An update on the GoFundMe project for terminally ill Big Wreck guitarist, Brian Doherty

Brian Doherty, who was a member of Ian Thornley’s Big Wreck for years, has been battling a terminal case of cancer for nearly a year now. The financial toll on his family (especially his mom) has been severe.

The good news is that a GoFundMe project is nearing its goal of raising $25,000. It’s less than $900 away.

Brian is extremely touched by the generosity. He’s very ill, but he posted this on the GoFundMe page this morning.

Sorry for not posting sooner but I’ve been really sick.

As hard as the realization is that this is a terminal condition, there is one bright spot. Through this whole process I have been able to reflect on some of the best moments of my life. I have been blessed with so many things, not the least of which has been being able to use the gift of music, playing in Big Wreck, through whom I have met many wonderful people in so many great places. I realize that even though these experiences are passing, life is still really good.

We have been praying for a miracle from God; for a cure. But a miracle has been all around me from the very start. Many moments along the way have brought me to tears in recognition.

I have people that have wrapped me with a love that is overwhelming. I am so thankful for my “Angel Gang”! Al Bettridge, Anita Nethercott, James Anger, Scott Archer, Nina Skowronski, Tim Seeton, Tony, Tina Power Doherty, Ian Thornley, Dave McMillan, Paulo Neta, Chuck Keeping, Glen and Linda Morris and Buk. They have shown me what Godly kindness is truly all about. Sometimes you need to just see God “with skin on” as they say. They clean my apartment, my clothes, buy me meals, transport me and so many other countless things to care for me… more than I deserve.

So through this all I have been very grateful for family and friends and to you the fans. Thank you all for your kindness in words and deeds. Sharing Big Wreck music with you all these years has been my great privilege. Your love and generosity toward me is astounding! 

The really hard part, even more than the physical, has been from an emotional perspective. I am grateful for my sobriety. I am not escaping my emotional pain by turning to drink or drugs. My AA program and the people I have met through it have shown me a way to accept death enough to enjoy what is left. Acceptance is the key. 

I used to turn to vice to find peace when in stress. I have now found peace in recovery. I have always had faith, but as things got worse, I did not back away from it; I drew closer to God. If anything, it’s a lesson to each and every one of us. Lean in to your faith while you can. 

Some of the funds will be put to good use helping defray the costs of alternative treatments to ease the physical pain of these last days. The remaining funds will provide for my Mom and my family in my absence. May God Bless you all and thank you again.
– Brian Doherty

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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