Tawn Mastrey 1954-2007. Tawn was a Veteran Rock/Heavy Metal Disc Jockey for over 30 years. www.tawnmastreyfoundation.com She contracted Hepatitis C when she was a child and didn’t know it until she was diagnosed 30 years later after falling ill.
Tawn died very slowly for 7 years, ending up in a nursing home as she needed 24 hour medication care. Her liver failed after going through a horrendous process getting on a list for a liver transplant. Her heart and kidney gave out and the Dr’s had no choice but to take her off the waiting list for a liver as she became too ill to operate.
Tawn was so loved by many from all over the world. She helped launch 100′s of bands who have made it to the very top. A week before she died, (as we were so excited for her to receive a new liver and life), what could I tell her friends and fans as she was too weak to speak for herself. She said, “Please get the word out about hep C to stop the spread ask my musician friends to help, and, Rock Hard LIve Long”.
Tawn died with her family surrounding her hospital bed in a partial coma and in great pain. We told her that she could let go now and that it was ok and that we loved her. I closed her eyes and kissed her goodbye. I began working immediately notifying her music friends and my own to do an album/concert/auction, and have started a foundation in Tawn’s name to spread awareness through music to STOP the spread of the disease. Tawn said, “my friends will help”.
Hepatitis C virus is a blood borne tragedy that can strike even someone assisting after an accident, or a blood transfusion. Or a result possibly from improperly sterilized needles, repeated ink from tattoo pots, lack of clinic’s sterilization, beauty salons, combs, scissors, re-used needles, piercing sharing, casual passing of a paper cut across a dirty door knob. Traveling to foreign countries are high risk factors in places that don’t have proper sterilization procedures, or if you’ve been to prison or War. Everyone needs to get tested. HCV can live in blood outside of the body for years. Fire can be guaranteed to kill the virus Hepatitis C, but ordinary cleaning solutions do not.
The Tawn Mastrey Foundation Mission Statement
The Tawn Mastrey Foundation was created to make a lasting mark and a truly positive difference in helping to eradicate the Hepatitis C Virus and to stamp out the ignorance about this disease while raising critical awareness worldwide.
Tawn Mastrey, International radio legend known for decades, became a victim of Hepatitis C, (HCV), which took her early from us, devastating her family and millions of radio fans. Tawn and her sister Cara Mastrey, decided at that time, to create an organization that would change lives and help prevent further families from being destroyed by this insidious disease. Tawn contracted HCV accidently as a child and it remained undetected for over 30 years. Too late. HCV is currently at 500 million world wide, and is scheduled to take in 1 billion more by 2015 (.gov).
Because of Tawn’s wishes, and Cara Mastrey’s determination to stop the suffering of others has continued Tawn’s plans to spearhead the effort saving lives by raising HCV awareness, allaying ignorance about the virus through educational tools, and being a conduit to the public of the ‘new’ HCV private self test coming out this year. The statistics are overwhelming about HCV and suggest that many actually have the disease and are unaware. Unfortunately, they may not even know how they may have contracted it, as the disease can incubate inside the body undetected for decades.
Because of Tawn’s many relationships with major rock superstars and musical performers throughout the years, came the idea of utilizing media tools through music, art, entertainment, and also major concert events both nationally and internationally. Tawn Mastrey said, “Rock Hard Live Long” and “Get Tested for HCV”. TMF will be in the forefront of this amazing campaign and raising awareness to free the world of HCV – ‘Slaying the Red Dragon’!
- OPPORTUNITIES FOR INVOLVEMENT WITH TMF!
While creating a world-class Foundation that will consistently be in the forefront of HCV and liver disease, TMF is developing a program for donors, underwriters, and sponsors to join this amazing cause, while taking advantage of numerous opportunities.
Our team at TMF/NPO, consists of many professional . artists, musicians, healers, HCV advocates, business minded humanitarians, Angels, Volunteering their time. also various companies that will further the success of this foundation. We have enlisted the aid of successful fundraisers, event managers, PR and media experts and a project director, Producers and Executive Producers, that will take TMF out into the world to spread awareness and educate through change.! Our desire is to create a public relations campaign that will go viral globally. Additionally, we will design and implement stellar concerts and media awareness throughout the world about this foundation. We have enlisted mega performers through relationships with Tawn Mastrey; celebrities anxious to endorse and become a part of this incredible foundation and outreach to potential sponsors. Through these efforts will come successful events, state-of-the-art research, media and PR outreach and a mega-awareness campaign that will allow TMF to become a viable force in stamping outHepatitis c virus world wide.
Our campaign consists of the following:
· Celebrity outreach
· Media to include television, radio, and all print stories to further our “Branding”.
· Sponsorship packages
· World-class concerts that will include major performers and musical artists as part of an on-going concert series.
· Grants and foundation outreach for TMF.
· “Branding” TMF globally and co-partnering with celebrities, corporations, Individuals and sponsors to create a powerful nonprofit worldwide.
We invite you to become a part of this outstanding organization and watch how we grow! There are many opportunities we would like to discuss with you or your company and custom design a plan for your financial support for The Tawn Mastrey Foundation!
The Foundation has been established as a Minnesota nonprofit public benefit corporation. It will be exempt from federal and Minnesota taxation as a charitable organization described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Foundation’s tax-exempt status, when granted by the Internal Revenue Service, will be effective as of June 11, 2008, the date of incorporation.
The Foundation will also be registered with the California Attorney General’s Registry of Charitable Trusts shortly. The Board of Directors is looking to develop a broad base of public support for the Foundation, so it can be characterized as a public charity for income tax purposes. This characterization will be most beneficial to donors and enable the Foundation to accept gifts of real property, closely held-business interests and other non-cash gifts, in addition to contributions of cash and publicly traded stock.
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The opportunity of making a difference in actual saving of lives with the raising of awareness, and of the need for organ donors (which are at a catastrophic shortage), and many are not receiving organs that may become available. Given this opportunity to pledge ahead to be an organ donor, gives the gift of life.
These are portions of the arms of Tawn Mastrey Foundation’s efforts in education and awareness and are pooling together resources and partnering in order to continue to make change for the better of humanity.
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TAWN MASTREY – BIO
For more than 30 years, Tawn Mastrey was considered one of rock radio‘s top personalities, consistently ranking #1 in her target demographics. During her final on air incarnation, she hosted a daily show from noon – 6pm Eastern, 9am – 3pm Pacific, on Sirius Satellite Radio’s “Hair Nation” channel 23. She also contributed her voice to the widely-syndicated “Nights with Alice Cooper,” and was the bi-monthly host of Westwood One Entertainment’s “Absolutely Live High Voltage,” which aired bi-weekly nationwide.
Tawn was also ‘the voice’ of West Palm Beach’s WPBZ and The BOX in Fargo, North Dakota.
She was the only woman in this history of music broadcasting to host, write, produce, and syndicate her own radio specials such as ROCKZONE and SAMMY HAGAR’S CABO WABO HAPPY HOUR.
Throughout the course of her long, distinguished career she hosted shifts on are KNAC 105.5 FM, Long Beach/Los Angeles, California; KQLZ 100.3 FM (Pirate Radio), Los Angeles, CA; KLSX, Los Angeles, CA; KMEL, San Francisco, CA; KSJO, San Jose, CA; KUFO, Portland, Oregon; and KXXR (93X), Minneapolis, MN. West-wood One’s Syndicated program, Hair Nation/KSFM, Sacramento, CA. ;KTRB/KHOP, Modesto, CA and Sirius Satellite Radio.
As a voice-over talent, she developed long-term relationships with Sam Adams Boston Lager, The Shane Company, BMW and many other fine sponsors.
Tawn worked extensively in television as well. She hosted stringer reports for MTV when the network first launched in 1980. She’s hosted television specials for MTV, USA Cable’s groundbreaking, “Night Flight.” She also starred as a featured host for the “Metal Head Video Magazine” series.
She worked with GROUNDSWELL in the realm of concert promotions, bookings, and public relations; as well as Videowest where she appeared as on-camera talent. Tawn did voiceovers for weekly reports on MTV, and acted as co-producer, writer and voice over specialist for FLOW Communications. She also lent her pristine pipes to BILL GRAHAM PRESENTS, doing voice-overs for TV and radio summer concert advertising campaigns.
In film, Tawn performed cameos in The Blues Brothers, Heavy Metal Thunder and Mud and Penelope Spheeris’ critically-acclaimed, Decline of Western Civilization, Pt. II: The Metal Years.
Behind the scenes Tawn produced several music videos including Scorpions’ “No One Like You,” Greg Kihn’s “Happy Man” and “Jeopardy”, and Romeo Void’s “Never Say Never.’ She also owned her own video production company in San Francisco under the moniker L.I.P.S. (Ladies In Production Services).