If you’re a regular show-goer and frequenter of Dying Scene, it’s probably a safe bet that you’ve seen Chuck Ragan your fair of times through some combination of his stints with Hot Water Music or the Revival Tour or, more recently, alongside The Camaraderie. Ragan long ago established a well-earned reputation of being one of the genuine good guys in the scene; the kind that’ll push himself to the point of near exhaustion on stage for a full set before taking the time to shake hands and interact like old friends with each and every member of the crowd.
Today, sadly, the shirt-off-his-back, boots-off-his-feet Ragan and family put out a call to help one of their own. Chuck’s father, Dave Ragan (a former professional golfer), recently experienced a series of falls at his Birmingham, Alabama, home, and was hospitalized as a result. After a series of tests, it was determined that the Ragan family patriarch was diagnosed with a “massive meningioma brain tumor.” Chuck and family (including his four brothers and his mom, the beloved Geraldine) are now left with the decision to try to have the elder Ragan’s tumor operated on, or transition him to hospice care at home.
As a result of the difficult situation, an Indiegogo page has been set up with the goal of offsetting the costs of Dave Ragn’s care, and to help Geraldine out going forward. If you’ve got a few bucks to throw in the direction of the shirt-off-his-back, shoes-off-his-feet Ragan, you can do so right here.