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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