We are taking a small break from the industry advice and interviews to talk about something very important to everyone here at Haulix. Some of you may know Jonathan K Dick. He’s a writer who has had his work featured in a variety of publications, including Stereogum, Noisey, NPR, and Pitchfork. He’s also the founder of Steel For Brains, a fantastic metal-centric website we legitimately visit every day of our lives.
By all accounts, Jonathan is a great guy, and that goes beyond his profession. Everyone we know who knows Jonathan K Dick swears he is one of the nicest and kindest souls you could ever hope to meet, which is why we wanted to bring attention to a very serious situation currently impacting his family in hopes of convincing at least some of you to help however you are able.
Jonathan’s children are his world, his end-all and be-all, and he is a joyously loving, accepting, goofy, and devoted father toSolomon, Elijah, and his youngest, his little warrior princess, Hannah. Here is a recent family photo:
Recently Hannah has been dealing with severe medical problems, leading to an extended hospital stay and uncertain future. She has been diagnosed with ciliary dyskinesia, an incurable genetic lung disorder that means that she will have to undergo daily breathing treatments for the rest of her life.
It’s also left Jonathan with a mountain of hospital bills. His insurance won’t cover all of it, and an Alabama teacher’s salary ain’t what it used to be. Hannah has further tests to undergo, as well, so the family still has a long road ahead.
With all this in mind, writer Kim Kelly (otherwise known as Grim Kim on social media) has launched a GoFundMe page to help cover some of the many costs associated with helping Hannah receive the medical attention she needs. The campaign is seeking to raise $20K, and in three days the amount received has already surpassed the $10,000 mark.
We know as well as anyone that money is tight for most people in music, but if there is anything at all you can spare to help out Jonathan and his family we urge you to do so as soon as possible. No parent should ever have to worry about whether or not they can afford to give their child the help they need, especially someone as wonderful and giving as Jonathan.
The music business may seem large on the outside, but in reality it’s a very tight knit group of people who have discovered the key to success is not only working together, but also supporting one another when someone falls on hard times. Jonathan K Dick and his family are part of our community, and it is our responsibility to ensure they have everything they need to be happy, healthy, and together. Please join us in making that possible. We don’t have anything to offer as a thank you, but know we appreciate everything you are able to do.