Thursday, October 15, 2015 Jeremy Camp and Adam Cappa are coming together to perform and worship in a benefit concert for Alan Dickson.
Dickson is the father of freshman Nate Dickson. On New Years Eve of 2014, the Dickson family made a trip to the emergency room; that trip turned into a battle. A mass was found in Alan Dickson’s brain, which was later diagnosed as stage-four Glioblastoma Multiform, meaning there are any spots in the brain.
Dickson has received treatments in Arkansas and Indiana. Through trial and error, the doctors found a treatment that shrunk the tumors, but not enough to clear them. The family began fundraising through giveforward.com, and they raised enough to cover IV treatments. However, they are still in the process of searching for treatments and trials that will more effectively treat the tumors. The family is also waiting to receive information from Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.
These treatments are not free, and that is where family friend and artist Jeremy Camp stepped in. Dickson’s son-in-law, Adam Cappa, has known Camp for many years.
“Jeremy and I connected 10 years ago,” Capp said. “He let me use his studio to do my first album. Years later we started touring together.”
Camp has been mentoring Cappa for the past 5 years. When the family approached Camp with the idea of the benefit concert, he said he could not have been more excited and willing.
“This concert is raising money for treatments at both Northwestern and St. Vincent’s.” Nate Dickson said.
Both Cappa and Dickson look forward to what Thursday will hold, and they both expect the concert to be a time of intimate encounter with the Lord and amazing fellowship with others.
As if these men had not already made a case for their father, the family’s faith seems unwavering. Nate Dickson believes that the overwhelming sense of peace they have felt throughout the process is the work of our God. He said that the peace is found in “knowing this isn’t about us, and our lives were made to be lived in order to give the most glory to God as possible.”
The concert will be held at Central Church of Christ in Little Rock from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., and tickets are $15. If you are unable to attend and want to support the Dickson family, you can visit their give forward page at https://www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/1sb9/alan-dickson-s-brain-cancer.