UPDATE 4/6/2017 from the Petersen Family
“Bob ‘Soxx’ Petersen passed away on the evening of Friday, March 31st, 2017. He died peacefully at home with his beloved wife, Teri, and family close by. He had fought the debilitating and devastating effects of ALS for well over a year, fought with humor, courage, and his characteristic stubbornness. The pneumonia Bob contracted a few weeks ago proved to be too much for his body to fight off, and made what was already an incredibly difficult battle insurmountable. Physically. Bob’s spirit never wavered or died, as far as we, his family and friends, are concerned.”
The JWF is continuing to accept donations to help Teri offset the medical costs incurred over the last year. Any size donation is deeply appreciated.
UPDATE 3/30/2017 Bob “Soxx” Petersen is fighting hard for his life. This is possibly the hardest time he has had yet with ALS, since contracting pneumonia last week. Teri is able to be with him full-time, and family has arrived to help her and Bob get through this very rough patch. Bob’s lung capacity is decreasing and it is more difficult for him to swallow than before. Coughing is a painful chore, as is even breathing, and certainly eating. He keeps making jokes, even just with gestures (I offered him some pot tincture, assuring him it wouldn’t get him too “high”, and he threw up his hands to say, “What’s the point of that then?!”). Speaking, which was difficult before, is nearly impossible currently.
While it is a blessing that Teri can be home during this time, it also presents even more financial hardships than they were previously enduring. Any donations are very deeply and sincerely appreciated. Visiting at this time is very strenuous on everyone, especially Bob.
Xoxo Sue Weaver
Both Bob and his cherished wife Teri have been an inspiration through it all, but the debilitating effects of the disease are changing their lives in every way imaginable. Bob’s community of friends, family and fans are trying to raise $30,000.00 for immediate assistance to help with many of the upcoming challenges and expenses on the road ahead.
*Make your tax-deductible donation online to the Bob “Soxx” Petersen Relief Fund
DONATIONS CAN ALSO BE MAILED TO: (NO PAYPAL FEES!)
The Jeremy Wilson Foundation
ATT: Bob Soxx
1028 SE WATER AVE STE 230 PORTLAND, OR 97214
Make checks payable to The Jeremy Wilson Foundation and put Bob Soxx in the note section of your check as a desired recipient. Please include your email address so we may easily get you your donation receipt.
A SHORT BIO: Guitar player, singer, and award-winning songwriter Bobby Soxx, born Robert Petersen, moved to Portland, Oregon in 1993. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Bob spent the better part of his life playing guitar in countless bands throughout the mid-west and east coast. Honing his impeccable chops and raucous tone over the years, he mastered country, blues, rock, pop, folk, and funk. He applied all of these genres to his songwriting, a beguiling blend of original yet somehow-familiar riffs and smart lyrics, that eventually earned him the recognition of the Portland Music Association, who awarded Bobby with the Blues Song of the Year in 1995 for his infectious “No Good Usin’ Me”.
Bobby Soxx moved to Portland with the sole intent of reuniting with a band he helped pioneer while living in Ypsilanti, Michigan. The Crackpots were a mainstay of what was affectionately dubbed “The East Side Sound” in the 90s, whose locus was the Laurelthirst Public House. The Crackpots broke attendance records and dance floors, due largely to Bob’s original songs and dynamic guitar playing; epic solo crescendos that are legendary, tasty seventies licks and tone that are a loving and real tribute to a beloved era of music, and his aplomb with quieter, more sensitive songs, make Bobby Soxx one of the best, most versatile guitar players in Portland.
*The Jeremy Wilson Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in the U.S. For U.S. citizens, in general 100% of the donations toward JWF programs, such as the JWF Musicians Emergency Healthcare Fund are deductible for federal income tax purposes. Charitable donations can reduce the taxable income and lower the tax bill of the person who has made the donation—including sponsors if a volunteer is fundraising. Not everyone will be able to deduct their charitable contributions, however. You will need to itemize your tax deductions in order to claim any charitable donation.
PLEASE NOTE: Contributions made to JWF Musicians Emergency Healthcare Fund are made with the understanding that the Jeremy Wilson Foundation has complete control and administration over the use of said contributions and donated funds.