Crowdfunding Campaign Launched to Help Exodus Drummer Tom Hunting Fight Cancer
Exodus guitarist Gary Holt has launched a GoFundMe campaign to help the band’s drummer, Tom Hunting, pay his medical bills as he continues to receive treatment for cancer.
“After decades dedicated to laying down the most pummeling drums in thrash, Tom Hunting has been diagnosed with cancer. While he fights and defeats this, he will need help with his bills, both medical and home. During this pandemic Tom, like many of us, works to keep himself going while we await the return of touring, but he is unable to do so while undergoing chemo and more to get past this and back behind his drums with his brothers in Exodus. Whatever someone can afford to give will go miles to helping Tom continue his fight without the worry of the mounting medical bills and bills to maintain a roof over his head. Thanks for all your help and support.”
You can donate to the campaign here.
Hunting turned 55 on April 11. Two days later, he revealed that he has “squamous cell carcinoma… a gastric tumor that was diagnosed in my upper stomach.” He began receiving chemotherapy treatment not long after.
Although guitarist Gary Holt is Exodus’ most famous member, Hunting co-founded the band before Holt ever joined. He appeared on Exodus’ first three albums Bonded by Blood, Pleasures of the Flesh, and Fabulous Disaster, before leaving the group in 1989. He rejoined the band in 1996; left again following 2004’s Tempo of the Damned; and then re-joined once more for 2007’s The Atrocity Exhibition… Exhibit A and its successors, Exhibit B: The Human Condition (2010) and Blood In, Blood Out (2014).
A new Exodus album, Persona Non Grata — also featuring Hunting — is due later this year.