Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl Grants Australian Superfan’s Dying Wish
Ken Powell, a resident of New South Wales, Australia, has battled melanoma for the past 14 years. His case was diagnosed as terminal in 2009, but that didn't stop him from seeing Foo Fighters on every date of its recent Australian tour. Powell is such a devoted fan, in fact, that he goes by the nickname Ken the Foo Fighter. He was nearly set to fulfill a lifelong dream of meeting the band at its appearance in Perth earlier this month when Grohl was stricken with food poisoning and unable to attend the scheduled meet-and-greet.
Grohl was on a plane when a flight attendant informed him of Powell's situation. Grohl has always made a visible effort to remain (or at least appear) down-to-earth and accessible in spite of the mega-sized fame he first achieved with Nirvana in 1991. He further cemented that impression by offering Powell complementary tickets and a chance to meet him and the rest of the Foo Fighters at an upcoming show in Los Angeles.
Powell has responded with a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds for the trip, which he estimates will cost in the neighborhood of $20,000. Ken plans on engaging with other charities while in the States, and he also explains the $20,000 expense figure on his Facebook page.
We get the feeling he'll have no problem raising the funds for this experience.