Benefit for artist Brian Jackson set for June 16

Local artist Brian Jackson / Courtesy

A diabetic attack back in December caused local artist Brian Jackson to lose both of his legs. Now, the artist community is coming together to raise funds to help him get (quite literally) back on his feet.

A benefit for Jackson is set for Friday, June 16 at George’s Majestic Lounge to raise funds to help pay for raise the funds to meet his insurance needs to cover new limbs.

Here’s a bit more of his story, from Facebook:

As some of you may know, Brian Jackson, a Fayetteville resident and artist since 1992, underwent a life-threatening experience about 6 months ago which resulted in the loss of both his legs above the knee. As this would be likely to have a detrimental effect on the motivation of any person, in Brian’s case it has become a challenge that he is learning to overcome with every passing day with nothing but grit in his teeth and an unwavering positive attitude.

As he progresses, the family is pulling everything we can together to meet the deductible needs of roughly $6,000 for his health insurance so he can soon advance to the stage of full length prosthetic legs.

The event will include live music by Foggy Bobcat and Jonteal, and a silent auction featuring work by a who’s-who of local artists, including Larry Copas, George Dombek, Thurmon Hatch, Glen Hendricks, MM Kent, Xi Krump, Doug Randall, Anne Reichardt, Olivia Sardonic, Greg Thomas, Joe Thompson, John, Lynn and Rita Ward.

The event will run from 3-8 p.m., and admission is $5.

A GoFundMe has also been established for those who can’t make the event, but would still like to contribute.

For more information about the fundraiser, check out the Facebook event.