DEF LEPPARD’S PHIL COLLEN RAISES $20K FOR GERSON CANCER INSTITUTE
Phil's $20K Donation to the Gerson Cancer Institute has been making waves .... read all about it ...
Def Leppard‘s Phil Collen has no doubt raised the spirits of those being treated at the Gerson Institute in San Diego, as his ‘Wings’ guitar just netted $15,000 in an auction with the proceeds going to the organization’s holistic cancer therapy efforts.
An international rock star swept through San Diego on Thursday, but it wasn’t to perform in front of thousands of screaming fans.
Just in time for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month (November), Def Leppard‘s Phil Collenpresented the Gerson Institute with a check for $20,000 to aid the organization’s cancer treatment efforts.
Def Leppard star Phil Collen handed over a $20,000 (£12,500) cheque to a California cancer centre on Thursday (15Nov12) after selling off one of his most prized guitars.
The rocker, whose father died from pancreatic cancer in 2004, put his special Jackson PC1 guitar up for auction in September and the instrument, which he played during the band's summer tour, netted $15,000 from the winning bidder.
The stunning six-string Jackson guitar accompanied Phil on tour all summer and this month it was auctioned off to a collector in New Zealand. After a bit of research, Phil and Jake selected San Diego’s Gerson Institute as the recipient of the $20,000 proceeds.
It all started back in early 2012 when Jake Willoughby, a Kansas-based guitar maker and music store owner, approached Def Leppard lead guitarist Phil Collen with a question: would he help him raise money towards the fight against cancer?