Sadly it's become an all-too-familiar tale: Musician gets sick, musician doesn't have insurance, musician loses everything in an attempt to get better, friends help with benefit show. But for Jeremy Wilson—a staple in Portland music, from his role in Dharma Bums to his recording work—there is a bit of a twist. Following his 2006 diagnosis with Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome (a disease that lives up to its intimidating name), the Jeremy Wilson Found-ation was launched. Not just set up to help the artist himself, the foundation will use a crisis fund to help other local musicians facing the prospect of financial ruin following a medical emergency. Down the line, the nonprofit plans to establish a group plan for musicians without health insurance. Here's hoping the Jeremy Wilson Foundation makes it so these familiar scenarios become a thing of the past. EZRA ACE CARAEFF
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