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Joey’s Song is a series of compilation CDs featuring rare and unreleased music from nationally and internationally known, award winning artists. The CDs are named in honor of Joey Gomoll, who passed away in March of 2010. If you would like to get to know Joey and learn a little about the genesis of Joey’s Song, please take a moment to watch the video below.


Joey’s Song volume 1 Video


Joey’s Song volume 2 Video

More about Joey’s Song

Over 100 artists have agreed to donate their art to Joey’s Song. Our roster of artists includes Grammy nominees, Americana Music Association Award winners, Juno Award winners, an MTV Music Awards nominee, Hall of Fame members and even an OSCAR nominee.
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The Foundation was setup as a tribute to honor our son and brother, Joseph Martin Gomoll. Joey passed away unexpectedly on March 30, 2010. Joey was afflicted with Dravet’s Syndrome, a rare form of epilepsy, his entire life. While Joey was alive, the doctors were never able to get his seizures completely under control.

Dravet’s robbed Joey of most of his ability to speak, but it did not stop him from communicating with everyone he met – no one who knew Joey will ever be able to hear “Hi, How Are Ya?” without smiling – and it most certainly never prevented him from laughing, smiling, singing or dancing.

The Joseph Gomoll Foundation was setup to raise money and awareness in support of special needs children and all those who suffer from seizures. Our goal is to raise money that can be used for research, treatment and support of those affected by seizure disorders. A small portion of the money raised will also go to the Early Childhood program in Joey’s hometown to provide education and services for children with special needs, like Joey.

Because music was the centerpiece of Joey’s world, there is no better way for us to raise money in his name than through music. The Foundation is releasing a series of CDs called “Joey’s Song”. The CDs feature rare and unreleased songs by major recording acts from around the world. In addition, Joey’s Song for Kids features children’s music, most recorded specifically for Joey’s Song.

With the exception of production costs, every penny raised by Joey’s Song will go directly to find a cure and help those affected by epilepsy. So buy a copy for yourself, one for your kids, your cousins, your friends, your friends’ kids, your friends’ cousins… and so on. Not only will you get a ton of music you cannot get anywhere else, you will be helping fight a dreaded disease and helping kids that deserve a break.

Learn about Epilepsy

Epilepsy affects over 50 million people suffer from epilepsy, including 300,000 American children under the age of 14, more than multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy and Parkinson’s disease COMBINED. Almost 500 new cases of epilepsy are diagnosed every day in the U.S. Epilepsy claims more lives each year than breast cancer. Despite all of this, funding for epilepsy research lags significantly behind other diseases and disorders.
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What is epilepsy?

Epilepsy is the name given to an imbalance of the nervous system that causes two or more seizures or fits. Seizures can range from very mild, affecting people’s vision or attention for a few seconds, to major seizures with muscle spasms and lack of consciousness for a time. Epilepsy can start at any age, but usually either during childhood or in old age. There are more people with epilepsy in developing countries because malaria, meningitis, complications during birth and malnutrition lead to a higher risk of brain damage.

Social implications

Epilepsy is commonly misunderstood, partly because fits can be frightening to watch. It is often associated with the supernatural or demon possession. In countries such as Cameroon, India, Indonesia and Swaziland, people believe those with epilepsy are affected by evil spirits. In Uganda, epilepsy is believed to be contagious.

People with epilepsy are more likely to die young because of the risk of injuring themselves during seizures. They also have a higher suicide rate, due to feeling isolated by their communities.

Children with epilepsy in developing countries rarely receive an adequate education
In China and India, people with epilepsy are rarely able to marry
In the UK and US, laws prevented people with epilepsy from marrying until 20 or 30 years ago
People with epilepsy find it much harder to find work.

Treatment

Effective medication can control seizures in most people. Yet despite this, three out of four people with epilepsy do not receive any treatment at all. This is largely due to a lack of finance. In Sub- Saharan Africa, there is only one neurologist for every four million people. Even when epilepsy is diagnosed and drugs are available, they are often expensive and of low quality. The majority of people turn instead to traditional healers. However, the treatment of epilepsy worldwide could be achieved, at a likely cost of $5 per person per year.

 
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