aggressively to pursue the very best medical care. 


Bernie’s course of treatment is not covered by insurance. He and Judie need funds immediately to help him get medical care for this fast-spreading disease. All money raised will go directly to supporting Bernie’s medical expenses and other related expenses. 

No donation is too small. Please help in whatever amount you can. Let's return some of the love that Bernie has shared selflessly with us for over forty years. 

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on March 25, 2016

Posted on March 25, 2016

Hello All! Thanks again for your wonderful support of Bernie during this very trying time. His wife Judie has posted this update: Bernie met with his oncologist. Not-so-good news: cancer has spread since first scan back in December BUT not a whole lot. 

Good news: Bernie will now go on Opdivo instead of chemo: “Opdivo was only for patients with a very specific type and stage of disease: squamous, non-small cell lung cancer that has already metastasized and is already resistant to platinum-based chemotherapy. This is only a small percentage of the patients living with lung cancer. This drug (and many others that are currently in drug company pipelines, including a rival named Keytruda (pembrolizumab)) is in a brand new class of therapeutics called immunotherapies or immuno-oncology drugs. Most cancer-fighting treatments are designed to kill cancer cells. But immunotherapies are different. They are not designed to kill the cancer cells. They are designed to help your own body’s normal immune system work better so that IT can kill the cancer cells.” 
He starts this on Thursday, March 24." 

Please continue to spread the word about this campaign so that we can offer Bernie as much support as possible while his is bravely fighting cancer. Thank you again for your love and support. They are deeply appreciated!

Posted on February 11, 2016

Posted on February 11, 2016

We'd like to send huge thanks to the over 300 of Bernie's friends and fans who have come together and helped raise significant funding for his cancer treatment through this campaign. Bernie is in the midst of both chemotherapy and alternative treatments that help fight the disease and help keep his body strong enough to receive the continued course of chemotherapy. He recently had a follow-up visit with the oncologist, and the three different approaches that were decided on seem to be working. While it is far to early for anything definitive, Bernie and Judie are beginning to feel some hope for the first time. Bernie has another round of chemotherapy beginning on March 5th. As we all know, this treatment can be incredibly costly, and it is our goal to support Bernie so that he can continue the ideal treatment for his circumstances. Please continue to share this campaign with your family and friends, and ask that people share it as much as possible on their social media outlets. Every bit of funding makes a difference! Much love and gratitude to all of you! 



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