The magic of Porter Robinson is truly indescribable. From his earlier tracks like ‘Language‘ up to ‘Shelter‘ with his close friend Madeon, the modern day genius is a master of putting all his heart and soul through his work. Not only does Porter tirelessly graft to provide top quality music, but he has also now set up his own festival: Second Sky Festival. Heading to California’s Bay Area at Middle Harbour Shoreline Park over June 15 and 16, 2019, the festival is set be packed out for its entirety, with both days selling out instantly. With a mass of tickets purchased, Robinson has now revealed that a donation from each ticket will go to the Robinson Malawi Fund.
The fund was set up to help the people of Malawi fight against Burkitt lymphoma, a type of cancer that has devastating effects on the children of Malawi. The most common form of cancer in Malawi, with a survival rate of just 29%, this aggressive form of cancer hit the Robinson family in 2016, when Porter’s younger brother Mark Robinson was diagnosed. Rare in the US, the cancer was battled hard by Mark, with the help of treatment at the University of North Carolina Hospital, and Mark successfully overcame Burkitt lymphoma. Following his battle, the Robinson Malawi Fund was set up, and from every ticket bought for Second Sky Festival, $1 will go directly to this fund. Dr. Kate Westmoreland – one of Mark’s doctors – who leads a paediatric cancer program in Malawi named UNC Project-Malawi will be on site at Second Sky Festival, available to chat with attendees who wish to learn more about the mission and contribute more to the cause. Porter has also announced that he will match any donations, aiming to hit a total of $50,000 for the fund.
With performances at the festival from Porter, Madeon, Cashmere Cat, and Porter’s alias Virtual Self opening the festival, encouraging fans to come early and catch the array of talent on show. Check out Porter’s recent post about the Robinson Malawi Fund below.
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in november of 2016, my then 17-year-old younger brother Mark was hospitalized with a rare and aggressive form of cancer called Burkitt lymphoma. he had a mass in his abdomen that was doubling in size every 24 hours. mark is pretty much my best friend – it was utterly devastating and one of the most difficult things i’ve ever been through (and surely a million times worse for him). through mark’s own fortitude, and through the high quality of care from his doctors (Drs. Westmoreland & Hipps), nurses and staff at @UNCMedicine, i’m extremely happy to say that, as of February 2017 Mark finished his treatment and is now 100% cancer free and thriving. here’s why i’m bringing this up: the survival rate for Burkitt lymphoma in the US is 90% or higher. but for kids in malawi, where it’s much more common due to the connection between malaria and this form of cancer, the survival rate can be as low as about 29%. one of Mark’s doctors, Dr. Westmoreland, leads the pediatric cancer program that UNC operates in Malawi. i’m starting a fund in cooperation with UNC to help improve the survival rate in that region so that those families won’t have to needlessly lose loved ones. in this case, more resources translates directly into higher survival rates. Second Sky (@secondskyfest) is going to have a booth (with Mark’s doctor there!) to share information and accept donations for this cause — we have a goal to raise $50,000 (or hopefully higher) and i’m going to match everyone’s donations at the festival! if you’d like to get involved in supporting this cause, you can find more information here (also the link in my bio): www.robinsonmalawifund.org