Thorr’s Hammer Drummer Jamie Sykes Battles Cancer, GoFundMe Launched

Thorr’s Hammer was a seminal 1990s doom metal band from the pacific northwest/Norway that included Sunn O))) and Goatsnake members Stephen O’Malley and Greg Anderson. Now former drummer Jamie Sykes, who has been battling several medical conditions, has gotten a preliminary diagnosis of Renal Cell Carcinoma, or a mass on one of his kidneys. Jamie’s family has set up a Gofundme campaign to help with the mounting medical costs. Please help if you can, and if you can’t donate, a simple click of the share button will aid in raising awareness.

On Friday, August 3, 2018, Jamie was diagnosed with Diverticulitis from a CT scan. He is currently on antibiotics and this issue will be resolved. This scan also revealed that he has a 6.4 cm ‘ball’ on his left kidney. The radiologist and doctor said that the ‘ball’ is to be considered Renal Cell Carcinoma until proven otherwise. The Dr. Keith Harrington also said that we were lucky in a way, as if it were not for the CT scan this might have gone unnoticed and become much worse, although it is already very large.

We have been to four different doctors and surgeons in the past three weeks. All of whom, up until Friday gave us misdiagnosis. Each of these doctors bills will be arriving soon. He has also had a lot of time off work, and in excruciating pain for this whole time.

We are told as of now that his kidney will need to be removed in its entirety. This may or may not take place here in Bend, Oregon (the town where we live). We are told that a surgeon needs to be located here whom is prepared and able to do the surgery. As this is a smaller town, we may have to travel to Portland. We will of course update you all on a daily basis when we get new information. We expect to have an appointment scheduled with a surgeon by Tuesday, August 7, 2018.

All of the monies given will go directly to pay for all of his treatment including, but not limited to, doctor, surgeon, imagery, and medication bills, as well as time off work for our regular bills, due to his wife already being on disability and funds being limited.

We want our Boggy to keep banging on those drums as long as he can. Thanks for your support. Much love and keep the metal flowing!