San Diego’s Antioch Arrow defined an era of first-wave screamo.
  • San Diego’s Antioch Arrow defined an era of first-wave screamo.

Guitarist Jeff Winterberg of San Diego post-hardcore group Antioch Arrow was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer in late 2011.

According to information on a fundraising site organized by Kelly Maron Horvath, medulloblastoma typically manifests in children and affects less than two percent of adults.

“Jeff has been fortunate enough to be receiving significant care through Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and his doctors have high hopes for his recovery,” Horvath writes. “In the meantime, his early treatment has been hard on his body. Between the surgery and first six weeks of radiation mixed with chemotherapy, his sight, speech, and motor functions have been affected, limiting his abilities.”

Winterberg started another round of chemotherapy early this month with the hope of destroying any remaining cancer cells.

While Winterberg has health insurance covering much of his treatment, “the financial obligations go beyond what his insurance covers,” Horath writes. “Lost wages, travel to and from treatment, outpatient therapies, prescriptions, co-pays for appointments, not to mention his financial obligations to living expenses (apartment, utilities, school loans, and other bills) that he cannot cover while seeking treatment have become a burden. It is not known exactly when Jeff will be able to return to work and how that will affect his insurance coverage.”

As such, a fund has been set up to reach a goal of $50,000 by October 1 of this year.

Donor incentives include photographs taken by Winterberg of the Melvins, Fugazi, the Boredoms, Karp, Thrones, and Hot Snakes.

In the mid-’90s, Antioch Arrow defined an era of first-wave screamo alongside Gravity Records labelmates Heroin, Angel Hair, and Mohinder. Their recordings have been re-released by San Diego–based Three One G Records.

For more information, Google search “Picture Jeff Cancer Free.”

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