Open Circle Choir Fundraiser for Charlie Murphy scheduled for June 7

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June 3, 2015

The Open Circle Choir Concert on June 7 benefits internationally known musician and youth empowerment leader, Charlie Murphy.

The Open Circle Community Choir, directed by Peggy Taylor, will join with several prominent musicians in a concert called “Light is Returning,” at 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 7 at the Whidbey Institute. Members of the choir are honoring and helping Charlie Murphy who was recently diagnosed with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Joining the choir will be Susan Osborn, The Rural Characters, Judith Adams, Barbara Dunn, Rebekka Goldsmith and Greg Garbarino.

Charlie is a Seattle musician who was the leader of the band, “Rumors of the Big Wave” in the 1980s and 90s. He has become known in recent years for directing an international youth program called Partners for Youth Empowerment (PYE Global),, an outgrowth of Power of Hope,, which he co-founded with Peggy Taylor. Charlie and Peggy co-authored the popular book Catch the Fire: An Art-Full Guide to Unleashing the Creative Power of Youth, Adults and Communities.

Eric Mulholland, Charlie’s husband, comments: “Since getting the news of this diagnosis, we have been deeply touched by the outpouring of affection and feel uplifted by the love and support from our South Whidbey community.”

Proceeds from the concert will be used for Charlie’s medical bills, treatment and related expenses.

Admission to the concert will be by donation to the “Charlie Murphy Healing Fund.” Donations to the Fund can also be made at any branch of Whidbey Island Bank/Heritage Bank; by check sent directly to Charlie and Eric’s home at 4885 Blue Lady Lane, Langley, WA 98260; or online at



  1. Dearest dearest Charlie, Both eric and I are — well, I have no words — just love for you and sadness that we won’t be able to share this beautiful event with you — we are with you in friendship and spirit. We both, and I speak for the whole family, send you massive doses of love and more love. You are so beautiful and such a heartfull spirit. You’ve taught me so much about life, about going for it. I’m sure you will be surrounded by angels throughout this process, angels in every color and hue and from all parts of the globe as well as outer space regions no one has ever heard of yet! LOVE in vibrant colors. linda

  2. Hope this is allowed here if not I understand. My husband was diagnosed with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) when he was 63 years old 4 years ago. The Rilutek (riluzole) did very little to help him. The medical team did even less. His decline was rapid and devastating. His arms weakened first, then his hands and legs. He resorted to a wheelchair (Perbombil C300). A year ago, I began to do a lot of research and came across www Health Herbs Clinic com, I decided to start him on the ALS herbal protocol as I had nothing else to turn to; 2 months into treatment he improved dramatically. At the end of the full treatment course, the disease is totally under control. No case of dementia, hallucination, weakness, muscle pain and he is even learning to Walk again. visit health herbs clinic. com

  3. My mum was diagnosed with ALS 12 months ago and while it offered an explanation for her symptoms, we were devastated. She was always so strong and independent and it breaks my heart to see her suffer. We believe she may have had this disease for a few yrs already, but was never diagnose properly. Within the last 6-7 months she became much weaker and it was hard to understand her when she speaks. She was losing weight quickly and depends on a walker. I felt terrible and it is so hard to watch her deteriorate so fast. The riluzole did very little to help her. The medical team did even less. The psychological support from the medical centre was non-existent and if it were not for the sensitive care and attention of our primary physician she would have died. There has been little if any progress in finding a medical treatment. Acupuncture eased her anxiety a bit so my care provider Dr Miller introduced us to Health Herbs Clinic ALS herbal treatment. I wasn’t hopeful at first but glad to share she has recovered significantly within the last 3-4 months It has been a complete turnaround with her speech, she is even learning to walk again without a walker, the herbal treatment is a miracle. Visit www. healthherbsclinic. com we’re forever thankful to nature.

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