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Musical and medical communities collide at live fundraising event

Spice Radio, Blues to Bluegrass and Stovehouse came together to help raise funds for The Community Free Clinic of Huntsville at the 'Music for Healthcare' event.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — "This is just a perfect example of somebody wanting to give back to our community," said Executive Director of The Community Free Clinic of Huntsville, Shotsie Platt.

Music was played to help raise funds for the clinic, whose mission is to provide free health care, education and medical supplies to people in Madison County without health insurance.

"The clinic provides health care, we provide medications for free, diabetic supplies for free, testing," said Platt.

"Which is very important if you're a musician, cause the benefits to being a musician are not quite up there. So, we depend a lot on The Community Free Clinic for our people as well as the homeless population, a lot of people that don't have the access that everyone does," said Ben Jobe, one of the founders of Spice Radio. 

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The live entertainment industry has been one of the most impacted by COVID-19, leaving many entertainers, such as musicians, forced to go without care.

Places like The Community Free Clinic have been able to provide care to impacted entertainers throughout the pandemic.

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"I know myself and all my musician friends lost tons of money over the last year. People lost a lot of their normal ways of making money, so, getting health care is a struggle," said Jobe. 

The struggle to access health care is not exclusive to musicians. 

Platt says that even one person not having health care; can affect a whole community.

"The lack of ongoing health care can be just detrimental: to families, to the community. You know, if you don't have access to get your medication or to get your testing done, it affects everybody in the community if somebody without health care, really needs it, has no access to it," said Platt. 

For more information about The Community Free Clinic, visit the clinic's website.

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