Folk Soul Revival to host benefit concert for daughter of former drummer

SMA destroys key nerve cells in the spinal cord robbing people of their ability to move or breathe. An advocacy group calls it the number one genetic cause of death for infants.

Bristol (WJHL)  –The popular band Folk Soul Revival will perform Friday night in Bristol, but the concert will have a painful purpose.

Dan Witt was the long-time drummer of Folk Soul Revival. He left the band to start a family.

Witt and his wife Amber learned they were expecting their first child — a daughter.

Jackson Miles Witt was born three months ago. But soon after she was born, the Witt's knew something was wrong. (Source: Folk Soul Revival)
Jackson Witt was born three months ago. But soon after she was born, the Witt’s knew something was wrong. (Source: Folk Soul Revival)

Jackson Witt was born three months ago, but soon after she was born the Witt’s knew something was wrong.

In just the past few weeks, doctors delivered the stunning diagnosis: Spinal Muscular Atrophy or SMA.

SMA destroys key nerve cells in the spinal cord robbing people of their ability to move or breathe. An advocacy group calls it the number one genetic cause of death for infants.

The family remains dedicated to fight and find a cure for this disease.

Folk Soul Revival will host a benefit concert called “Action 4 Jackson” Friday night at 7 pm the Bristol Train Station, 101 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Bristol, VA.   Another band called The Whiskey Gentry also will perform. Proceeds will help the Witt family cover medical expenses.

Tickets can be purchased on-line and at the door.

A GoFundMe page was started for Jackson and her family. To read more, click here.

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