from Adam T. Siska formerly of The Academy Is...:
On Wed July 25th at aprox 1 am our good friend Andrew Bishop Mrotek aka "The Butcher", who many of you know for his creative work as the drummer of The Academy Is... & for his talent in visual arts, was attacked and mugged in Milwaukee while walking home from work. Not only was his money taken but he was blindsided by 2 or 3 thugs with a flower pot which broke his cheek in 3 places and his jaw in 2 places. Once he fell to the ground they kicked him in the face until he was unconscious. He ended up with both his eye sockets fractured, 25 stitches across his face, 30 stitches on his gum line, 20 stiches on his eyelids, 3 titanium plates screwed into his skull and has been in and out of the ER for surgery and countless doctors checkups for nose bleeding and intense ear/sinus/facial pain. Like many Americans, Andy is without Health Insurance coverage. Each day as he is making strides to physically and emotionally recover from this experience, his hospital bills continue to grow and grow.
The members and former members of The Academy Is..., Cobra Starship, Gym Class Heroes, Fall Out Boy & Panic! At the Disco built a very strong bond over our years of making music and touring the world together. We all want to see to it that The Butcher is able to continue making music and art that inspires us-- instead of spending his days trying to pay off a never ending debt due to this tragic event. The 5 of us have put our collective efforts together to bring you this shirt.
100% of the proceeds will go to Andy and his bills which will hopefully make a dent in his bills. Our good friends at FBR have donated the shirts and printing and our buddies Johnny, Tony and Eric from Snakes & Suits came up with the design.
If you want to donate more money (maybe you have a rich uncle who is living in a gold mansion) or if you aren't into getting a shirt you can donate directly to Andy, even if It is a dollar (anything will help him pay his bills and live while he recovers) you can do it by Paypal to: firstname.lastname@example.org
We love you all,
Adam T. Siska