Sam Andrew Medical Expense Fund

For: Elise Piliwale
Organizer: Friends of Sam & Elise
$14,658
of $15,000 goal.
Raised by 210 donors
97% Complete
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

While keeping the original description we also wish to add that our brother Sam passed away in the arms of his loving wife Elise at 5:15 pm on February 12th, 2015. The donations are being used for both the medical bills incurred from 10 weeks in the ICU. His wife took family leave from her job to be by Sam's side while he was in the hospital and spent most of that time in San Francisco, the city where Big Brother and The Holding Company was conceived and a city they both love.

As most of you already know, Sam Andrew, a founding member of Big Brother and the Holding Company, had a heart attack in early December 2014. Since that time he's battled infections, setbacks and had multiple surgeries in an attempt to save his life. This fund is to help his family with the mounting expenses and medical bills incurred during that time.

Sam has been known to help many people in need from playing benefit concerts and giving free interviews to mentoring aspiring singers and musicians. This is now our chance to give back.

We will always know Big Brother and The Holding Company as the breakout band at the Monterey Pop Festival which skyrocketed Big Brother and The Holding Company with singer Janis Joplin to stardom. With his long flowing hair, blue eyes and impish smile, he was a representation of the 1960s San Francisco music scene.

Not only is Sam a musician and composer but an amazing artist as well. His paintings have been exhibited in several bay area galleries. As a linguist he speaks a myriad of languages and is known for his vast knowledge of any topic.

Sam has given us a lifetime of creativity and intellectual musings for free. Now is our chance to help out a brother in need.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on June 13, 2015

Posted on June 13, 2015

Thank you everyone for your donations to cover Sam's medical expenses. Your help will never be forgotten. Friends of Sam and Elise

Posted on April 26, 2015

Posted on April 26, 2015

Thank you to everyone who has helped Elise and Sam's family through this trying time. From the kind words to the gracious donations that have been a huge help and much appreciated. Sincerely, friends of Sam & Elise.

Posted on April 14, 2015

Posted on April 14, 2015

Originally we were going to end this fundraiser today but have been asked to keep it going for a couple more weeks in hopes of reaching our goal and to give Elise time to write a message to those who have given so generously to help her out. The new end date is 4/30/15.

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