A small but loyal team of fans of musician Brian Ray have stunned their hero with a surprise pledge of $850 to the MD Anderson Cancer Center in memory of his late brother – bringing the total amount raised for various charities to over $2000.
Brian Ray’s beloved brother Stephen Howard Ray lost his battle with cancer on the 1st October 2012, and since then team of fans, identifying themselves as the Whooray Team, have been collecting together as much money as possible to help support MD Anderson Cancer Center in Texas.
While the tiny team are scattered far and wide around the world, their love for Brian and the good causes he stands for has turned out to be a unifying combination. In the spirit of charity and all in the (admittedly overwhelmed) musicians name, the total of donations made currently stands at around $2150.
The most current donation will go towards retroperitoneal Liposarcoma Research and hopefully help combat a disease that is the blight of too many people’s lives. The Center’s aim is not only to eliminate cancer in Texas but the entire world through outstanding programs that integrate patient care, research and prevention, and through education for undergraduate and graduate students, trainees, professionals, employees and the public.
Brian took to social networking site Facebook to express his gratitude at the gesture, posting:
While the money will undoubtedly go far, this isn’t the first time the generous fans have been this charitable: After the wrap party for Brian’s debut album Mondo Magneto, the Whooray Team donated around $650 in his name to MusiCares, a foundation set up for musicians to be able to turn to in times of financial, personal and medical crisis. Then on January 5th 2012 they again surprised Brian with a special birthday gift by pledging $650 to the MD Anderson Cancer Center.