As many have noticed, Hugh "Tuff" Blanton hasn't been performing with Cat5 including the video we posted earlier this month. Tuff was diagnosed with cancerous tumor in his liver. A GoFundMe account has been setup to help offset the cost of medical expenses and if you're able to donate, it would be greatly appreciated. Tuff is a great person and we're so sorry to see him having to go through this. We've provided the GoFundMe information below.
In a post earlier tonight on the band's Facebook page they posted the following: "A Lot of people have been asking about the absence of Hugh "Tuff" Blanton our Bass Player. Take a look at the Go Fund Me Page created for him and help if you can. Our Brother needs your help if its nothing but sharing the page. Thank you for all you do and your support of this matter. - Much love to you from The Cat5 Band"
On the fundraising page it reads:
" Dear Cat5 Band Fans:
As many of you already know, Hugh “Tuff” Blanton has not been able to perform with the band lately due to health issues.
In October, Hugh was diagnosed with cancerous tumor in his liver. Surgery to remove the tumor is not an option. Instead, the treatment plan involves a 3 to 4 step radio embolization procedure. Radiation beads will be injected directly into the tumor to stop it from growing, to shrink it, and (hopefully) to destroy it. His doctors are confident in Hugh’s treatment plan and expect a positive outcome.
The medical costs associated with Hugh’s treatment are extensive. For this reason, we have set up a GoFundMe account to raise funds to help offset the financial burden to Hugh and his family resulting from his medical treatment. The Cat5 Band is asking our family of friends and fans to make monetary donations to support our much loved Hugh and his family in their time of need.
Your prayers and financial support will be greatly appreciated. God bless and thank you. We also ask that you give him and his family some privacy for just a bit so he can put all his energy towards getting healthy and getting back to doing what he loves.