Dave Lamb of acclaimed indie folk band Brown Bird still awaits a diagnosis after being admitted to a hospital in Houston on Friday, May 10th. Lamb had been experiencing fatigue and shortness of breath, and an initial blood test determined that he suffers from severe anemia and a dangerously low red blood cell count.
Lamb’s illness has forced him and fellow bandmate MorganEve Swain to cancel their current tour dates. This loss of income, combined with Lamb’s mounting medical expenses, has forced a heavy financial burden upon the duo.
The band posted the following message on their YouCaring webpage, where those who want to help can make a contribution.
Dear Friends, Family and Fans- We need your help.
On Friday night, May 10th, Dave was admitted to a hospital in Houston, TX with complaints of fatigue and shortness of breath. After an initial blood test, we were told he was severely anemic, with dangerously low red blood cell levels. Dave had been fighting and been treated for flu-like symptoms for the past six weeks, but until now we were unaware of the seriousness of his condition. Since admittance into the hospital, he has had several blood transfusions, which he is responding to well, and has undergone several tests to determine what is causing his illness. As of yet we still do not have a diagnosis, but are maintaining optimism.
We will be able to fly home on Saturday to pursue treatment in RI, and will be canceling a large percentage of shows until Dave is well enough to get back on the road. For us, canceling shows means not only disappointing our fans and missing out on what we enjoy most, but also going without income. Since the 10th we’ve already accrued over $29,000 in medical expenses and losses, and will be faced with ongoing expenses once we’re home. We love being full-time musicians, but it can be a financially challenging lifestyle, and without health insurance or day jobs to fall back on, our situation is dire.
We humbly ask you to help us out in any way you can. We set up this fundraiser to help us pay for the medical expenses we’ve already accrued, and for the projected cost of treatments. There are unknowns ahead of us and the possibility for needing more is very real, but we promise to keep you updated and are eternally grateful to the support our friends, family and fans already give us. There’s nothing we want more than to be back on the road, and with your help, we could be back out there very soon.