Posted in hiphop | music | tour dates on October 26, 2012

P.O.S. at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2010 (more by Tim Griffin)
P.O.S.

Rapper P.O.S. (aka Stefon Alexander) was supposed to tour this November and would have hit NYC on November 7 at Irving Plaza, but he was forced to cancel his entire tour due to trouble with his kidneys. He needed an immediate transplant and found some candidates for kidney donation but it, of course, is a very expensive operation and he's asking for your help...

In October of 2012, Stef made a public announcement about his health. His kidneys had been lousy for a long time, he explained. Ever since he was a kid, they had been deteriorating, though no one was sure exactly why. Recently, however, his condition worsened. His doctors told him that it was time for a transplant--and quickly. Stef had to cancel his fall tour and begin dialysis immediately.

The good news: Stef has found several strong candidates for kidney donation. The less-than-totally-good news: this stuff gets pretty damn expensive. Transplants create life-long prescription costs. And, as you'd imagine, rappers don't have robust benefit packages. So, we've started this portal to allow people to donate to Stef's recovery. The funds will be used to help pay medical bills, prescription costs, and to cover living expenses while Stef is off the road, getting better. Any money raised will go directly to him. Many of you reading this have already donated--thank you. It's meant the world to Stef, his family, his crew, and the rest of us rooting for him.

You can help Stef out by donating here. He's just over halfway toward his $25,000 goal as of this post, with 120 day left. A video of him explaining his health situation and tour cancellation is below....

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P.O.S. Health Situation and Tour Cancellation

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Comments (11)

pretty sure kidney transplants are covered by the federal government.

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2012 1:29 PM

but post-transplant stuff isn't covered

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2012 1:37 PM

as a medicare recipient who has undergone a stem cell transplant and a double lung transplant before the age of 30, i can testify that the federal government will

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2012 1:39 PM

as a medicare recipient who has undergone a stem cell transplant and a double lung transplant before the age of 30, i can testify that the federal government will only cover some of the costs associated with a major organ transplant. and that's only after you qualify for medicare or medicaid (at the state level), which is an often lengthy process. for someone like P.O.S. who doesn't have time on his side, medicare/aid is not a reliable option. and as the article alludes, the long-term, out of pocket costs of post-transplant care and prescriptions are astronomical, whether or not you have government or private coverage. i have both, and i still struggle to pay my medical bills each month, so i can emphathize with P.O.S. completely, and i commend him for fundraising on his own behalf--i'd do the same if i could.

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2012 1:53 PM

[fart noise]

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2012 2:17 PM

thanks for the info 1:53. Hope everything works out for you

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2012 3:17 PM

Name another developed country where citizens need to have fundraisers to pay for livesaving health care.

Posted by Anonymous | October 26, 2012 7:41 PM

the festival loses tons of appeal if they leave the polo grounds. the venue is why most people go!

Posted by Faster Download | November 18, 2012 1:36 PM

oh shit didnt know we could pick up a poster afterwards! oh well, crazy show, short setlist but still worth it.

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Posted by Michal | February 24, 2013 11:27 AM

wow scary. I'm glad he is ok.

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