Famous country music star just confirmed the heartbreaking diagnosis. This is absolutely devastating.
It was just a couple of months ago that Stephen Barker Liles of Love and Theft found out about the devastating diagnosis. He shared that his mother, Susie Burchett, had been diagnosed with ALS.
The disease is also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. According to the ALS Association website, ALS is “a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.”
After a while, those diagnose lose their ability to control the movement of their muscles. As a result, they may also lose their ability to speak, eat, walk, and breathe.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for this disease right now. The only luck is to raise awareness and hopefully funds to help with research for a cure.
So, in honor of his mother battling this horrifying disease, Stephen decided to do something huge. He is teaming up with the ALS Association of Tennessee to host a benefit concert.
They have named the cancer “Shine for Susie” and it is expected to be a huge turn out.
Called Shine for Susie, the concert is set to take place at 7 PM on December 4 at the famed Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. In addition to Love and Theft, the scheduled performers included Florida Georgia Line, Craig Campbell, Canaan Smith, Trent Tomlinson, The Warren Brothers, Stevie Monce, Jerrod Niemann, and Tyler Farr. The event will be co-hosted by Stephen, Storme Warren, and Dee Jay Silver.
Tickets are now on sale for the concert here. They range from $55-$125.
The funds that are raised at the benefit concert will go to the ALS Association of Tennessee. This is a chapter of the larger ALS Association which “builds hope and enhances quality of life while aggressively searching for new treatments and a cure [for ALS].”
Some of the funds will also be given to Susie to help with her care and treatment costs. Stephen released a statement about the concert leaving us all in tears. What a great movement to be a part of
“I’ve had the privilege of helping with many charities through the years, but when the cause touches your life, it changes everything. When my mother was diagnosed with ALS in March of this year, I was devastated. But I also felt called to make a difference to help her and others through my musical platform. I’m incredibly grateful for some of my dear friends who are joining me to shine light through our music and bring hope to millions.”
You are AWESOME Stephen. We are so proud!