Don Thorvund


I was moved to start the Julian Thorvund Rock Memorial after losing Julian to a catastrophic pediatric disease.  Having a child with a catastrophic illness places an incredible emotional and financial strain upon a family.  St. Jude’s mission to advance the cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment spoke directly to emotional strain.  In addition, the fact that no child is denied treatment based up on race, religion or a family’s ability to pay spoke to the financial strain.

My love of music helped me through the loss of Julian.  I knew the work I did for St. Jude had to involve my love of music.  I have been overwhelmed by the support of the musical community in my desire to help children and their families.