Saturday, July 27, 2013

Paying METAL Forward!!!

O.K., so...many of you know Jeff as the notorious, prolific and scary horror artist, right? Did you know he also does a bunch of "nice" stuff?? While he has always felt it was extremely important to "give back" by sharing his talent, his latest cause is particularly cool!

                                                                         One of Jeff's most recently completed projects is the logo design and artwork for PAYING METAL FORWARD. The group was founded by a couple of metalheads who had both faced serious medical situations. Many times during their illnesses, these guys were able to think about something else, something badass and fun! This was due in large part to the thoughtfulness and compassion of metal bands, metalheads, and others in the genre across the world who took the time to send little care packages and stuff to help get these guys through.


Jeff had worked with one of the organizations founders (Pete Altieri, bass player/singer for Low Twelve, and of Heavycore Records) on several previous occasions. When Pete asked Jeff if he would be interested in donating his time and talent to create a logo for this awesome group of (cool) philanthropists, Jeff was totally down for it! I mean seriously, how often do many people in general think of serious metal fans as being philanthropic, kindhearted people who would give the shirt off their backs to help another in need!

I will be posting an interview with co-founder, Pete Altieri, here on the blog soon, so I won't go into all the details right at the moment. What I will do, however, is give you a little background from their Facebook page, and link ya up! We would appreciate the hell out of it if you would go check the organization out, and think about what you can do to support their mission. ALSO, if you know of a fellow metal head who could benefit from PAYING METAL FORWARD, contact these guys! Anybody fighting a serious illness or medical condition needs all the support, diversion and encouragement they can get! LET'S GIVE 'EM OURS!

THEY ALSO NEED METAL BANDS!!! Metal bands of ALL kinds who, if asked, would like to support the PMF organization by pledging to send music, shirts, stickers or whatever you can to a metal brother or sister in need if they ask. The guys at PMF want to give those facing serious medical situations a distraction while they are going through such difficult times! It's medically proven that it is beneficial to these patients and yes, METAL CAN WORK MIRACLES!

See Ya Again Soon!
~Stacey
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 Low Twelve - "Crawl Space"

 
**From PAYING METAL FORWARD Facebook Pages-what PMF is all about!!**



Metal heads helping metal heads. Our organization wants to get metal music to metal heads who are suffering or struggling with a serious medical problem.

Paying Metal Forward's mission is to reach out to metal heads who are in real need of a break or diversion from a serious battle they are in. If we can make a metal head forget their situation for a little while, then we have served our purpose!

Paying Metal Forward is an non-profit organization to help fellow metal heads deal with an extremely difficult situation in their lives. As more bands, record labels, and individuals commit to helping the cause, as metal heads apply for help, PMF will make arrangements to have bands, labels and individuals send them music, dvds or anything to help keep their mind off the situation. In some cases, PMF will try to arrange to have band members from their favorite bands call them, or mail them autographed pictures.

PMF makes no promises, but will do our best to get metal heads the help they need to make it through a tough time!

Paying Metal Forward was founded by metal heads Pete Altieri and Chris Kovacs. Both wanted to start the organization during the summer of 2013 as a way to help fellow metal heads who were struggling with a serious disease or a similar crisis.
Pete Altieri, bass player/singer for Low Twelve fought his own battle with testicular cancer during the summer of 2001. After collapsing after a show in May of 2001, Pete was taken to the hospital and within only a few minutes was told that he likely had cancer. Blood tests confirmed the diagnosis and after having the tumor removed, Pete had to undergo intensive chemo to tackle the many tumors that were spread throughout his body. With the help of family, friends, and the legions of Low Twelve fans, Pete was able to remain strong and determined to beat the 50/50 odds he was given for survival. Oddly enough, on 9/11/01 he was told that his cancer was in remission. This coming September 11th will mark twelve years cancer free!

Chris Kovacs found out on March 5, 2013 that he had a perforated colon due to a mass that literally was strangling his colon. After emergency surgery to remove the mass it was determined that he had stage 4 colon cancer and the cells had spread to his liver. It was at this time that he was contacted by Pete - a former Bethel High School (CT) classmate and fellow metal head. Pete was one of many friends who reached out to Chris in his hour of need.

Pete contacted metal bands throughout the US to send Chris CDs, DVDs, or whatever they could spare to help keep his mind off cancer. Chris was buried in packages from metal heads across the country. In addition, Pete arranged phone calls from two musicians that were in one of Chris' all time favorite bands - Fates Warning. These calls helped inspire Chris and gave him the resolve to fight the good fight.

Chris said, "I told Pete as soon as I am better I would like to pay it forward. Pete had the same idea and together we came up with the idea of helping people who suffer from any medical issue. I am still going through treatment and my prognosis is to be fully cured by November. I have to believe that the reason why I am doing so well is due to people who I have never met helping a fellow metal head. Not only am I a co-founder of Paying Metal Forward but the first client. \m/"
Any metal head - of any age, who is struggling with any major medical issue can contact us at metalforward@lowtwelve.com or on twitter @MetalForward and we will be in touch. We will need to verify your claim, but only to weed out the people who really need our help. Please understand we are not looking to profit from this in the least. Only to help fellow metal heads who need it - just as others have helped Chris and Pete battle their cancer as well. Brothers helping brothers - or sisters!

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