George Thorogood launches promotion to benefit cancer research charity honoring his late wife
By Matt Friedlander/ABC News Radio
George Thorogood recently established the Marla Thorogood Memorial Fund for Ovarian Cancer Research as a way to honor his late wife, Marla, who died of the disease last year.
To raise money for the charity, the veteran rocker has launched a special fan promotion that will run through the end of September, which is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. A limited-edition t-shirt featuring the logo of George's band The Destroyers in the color teal is being sold online, with 100% of the proceeds going to the fund. READ MORE
George Thorogood Announces The Marla Thorogood Memorial Fund for Ovarian Cancer Research
The Legendary Blues/Rocker is Raising Funds in Honor of His Late Wife Marla through an Exclusive Promotion during Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month September 2020
Blues/Rock legend George Thorogood has announced the establishment of the Marla Thorogood Memorial Fund for Ovarian Cancer Research. The fund was formed as a way to honor the memory of Thorogood’s late wife, Marla, who passed away from ovarian cancer in 2019 and to provide vital funds for ovarian cancer research.
Thorogood will launch a unique fan promotion beginning August 1, 2020 which will run through the end of September - Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Beginning in August, a limited-edition t-shirt featuring the Destroyers logo in the color teal will be available for purchase. Teal is the official color of Ovarian Cancer Awareness month. 100% of the net proceeds will go to the fund. A special code will be given to each person with the purchase of the shirt.
The code provides the buyer exclusive access to exciting George Thorogood content and other surprises. That code will only be available to those who purchase a t-shirt to benefit the fund.
Beginning September 1, 2020 fans that have purchased the limited- edition t-shirt will be asked to post photos wearing the shirt(s) and share on their Facebook and Instagram accounts using official tags provided by the Thorogood team. A winner will be randomly chosen from all photos posted. The winner will receive a very special, private virtual visit from George Thorogood where he will deliver a special acoustic performance and conduct a Q&A session with the winner. The promotion is a first of its kind for Thorogood and gives fans the opportunity to have a private visit from the rocker in the comfort of their own home. Details and rules are outlined at www.georgethorogood.com
“I am dedicated to supporting ovarian cancer awareness, education and research that will lead to providing screenings and educating more women about this disease,” said Thorogood. “It is important for women to get annual exams and take charge of their health. My daughter and I want to do what we can to save lives.”
With his band, The Destroyers, Thorogood has released over 20 albums, of which two have been certified Platinum selling 15 million records worldwide. In 2014, the band celebrated their 40 years of being the “baddest-to-the-bone” performers in rock, thrilling audiences around the globe. In 2017, he released his first-ever solo album, Party of One, covering several influences including Johnny Cash to John Lee Hooker.
Proceeds from the Marla Thorogood Memorial Fund will be administered by the T.J. Martell Foundation’s ovarian cancer research program through the laboratory of Dr. Ronald Alvarez at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center in Nashville, TN.
George and Marla Thorogood were married in July of 1985. At the time of Marla’s passing they had been married 34 years and have one daughter, Rio, who has performed with her father and is an accomplished musician and actor in her own right.
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Strong to the bone: George Thorogood says he's focusing on his physical fitness during the pandemic
Like so many artists, George Thorogood has been self-isolating because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and he and his band The Destroyers have canceled or postponed their 2020 tour dates.
The veteran rocker, who turned 70 this past February, tells ABC Audio that while in lockdown, he's been focusing on staying in shape as he waits to see when he'll be able to return to the road.
"I've been concentrating the most on physical fitness, getting my body in the best shape I can possibly get," Thorogood explains. "I was always pretty much into [keeping in shape,] but now, more than ever...You can't be too healthy, and I've been working on that with exercise [and] diet."
George also points out that he's not "neglecting my guitar," so he'll be ready to go when it's time to get back onstage.
As for how he feels about not being able to enjoy live music because of the pandemic, Thorogood points out to ABC Audio that there are many other ways to get your fill of the music you love.
"Music is all around us," he notes. "It's still on the radio. You can play it. You can watch it on TV…So, yeah, it's still there, it's just there in a different form, in a different way. So, if you keep your ears and eyes open, we're still exposed to it. We'll never get away from it."
As for whether the pandemic has affected anyone he knows personally, George says, "I can't say any names of people who are directly involved…but it does affect me personally, because it affects all of us. This isn't just happening to one person. It's happening to the whole world. So in that respect, it's personal."