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As a pathologist passionate about fighting cancer, and a lifelong fan of The Doors, it was a dream come true to be able to partner with Robby Krieger to support both our charities.
Robby Krieger, perhaps best known as the guitarist and songwriter for the he legendary band The Doors, wrote and co-wrote many of the band’s most iconic songs, including “Break on Through”, “Love Me Two Times”, “Touch Me”, “Love Her Madly” “Roadhouse Blues” “Spanish Caravan”, and “Light My Fire”.
Robby’s latest endeavor comes by way of his paintings. “Light My Fire” is Robby’s artistic interpretation of the classic seven minute song that launched the band’s career instantly by skyrocketing to the #1 position on the 1967 Billboard charts. The painting is an appreciation of life, music and nature’s elements as portrayed by the painting’s bright fiery colors and upbeat visual stye.
I purchased “Light My Fire” in a limited edition giclee print on canvas and am donating it to the College of American Pathologists Foundation (CAPF). Together, we will auction the piece on line, with the proceeds going to the CAPF for support of the flagship program “See, Test and Treat” (STT).
STT supports pathologist led free cervical and breast cancer screening for medically underserved women throughout the US. This is all accomplished in a single visit. In a dignified and culturally sensitive manner, women are connected with providers and necessary social services. Often, many have not been to a doctor in years, sometimes decades. The experience is transformative, and even life-saving, for many women. Currently the need for establishing more programs far outweighs available resources. All proceeds from the auction will go towards setting up new cancer screening opportunities throughout the country.
The proceeds from my purchase are going to Robby’s charity “The Music Path”. This program donates musical instruments to area schools to foster musical education. Through a “battle of the bands” format, the winning student group is invited to Robby’s studio to record a song.
I visited Robby in his private studio just outside LA. After a tour, admiring the numerous gold records and historic memorabilia, we sat down to talk about his painting, The Doors, pathology and his charity. Robby even signs the artwork on camera as well as writes a personal note to be given to the winning bidder.
Get excited! This is an amazing opportunity to own a beautiful piece of art, a part of The Doors legacy and support a very worthy cause of fighting cancer through early detection, prevention and treatment. Stay tuned to Path Report or my updates on Twitter and LinkedIn for the full interview as well as the link to the auction...all coming very soon! Pathologists rock!