Let's help Jason Becker

The folks who work hard to bring you the extremely extreme each week might be cantankerous but that doesn't mean we don't look out for our fellow man. Case in point: the gifted guitarist Jason Becker, who was struck with with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), which most readers know as Lou Gehrig's disease. The disease is horrifying: it kills nerve cells that control muscles and eventually robs the affected of the ability to walk, speak and breathe.

Becker wasn't supposed to live past 25. Yet here he is at 44, still fighting and hoping for a breakthrough. Let's do our part to help kick this disease.

Our Bay Area friends should consider attending a benefit for Becker tomorrow night (Sept. 19th) at Bimbo's 365 Club in San Francisco. There will be a special screening of a documentary on Becker's life to benefit Jason and ALS research. You can learn more on the flyer above and purchase tickets here. Scott Ian of Anthrax and his wife, Pearl, will provide the music.

Friends and readers outside of the Bay Area -- you can help, too. Please consider making a donation to The ALS Association.

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