QUIET RIOT drummer Frankie Banali, who has been battling Stage 4 pancreatic cancer for the past year, has launched a GoFundMe page to assist with his medical expenses.
The band shared a link via its social media accounts and included the following message: “We know it’s tough for everyone right now, but a go fund me has been set up for Frankie Banali’s medical expenses. If you’re able to contribute it will be much appreciated. If not please share. Thank you”
Frankie’s friends Peter and Eden Beckett, who created the GoFundMe page, wrote on the online fundraising site: “Frankie has been determined to beat it since he was diagnosed. He has undergone 17 rounds of chemo so far, and several palliative procedures to ease symptoms and has been able to make it past the one year point and even continue playing with the band. It has been a very difficult, painful and agonizing journey that is not nearly over. He has been getting second opinions, out of network follow up biopsies, infusions, and treatments of alternative therapies that have kept his body strong enough to withstand the chemo.
“This endeavor has accumulated a mountain of medical expenses and now with the pandemic canceling or postponing the entire spring touring season he now being hit financially from the other side as well.”
Frankie was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer back in April of 2019 and has been receiving treatment since last spring.
Banali has even had to sit out of a few QUIET RIOT shows since he announced his diagnosis last October, with drummers Johnny Kelly (DANZIG, TYPE O NEGATIVE) and Mike Dupke (W.A.S.P.), filling in behind the kit.
QUIET RIOT’s shows last year with Kelly and Dupke marked the first time ever that the band performed without any of the members from its classic lineup: Banali, late-singer Kevin DuBrow, guitarist Carlos Cavazo and bassist Rudy Sarzo.
To donate to the cause via the GoFundMe page click here.