Circuits to Cure Cancer: Maari's story.

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by PWV, Apr 6, 2014.

  1. PWV

    PWV Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 28, 2006
    In July of 2012, my nine-year old daughter Maari was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma. "Rhabdo" is an extremely aggressive children's cancer and started behind her eye wrapped around the optic nerve. Within 3 weeks, it had moved into her sinus cavity.

    After 8 weeks of Proton radiation at Loma Linda Children's Hospital and heavy chemotherapy, the doctors believed the tumor was gone. For the next several months, Maari faithfully continued her chemotherapy until April of 2013. During this time, she worked daily at her violin and became very good at it.

    Unfortunately, the tumor returned in May. Moving from the sinus cavity into the brain and spine the tumor was reclassified as a brain tumor.

    On August 31st, 2013 my beautiful little girl lost her battle with cancer.


    Today I have a renewed and vested interest in the battle against cancer. Blake Hickey will be running an auction May 8th-18th on Reverb that will donate all proceeds to cancer research. This auction will feature some of the finest hand-made and point-to-point wired pedals in the world. Pedal makers from around the globe are on board for the second year of this event.

    I met Blake of Blakemore Effects last year during the first Circuits To Cure Cancer auction. At that time, I bid high and won his Deus Ex Machina Fuzz. Knowing that all proceeds would go to St Jude's Children's Hospital research I knew it was a great to pay it forward AND come away with a great fuzz pedal.

    This year, Dave Boonshoft of Aguilar will be donating some cool bass effects as well. Pedals are still coming in now including: Mr. Black, Earthquaker, Fuzzrocious, Verellen and many others. (edit - My bad. It's Iron Horse by Walrus Audio. Not Iron Ether - don't think they're in this year).

    Edited to add: Inventory updates can be found here - sorted by manufacturer:

    Circuits to Cure Cancer Website

    I hope that you will consider driving the bid up on all of these pedals for a good cause. Hopefully, they will go to homes where the bidders paid too much for them - way too much.

    But right now, all I'm asking you to do:

    Please "Like" or "Follow" Circuits To Cure Cancer's Facebook and Twitter pages. Share, copy, post....spread the word. Blake is trying to boost the Twitter page visibility right now - not being much of a Twitter'er myself, I'm hoping others can pick up the slack.

    Here the links - please broadcast this event to every cyber-corner of the internet.

    Thank you,

    Maari's Dad.

    Circuits to Cure Cancer Facebook Page

    Circuits To Cure Cancer Twitter Page


    Below: Maari practicing violin during her chemotherapy stays in the hospital.


  2. This broke my heart, sir. I have a 2 year old son, and I worry constantly about something like this happening to him. I already follow Circuits to Cure Cancer on Facebook and plan on spending way more money than my wife would be comfortable with on the auction this year. Or at least driving prices up so someone else will. This is a wonderful charity and I hope that I am severely outbid on everything.

    I hope that you're keeping your head up. I'm sending good vibes your way.
  3. zwkoch

    zwkoch You can't do that on bass enthusiast Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2012
    Twin Cities, MN
    I'm so sorry to learn that Maari has passed. My family spent many hours praying for her and your family. We will continue to pray for peace for all of you. I'm all in for this cause and have already pushed the link to Rebecca Dirks for her to cover in Tone Report once the auction goes live.
  4. PWV

    PWV Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 28, 2006
    Thanks guys - our family is doing ok. We've had a great deal of support, and she touched a lot of people I'll never meet.

    This auction gives me a sense of purpose right now. Hope everyone has a chance to check out these pedals...there's some really cool ones.
  5. rratajski

    rratajski Commercial User

    Jul 1, 2008
    Mount Laurel, NJ
    We are humbled to be a part of the auction this year and to support the cause. Shannon and I (Ryan) are parents as well, so this hits home hard for us. Glad to be able to help. Spread the word, folks!
  6. Any one-off pedals or just standards?

    Also, if Iron Ether is still on hiatus when this thing opens, whatever they entered is probably gonna get bid up like crazy.
  7. MonetBass

    MonetBass ♪ Just listen ♫ Supporting Member

    Sep 15, 2006
    Tulsa, OK
    So sorry for your loss. I can only imagine how your feeling. Being a cancer survivor, I will check the site out when I get home.
  8. PWV

    PWV Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 28, 2006
    Both I believe. Some are painted just for the auction, some are standard. There should be a catalog listing of all the auction pedals soon...
  9. squidtastic

    squidtastic Supporting Member

    Apr 23, 2013

    Your post moved me more than I can say. Much love to you, brother.
  10. PWV

    PWV Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 28, 2006
    My Bad - Iron *Horse* is by Walrus Audio. Don't think Iron Ether is in there. Sorry for the confusion.

    Thank you - and God Bless you.
  11. DagoMaino


    Feb 1, 2013
    Cheers to this! I support St. Jude's regardless, but this is always a great reason to throw even more toward the cause. I hope this becomes a successful mainstay for the builders and effects community!
  12. marmadaddy


    Oct 17, 2005
    Rochester, NY
    Liked and Shared on Facebook.
  13. Thanks for posting PWV.

    I urge all to support St. Jude's. I've been sending them $35/mo without fail for over 16 years, beginning when my son was born needing the help of some miracle workers.

    The folks who dedicate themselves to helping sick kids as a lifelong endeavor are the truest of heroes.
  14. edwinhurwitz

    edwinhurwitz Supporting Member

    May 13, 2003
    Boulder, CO
    Endorsing Artist: DR Strings, SMS, D-TAR
    Truer words were never spoke.

    PWV, I'm heartbroken for your loss. Not enough out of the woods yet to donate, but my thoughts are with you and we are thankful every day for Children's of Denver.
  15. PWV

    PWV Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 28, 2006

    Looks like the inventory updates will happen at the website here:

    Circuits to Cure Cancer Website

    Aguilar is donating a Tonehammer pre-amp!
  16. DagoMaino


    Feb 1, 2013
    There a lot of great effects listed so far...I noticed at least 6 I am interested in bidding on... including the ToneHammer!
  17. adamaarts

    adamaarts Supporting Member

    Apr 19, 2001
    Corona, CA
    Beta tester Source Audio, demos/reviews of many others
    Breaks my heart. So sorry for your loss. Your family is in my prayers.
  18. PWV

    PWV Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 28, 2006
    3Leaf Audio is on-board! Spencer is donating an Envelope Filter I believe....not sure which one, but it will be epic!
  19. zwkoch

    zwkoch You can't do that on bass enthusiast Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2012
    Twin Cities, MN
    Can I buy a brand new pedal and donate it to the auction?
  20. PWV

    PWV Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 28, 2006

    That's a good question...Blake Hickey could answer that one. If you can e-mail him, try: