Butch Walker has partnered with the Nashville-based non-profit Nikki Mitchell Foundation to establish the Autumn Leaves Project, dedicated to fighting pancreatic cancer. Founded in honor of his late father, Butch Walker, Sr., the ALP will work in conjunction with the NMF (named for Waylon Jennings’ longtime manager who died of pancreatic cancer in 2013) to help find a cure and offer support to individuals and their families affected by the disease.
“Pancreatic Cancer doesn’t give you a chance to reconcile with it, doesn’t let you make plans sometimes, or prepare for the ending – it just usually sneaks up on you and gives you no warning until its too late,” Walker said upon announcing the organization. “We need better programs for pre-screening, we need more affordable alternatives to the methods and drugs that are out there to cope once its diagnosed, and most importantly we’ve got to find a cure for it,” states Walker.
Walker is currently on a headlining tour promoting his highly personal new album, Afraid of Ghosts, which Dangerbird Records released in April. The tour stops in Walker’s home state on Friday, May 15th with a performance at Atlanta’s Symphony Hall. In addition to donations, those who want to support the Autumn Leaves Project will have the chance to purchase a special-edition t-shirt from Butch Walker at his tour dates, for which part of the proceeds will benefit ALP.