Billy Zoom, guitarist and founding member of the legendary band X has been diagnosed with bladder cancer. The band broke the news via their website and Facebook page.

The band, along with manager Mike Rouse, have begun a GoFundMe account to help Zoom with upcoming medical costs.

The official statement from the band reads:

In the music community, we all take turns helping each other & have since the beginning. Punk rock and benefits always went hand in hand: you name the cause, and the bands and fans will be there.
Now it’s our turn to help Billy Zoom, the wittiest, smartest, nicest, best guitar player & friend I know. I would do anything to help him get better, help take care of his family, and lessen his woes. Billy has begun chemo treatment at Cedars Sinai for Bladder cancer. He has a long road ahead of him but we are confident he’s beat cancer once and he’ll do it again!

Please keep Billy in your prayers and send some positive energy his way!
Donating a few bucks will help take away some of his financial stress and worry.
It’s the punk rock thing to do.

As of Thursday evening, a total of $30,000 has been commited toward a goal of $50,000.
The band are scheduled to play a series of shows this weekend at Orange County’s The Observatory, where they will play their first four albums over a four night stand. Zoom will play on these dates. Their upcoming midwest and east coast tour will continue in support of Billy and his family, with a temporary replacement for Zoom on those dates to be announced shortly.

In 2010, Zoom was successful in a battle with prostate cancer.