Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Calling friends of Shayne from FKON

I don't know what cancer has against the North Carolina music scene, but this is really starting to get ridiculous. I recently found out  that Shayne (O'Neill) Miel, the frontman for Future Kings of Nowhere, has been fighting lung cancer for a few months, and just got word that it has spread to his brain. His doctors at UNC are moving forward with an aggressive treatment that will take most of the year. He and his wife, Rebekah are updating this blog about his fight. 

Fiona Barrett, a friend of Shayne and Rebekah, is putting together a photo album to help keep Shayne's spirits up. Here's where the friends part comes in:

I'm going to make a book of photos for Rebekah and Shayne - can you take a photo of yourself holding up a sign for Shayne? Good luck, or we love you, or cancer sucks but you rule, or whatever! Any kind of loving or friendly sign.

You can even just print out a computer sign - or go a bit wilder with glitter, or do something in the sand, or a chalkboard, or anything!

Send the jpg to -- hopefully in the next few days. I'll put them in a book all together. It might be something to brighten a few minutes or make him laugh.

Also -- can you please pass this to any of his friends? I only know a few of their friends and am going through as many avenues as possible. We'd love the book to have a whole slew of people wishing them well from everywhere.

Thanks so much!
-- fiona

She also wrote the following when asked if I could put this on my blog:

- the more the merrier
- getting one done is more important than making it perfect!
- send a decent resolution pic to

As someone who has had to deal with cancer in my immediate family, and among good friends like Snuzz, I can say that it absolutely sucks for everybody - the loved ones, the caretakers, and most especially the person who has to deal with it. If you can do something to show Shayne you support him, please do so. The photo above is by Matt. 

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