On September 6, 2003 the surf industry rallied together in support for Jason Bogle, who was recently diagnosed with a form of cancer known as Ewing’s sarcoma. A full house of 1,500 packed into 4th & B in downtown San Diego and were treated to a rare and intimate blink-182 show—blink normally plays 40,000-seat arenas.
The night started with a preview of The Union Blue Project: A Fundraiser For Our Friend Jason Bogle, a video-compilation that includes submissions from top surf-film producers, including Taylor Steele, Jack McCoy, Matt Gye, and Bill Ballard.
The first band of the night was Taking Back Sunday, which canceled a show from its tour and flew to San Diego to support a man they never even met. “I’m just happy we can help,” said Adam of Taking Back Sunday.
The atmosphere was getting ramped-up by TBS’ rock, and by the time blink-182 came on it became a rock and roll love-fest! The capacity crowd was going nuts and having a blast, all while supporting a worthy cause. Both bands played for free, and Tom Delonge of blink-182 played on through a serious bout of pneumonia.
The night was a huge success and everyone at the show left with a feeling that they were part of the cure.
Many thanks to Atticus Clothing, FUEL, Wahoo’s Fish Tacos, Hurley, Macbeth Shoes, TransWorld SURF, and DC Shoes for their donations. Big ups to Tim Curran and Kelly Slater, who both donated 10,000 dollars each of their own money.
Ewing’s sarcoma is a rare bone cancer that, in many cases, the cause is unknown. For Jason, the cancer developed in his hip and is at a high risk of spreading rapidly. Because Jason was diagnosed in a late stage, he needs very specialized treatment. As a surfer with no health insurance, the action-sports industry hopes to raise the necessary funds.
Donations can be sent to:
Friends of Jason Bogle Cancer Fund
919 Sunset Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Contact Dana Messing for donations: (949) 903-1453