Here's a series of articles I have written this month while covering a tragedy that has a happy ending. Matthew Leone, bass player for the Chicago band, Madina Lake, was attacked when he tried to aid a woman being choked on the street by her husband. He was badly injured with no health insurance. Fans worldwide have been donating aid and the
for him tonight in Chicago.
A large section of Matthew's skull was removed to relieve swelling of his brain and he almost died the night of the attack. He was in the hospital for a week, then went home still missing the section of skull they took out. A week and a half later, he had a second brain surgery to replace the head bone and he is recovering slowly
. Sweet Relief
, a not for profit that helps needy musicians has raised almost $24,000 for him so far. His friends started a group, Through the Pain
. They are having an additional 2 benefit shows in August and an auction with items donated by a huge list of national recording stars, record labels, sports teams, even the WWE! Matthew's band, Madina Lake, is touring England next month and he insists that they play without him. He is in great pain, yet walking, talking, smiling, and expected to make a full recovery.