Glenn Tipton, guitarist with metal gods Judas Priest, has announced that the band created a charity named in his name, aiming to raise funds for a brand new type of treatment for Parkinson’s disease.
Tipton is battling the disease himself, and was forced to retire from the band’s touring lineup. He was diagnosed 10 years ago and is one of the more than 6 million people suffering from Parkinson’s, most 60 or older, and currently there is no known cure.
Announcing the formation of the Glenn Tipton Parkinson’s Foundation, Tipton told his followers on Facebook that: “it was the band that suggested we start a foundation which although in my name is really a Judas Priest foundation … we are selling T-shirts with the slogan ‘NO SURRENDER’ (a track off the latest album), which is very appropriate considering the determination you have to summon up to get on with life and beat this illness – it’s the sort of thing that always happens to ‘someone else.’”
The legendary guitarist went on to say that the band were focusing on the: “many different aspects” of treating and researching the disease. Adding: “What really excites me is a brand new pioneering treatment called MR guided focused ultrasound thalamotomy, which although in its early stages has already had great success with a Parkinson’s related condition called essential tremor,” he noted, adding that his own specialist, a leading expert in the area, was “very optimistic as to the positive results that are emerging.”
Tipton then promised to provide updates in the coming months, and that initial funds would be raised by the sale of the tee-shirts.
Talking of his regular guest appearances with Preist he said: . “I am still doing some shows and joining the guys onstage for some songs and will carry on for as long as I can without compromising the band,” he said. “So far when I walk on stage the audience reaction has been amazing, heart warming and quite emotional.”
From all of us at RMW, we wish you all the best Glenn.