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    Default Sick 11 Year Old (Bradley Zugel) wants to meet Eddie Van Halen.

    I know I'm normally a prick around here... with my stance on Classic Van Halen.

    But I folded... this really touched me....

    This was posted over at the Roth Army.

    Quote Originally Posted by cheek View Post
    Boy diagnosed with lymphoblastic lymphoma fights back
    A cough that resulted in a visit to an urgent care facility for Bradley Zugel turned out to be more than an autumn bug.


    The 11-year-old Sparks boy's

    X-ray in late September showed a large mass in his chest, so a CT scan followed, said Michelle Zugel, Bradley's mother.

    Zugel was informed the following day her son had lymphoblastic lymphoma, a type of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. It's caused by a cancerous growth of cells in the lymphatic system, which normally helps the body destroy and filter out bacteria and other harmful substances.

    "He was on his field trip en route to San Francisco, and I called my husband (who was traveling with Bradley) on the bus," Zugel said. "The bus stopped in Sacramento, and he rented a car and drove Bradley to Oakland Children's Hospital."

    Bradley was withdrawn from Spanish Springs Elementary School because being around too many other people puts him at risk for infection, Zugel said.

    Bradley is being treated at Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland by Drs. Caroline Hastings and Robert Raphael, who couldn't be reached for comment Friday. However, Zugel said physicians from the hospital sometimes visit the

    area, so some of Bradley's treatments are done locally.

    "Every month is different," Zugel said. "It (travel to Oakland) could be up to four times per month."

    Although chemotherapy treatments have been difficult on Bradley, he and the family do things to get their minds off the illness.

    "We're home a lot as a family, and he plays guitar and so does my husband," Zugel said.

    The 1978 Van Halen song, "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love," is one of the songs Bradley enjoys playing most.

    In fact, his request through the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northern Nevada is to meet guitarist Eddie Van Halen. Make-A-Wish enriches the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions through its wish-granting work.

    Several fundraisers have been held to help cover Bradley's medical expenses, and the next one is a "cut-a-thon" scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at A Salon 7,

    20 Cheney St.

    Reno resident Kristen Baker, a stylist at the salon, is organizing the event. Zugel is one of her clients.

    Baker said her husband is a cancer survivor, and she knows how fast medical bills pile up, even if one has insurance.

    "It's important to show the community can pull together to help others," Baker said. "It's nice to see there are people out there who care."

    The Zugels, who also have a

    13-year-old son, Jake, have health insurance. Zugel is a dental hygienist, and husband Kevin Zugel is a schoolteacher.

    "Bills are still coming in on portions we still owe," she said.



    Provided to the Reno Gazette-Journal

    Bradley Zugel ,11, sits Friday in his Spanish Springs home. Bradley was diagnosed in September with lymphoblastic lymphoma, a type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma caused by a cancerous growth of cells in the lymphatic system,


    FundRaiser CUT-A-THON for bradley zugel
    When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday
    Where: A Salon 7, 20 Cheney St.
    Cost: Free to attend; 100 percent of proceeds from the cost of haircuts, manicures and other services go toward Zugel's medical expenses
    Other way to help: Contribute to the Bradley Zugel Donation Fund at any Bank of America branch
    Details: 786-7770 or
    www.salon7.net

    This was posted today by his father...


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    Hello everyone,
    I joined this great sight after coming across it while searching the web. Bradley is my son. Bradley has been doing well with the treatments. Thank God for modern medicine. He is now in remission and in what is called "maintennance phase." He still has chemo for another 16 months, but less brutal than the first. His hair is growing back and I took him to school today for 1/2 day. He is feeling like a kid again and I cannot express how proud I am of him. He wants to meet Eddie not for what he did in 1978, but for his entire career of awesome music. His first and second concerts were VH this last tour in Sacramento and in Reno. His third concert was Rush and we are now counting down to see Metallica in December. Bradley is a true rocker. His Ipod is full of the music I loved as a kid, with every VH song ever recorded. He plays guitar and is quite awesome. Type "Zugel" in youtube and you can see a couple videos of him and his brother. He tears up "Im the One."
    Even bigger than a great musician meeting a young fan is the fact that Eddie is a cancer survivor himself, as well as a dad. We are going to LA in a couple of weeks to meet him and my son is beyond excited. I am so grateful to Eddie for agreeing, and for everyone who has been so helpful during this very rough time for Bradley and our family. Music has been a great healer.
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    Touching story, and I hope he gets to meet Eddie.

    Just one thing....."dying 11yo"? Judging from the post from his dad there remains hope doesnt there? If so, we might want to change the thread title to Sick 11yo? Might be needlessly distressing to his Dad and him if he visits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenninaus View Post
    Touching story, and I hope he gets to meet Eddie.

    Just one thing....."dying 11yo"? Judging from the post from his dad there remains hope doesnt there? If so, we might want to change the thread title to Sick 11yo? Might be needlessly distressing to his Dad and him if he visits.

    Glenn
    His dad already visited the Roth Army, and stated that EVH is gonna meet with him in about a week...

    And yeah... I'm all for a change in thread title...

    I didnt look at it from that perspective...

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    Hate to hear about kids getting sick like this. I also already read this on the army and I thought a bunch of different musicians were donating cool things to him..maybe someone else could elaborate on it all.
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    All our best Bradley! You'll beat this. My 16 yo niece just beat Hodgkin Lymphoma. God bless,.. and when you meet Eddie tell him we said HEY!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Women And Roth First View Post
    EVH is gonna meet with him in about a week
    That's great news!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Women And Roth First View Post
    I know I'm normally a prick around here... with my stance on Classic Van Halen.
    OK, touching story and all, and it's cool to see EVH might be visiting him soon, but... Why does your stance on Classic Van Halen require you to be a prick, normally?? I mean, like fuck dude we get it already... There's really no need to go into every CF thread and act like an eighth grade child on MySpace...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Women And Roth First View Post
    I know I'm normally a prick around here... with my stance on Classic Van Halen.

    But I folded... this really touched me....

    This was posted over at the Roth Army.




    This was posted today by his father...




    Here is his SON playing I'M THE ONE...

    Thats cool. The kid plays well 2!

    I'm happy to hear Ed is going to visit with him. Thats very cool of him.

    I'm sure this will really be a wonderful experience for the kid. Give him some extra joy in his life and something to smile and think about when dealing with his struggles. My thoughts are with him and his family. Anyone that has children knows how difficult this must be for them all. Props to Ed for doing this! By all accounts Ed does have a kind and good side to him. I bet he makes that kid feel like a million bucks. Best wishes to Brad and his family!
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    Quote Originally Posted by voivod View Post
    OK, touching story and all, and it's cool to see EVH might be visiting him soon, but... Why does your stance on Classic Van Halen require you to be a prick, normally?? I mean, like fuck dude we get it already... There's really no need to go into every CF thread and act like an eighth grade child on MySpace...
    Human scum is human scum, dude. You don't forgive a gang banger for putting a bullet between your mom's eyes because he feels bad about it afterwards, right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheresOnlyOneWay View Post
    Human scum is human scum, dude. You don't forgive a gang banger for putting a bullet between your mom's eyes because he feels bad about it afterwards, right?
    This is one of the best stories I've read regarding Van Halen in quite awhile.

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    Quote Originally Posted by At0micPunk View Post
    Thats cool. The kid plays well 2!

    I'm happy to hear Ed is going to visit with him. Thats very cool of him.

    I'm sure this will really be a wonderful experience for the kid. Give him some extra joy in his life and something to smile and think about when dealing with his struggles. My thoughts are with him and his family. Anyone that has children knows how difficult this must be for them all. Props to Ed for doing this! By all accounts Ed does have a kind and good side to him. I bet he makes that kid feel like a million bucks. Best wishes to Brad and his family!
    The kid is awesome!
    My prayers go out to him and his family.
    Eddie has sobered up, and he really has been someone to admire.
    I know alot of people have dogged EVH over the years for some of his comments.... firing singers etc etc.... It's nice to see the humanitarian side of him... that has been missing for quite some time.
    Mad Props to Eddie Van Halen... the greatest guitar player in Rock N' Roll history!
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    WARF has twisted some nipples from time to time, but don't get the wrong idea about him. He's a good egg. I'm sure of it.

    Cool story.
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    Thanks for posting the story. The kid is a great guitar player for his age. Hell for any age he is good.
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    Cool story, glad Ed's gonna take some time to make this kid's day.
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