Musicians rally in support of Eric Gales, who has been hit with COVID-19
Joe Bonamassa and Walter Trout hopped on social media to raise awareness for the campaign.
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Members of the blues community – including Joe Bonamassa and Walter Trout – are raising awareness for a GoFundMe page that has been set up in support of guitarist Eric Gales and his wife and bandmate LaDonna Gales, who are both recovering from COVID-19.
The GoFundMe page was created by Larry Walker, a friend of the Gale family who said that the money would go towards covering the musicians’ medical and living expenses.
“The Gales are a very proud family and would never ask for help but I have watched these two give back to their community so many times,” Walker said. “Helping the homeless or just someone in need that was without hope. They are so deserving of the same compassion! Let’s please show them the same love that they’ve shown so many!”
In support of the GoFundMe campaign, Joe Bonamassa took to social media today (13 October) to urge fans to donate what they can to help the Gales family.
“My friends Eric Gales and his wife LaDonna are struggling with COVID-19. Anything we can do for them to offset their medical expenses would be a big help,” Bonamassa wrote.
Blues musician and singer-songwriter Walter Trout also supported the campaign.
“Eric Gales is one of the greatest musicians and finest human beings on the planet,” Trout said in a Facebook post. “He is now in the hospital suffering with COVID-19 and he needs our help. His amazing wife, LaDonna Gales, is also suffering with the virus. Let’s help them.”
Responding to the immense show of support from fans and peers, Eric Gales showed his appreciation in a post made to Facebook.
“I’d like to thank y’all from the bottom of our hearts. Me and LaDonna are hanging in there,” Gales wrote. “All of you guys prayers and donations are bringing us much needed relief and joy that prayer still works.”
Donations to the Gale family can be made through gofundme.com
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