Who is Charlie Murphy?
Charlie Murphy is a creative force: accomplished singer/songwriter, master facilitator, loving husband and engaged citizen, an all around amazing individual who has a deep passion for life. From humble beginnings in Baltimore to leading a global youth empowerment program, he has done so much to make the world better.
Charlie developed a social conscience early in life. He was raised during the turbulent decades of the 1950’s and 60’s where he was sensitized to inequalities in race, sexual identity, and women’s rights. He also became passionate about environmental issues and turned his creativity and voice to songwriting, exploring many of the issues he cared about through music. (Learn more about Charlie’s musical career here: https://about.me/charlie_murphy and https://www.facebook.com/charliemurphymusic)
After a successful award-winning musical career and leading the popular Northwest band, “Rumors of the Big Wave”, Charlie shifted his focus to youth work. He developed innovative programs at the YMCA Earth Service Corps and in 1996 co-founded the non-profit youth empowerment organization, The Power of Hope. This cutting edge program went global and Partners for Youth Empowerment was born, PYE Global. Working in countries around the world, Charlie has been hugely effective in empowering the lives of young people, teachers, youth workers, artists and more. (Learn more about PYE Global here: http://www.pyeglobal.org/)
What’s happening now?
On April 28th, 2015, after months of tests and noticeable physical changes, Charlie was diagnosed with ALS, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. It was a heavy blow for him and his husband Eric. They are fortunate to have loving families and to live in a supportive community with people who are doing so much to help them cope with the reality of this disease. Caring teams have been set up that are helping them navigate their financial, medical and personal needs.
This benefit concert, combined with an online fundraising campaign, are some of the ways the community is helping Charlie and Eric face the sudden and future increase in costs of health care. His team has set an ambitious fundraising goal so that they can be ready to act on a multifaceted, integrative treatment plan as the opportunities arise. Charlie and Eric’s medical and financial teams are providing ongoing advice to be sure treatments are medically and financially sound.
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