Saturday July 27th at Crossroads in Garwood, NJ Rock Against Dystrophy held a fundraising event for Muscular Dystrophy. Rock Against Dystrophy was founded in 2009 by two brothers John “Turbo” Shatesky and Josh “Jay Scorpian” Shatesky. Both brothers have spinal muscle atrophy, one of the over 40 neuromuscular diseases. The mission of Rock Against Dystrophy is to assemble and inspire the next generation of people who want to do all that they can to make a better tomorrow for the health of children with neuromuscular diseases. Rock Against Dystophy takes on this work by producing and presenting metal and rock concerts, hosting metal and rock music related events, producing special edition albums along with creating and selling apparel and other Official Rock Against Dystrophy items. The fans, musicians and club owners who make up the Metal and Rock community have a passion for life and fun that’s just as hardcore as their passion for music. One of their biggest wishes is that all children with neuromuscular disease get to live a life that filled with fun and the ability to enjoy it all for a long time. Rock Against Dystrophy unites these passions and wishes into action. All proceeds generated by Rock Against Dystrophy’s events go to support the research projects, patient services and education programs of The Muscular Dystrophy Association. <John Shatesky, co-founder of Rock Against Dystrophy, has been a longtime fixture since 1984 on the New York City segments of The Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon. Turbo, as he's known in the Metal world, is the co-founder of Bullspike Radio where he also hosts a Rock and Metal show called The Asylum. Along with his radio career, John Shatesky has done freelance work in television production. Millions of people have seen his profile pieces on MDA children and families on The Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon. John's support for Rock and Metal has included writing reviews, promoting shows and albums and creating promotional fliers for bands and concerts. Josh Shatesky, co-founder of Rock Against Dystrophy, is also co-founder of Bullspike Radio along with his brother John. Prior to Bullspike, Josh's radio career saw him host a show and later take on the position of Rock Music Director at Brooklyn College's WBCR-FM. While attending CUNY Brooklyn, Josh studied radio production. Josh has appeared since the mid 1980's on the New York City portions of The Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon to help deliver the message about the importance of the work that The Muscular Dystrophy Association performs and the medical discoveries the researchers are finding. After three years of extra-serious health challenges, Josh made a triumphant return to the telethon in 2010, surprising host and close friend Tony Orlando.
The fundraiser was hosted by Tattoo Tony founder of Under My Skin For Life. The bands that played the event was InDisguise/Beyond Visible/A Need For Reason/Devilhaus and Decypher. All the bands were happy to be part of something great and they all put on a great show. Joey James the creator of the Rock Against Dystrophy logo was on hand showing off his art talent by creating an amazing piece of art during the show. The fundraiser raised $1,165 for the organization as Turbo John continues his effort to move forward.