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BRING ALBY HOME: A GoFundMe has been set up to assist local musician Alby Pool

A fundraiser has been set up to assist local musician Alby Pool in his rehabilitation after being diagnosed with Autoimmune Encephalitis caused by taking medication that was treating his cancer.

“Alby has had a very tough few years as many know. First, a lung cancer diagnosis, which has resulted in ongoing treatment and challenges – a fight he has been moving through with grace and stoicism,” a statement on the GoFundMe page reads.

“Unfortunately, on 14 February 2022, he was taken to hospital, suddenly having forgotten who he was and extremely ill. After weeks with no answer, he was finally diagnosed with Autoimmune Encephalitis, caused by his lung cancer medication.

“His immune system sadly attacked his brain and caused significant inflammation. It’s a very serious condition that causes major complications, and Alby nearly lost his life to it.”

After some time spent in intensive care, Alby was moved into a neurology ward and started improving slightly following three weeks of rehabilitation.

Alby now requires more rehabilitation, at great cost, to help him pass all the tests that will allow him to go home.

“So, it’s time for us to dig deep for this beautiful man, who many have shared the stage with over the years, and anyone just fortunate enough to have shared life with him. He gave a lot of musicians their start at the residencies he hosted and deserves to be able to start again with the support of a community he cared so much for,” fundraiser organiser Megan Marie wrote.

The money raised by the campaign will go towards Alby’s immediate care needs and support his family to give him the best chance at recovery and help get him home.

You can donate and find out more about the fundraiser by visiting