Musicians come together to raise money for family with sick child

A Nederland family crushed by medical costs for a daughter with a rare blood disease is getting help this weekend. Not from doctors, but from some young musicians.

Joe and Ginger Watts' 10-year-old daughter Ashley was diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia last year after her liver failed. Her bone marrow doesn't produce enough platelets and blood cells to keep her healthy.

"If she runs a fever of any type, we have to take her straight to Houston, anytime she gets an infection we're there a good two weeks," Ashley's father Joe says.

The trips to Houston are costly, so much that Joe traded in his truck for a more fuel efficient sedan.

"We were doing great there for a while and then after a certain time, you deplete your savings, you deplete everything you've got," Joe said.

Joe's friend and coworker Bennett Cobb told him that his daughter and son, both musicians, could help raise money for the family by putting on a benefit concert.

"When he told us that she needed a bone marrow transplant, it really hit me hard because as youth we always think what if we were in that place, and as musicians we always think well how can we help?" Cobb's son Chase told us.

Chase's band "South Bound Romance"... along with his sister Contessa and three other bands, will perform at The Gig on Crockett Street in downtown Beaumont on Sunday. All proceeds will go to the Watts family.

"I feel like it's really necessary to do stuff like this because a lot of people are, for lack of a better term, selfish nowadays, and I think it's really important to get back to helping people," Contessa said.

The Watts family couldn't be happier.

"It's very much appreciated, because we really need it, this has really been expensive," Ashley's mom Ginger said.

"It makes me feel good to know that these kids have had an upbringing to where they like to help people out, the entire community has come together," Joe said.

The Watts are bringing Ashley to Texas Children's Hospital in Houston on Wednesday for a bone marrow transplant. They say she'll be in the hospital for 30 to 40 days and will have to remain in Houston for 6 months after the transplant to undergo regular treatment.

The benefit concert is Sunday evening at The Gig on Crockett Street. Doors open at 4 p.m. and admission is $8. The bands hope to raise at least $3,000 for the family.




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