03/03/09

Joel Stern

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Joel Stern

Joel Stern

I climbed on the bus and began touring with the Grateful Dead in the mid 70’s. For the next 20 years I took a lot from the scene and gave back only a little. In 1996 I was told that a pancreatic disease would take me before the year was out. 11 years later I am still going strong. With my 2nd life I decided it was time to give back a lot and take only a little. I am healthiest and happiest working at a music festival. It was a natural extension for me to pick a cause associated with our lifestyle and values. What better choice than the Dead’s own creation, the Rex Foundation. Over the past couple of years I have had a blast being involved with Rex. I try to hold fund raising auctions, I give out flyers, and attend benefits. I have made many friends and feel a purpose in my life. I hope to become more involved with Rex as time and my health allows. Rex is more than a charitable institution. It is an extension of the caring, giving, family of intrepid travelers that I first met in 1977. – Joel C. “Q” Stern