Johnny Venus is our hero

Dear friends,

We have some heavy news and urge you to read this in its entirety and help spread the word.  

A week or so ago Greek Fire and Story of the Year returned from our tour in Japan.  Johnny wasn’t feeling normal.  Hesitant to see a doctor due to having no insurance he attributed what he was experiencing to jetlag. After a few days with no change and some loving encouragement he went for a blood test.  Within hours he was admitted to the hospital with alarming results.  After multiple agonizing days and dozens of tests the doctors informed him that he had Leukemia.  

This has jarred perspective in a way we couldn’t have imagined otherwise.  This is truly a man that deserves the world.  He’s dealt with a lot of ups and downs this week as you can imagine. Johnny is in for one hell of a battle, perhaps the battle of his life, but he is a fighter. He is going to face this thing head on, one day at a time, with every ounce of strength he has. He is going to make it through this. 

This is a terrible disease where the minds of the patient and everyone that loves them feels helpless.  He is staying strong and fighting it with brilliant positive energy.   All of us around him are doing everything we can to help out with day to day things and keeping family, friends and fans updated on how he’s doing.

Johnny is at a fantastic hospital under great care and surrounded by people that love him. All things considered, Johnny is supremely lucky to have access to the proper care and treatment this country has to offer. However, like millions of americans, (and like most aspiring artists and musicians)  he does not currently have health insurance. Needless to say, this is a major issue. We are in communication with different organizations that can really make a difference with Johnny’s situation. We are also in the process of setting up an outlet for donations as well as discussing viable fundraising options. As soon as we have concrete plans, it goes without saying that we will let everyone know how they can help Johnny fight this battle.

Anyone that knows Johnny can tell you that he is a top notch human being. He would do anything for any one of his friends and family without hesitation or thought of himself. He is our brother. He is our band-mate. We are going to do everything possible to help him through this. He has so much to look forward to and so much to live for. 

We want to keep everyone in the loop through blogs and things and give people a chance any way they can to help him whether its through his charity site, fundraisers or just posting your love and support on his twitter and Facebook Fan page.  He will read everything there. If you have his email or phone # please DO NOT  contact him though those channels.  Pour your love and support for him on his or the band’s pages. Please feel free to comment, tweet and leave messages on his fan page.

For the time being, we will continue to write, to plan, and to work relentlessly on Greek Fire. Nothing has changed as far as the future of Greek Fire is concerned. We are going to get Johnny better and then become the biggest band in the world. 

Stay tuned for more details about how you personally can help Johnny fight his battle against Leukemia. Our deepest, heartfelt appreciation for your thoughts and prayers.

At this time we have a fundraising site being set up for everyone to donate any amount to help him.

until its up we have a paypal link that goes directly to him





You can follow the Johnny Venus blogs to follow his progress at

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