Fundraiser for Vanderpool family

On Monday we shared sad news about the passing of Dale Vanderpool, a professional banjo player from Ohio who had toured extensively with a number of bluegrass artists. He had been receiving treatment for the colon cancer that eventually took his life at 58.

Friends have launched a fundraising effort to help the family cover additional expenses online. Anita Vanderpool, Dale’s wife, took substantial time off work to care for him at home in recent weeks, which has caused a financial hardship for the family.

In addition to Anita, Dale left behind a son and daughter, and two step sons.

Donations are being accepted through the Give Forward program, allowing for safe and secure online transaction. Find full details at

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