HepCAware.org Partners with Kelly's Lot, Scott Detweiler and LABlues.org to Raise Awareness of Hepatitis C

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HepCAware.org, Roadhouse Rock & Blues band Kelly's Lot and New Orleans blues guitarist Scott Detweiler are teaming to bring a little heat to Malibu when they perform Sunday, Sept 6 (2-4:30pm) at the 26th Annual Kiwanis Chili Cook-Off. They'll be bringing the blues, but also free Hepatitis C testing sponsored by HepCAware.org. HepCAware.org has also teamed up with the Los Angeles Blues Society (LABLUES.org) to offer information at their booth at The Long Beach Blues Festival on Saturday and Sunday, Labor Day weekend at Rainbow Lagoon Park in Long Beach. LABlues.org founder Phil Gates offered their support after hearing about Malibu.

HepCAware.org, Roadhouse Rock & Blues band Kelly's Lot and New Orleans blues guitarist Scott Detweiler are teaming to bring a little heat to Malibu when they perform Sunday, Sept 6 (2-4:30pm) at the 26th Annual Kiwanis Chili Cook-Off.

They'll be bringing the blues, but also free Hepatitis C testing sponsored by HepCAware.org. HepCAware.org has also teamed up with the Los Angeles Blues Society (LABLUES.org) to offer information at their booth at The Long Beach Blues Festival on Saturday and Sunday, Labor Day weekend at Rainbow Lagoon Park in Long Beach. LABlues.org founder Phil Gates offered their support after hearing about Malibu.

What: HepCAware.org to offer Hep C Testing and Info At 26th Annual Kiwanis Chili Cook-Off. (PLUS Awareness at Long Beach Blues Festival)

Where: Malibu Civic Center Drive At Pacific Coast Highway and Webb Way, Malibu CA

When: Labor Day Weekend Sunday, Sept., 6, (Testing from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.)

Kelly's Lot, Scott Detweiler and LABlues.org
Raising Awareness of Hepatitis C @ 26th Annual Kiwanis Chili Cook-Off & Long Beach Blues Festival

KellysLot.com, DetweilerMusic.​com, MalibuKiwanis.​com, LaBlues.org

(Malibu, CA): HepCAware.org, Roadhouse Rock & Blues band Kelly's Lot and New Orleans blues guitarist Scott Detweiler are teaming to bring a little heat to Malibu when they perform Sunday, Sept 6 (2-4:30pm) at the 26th Annual Kiwanis Chili Cook-Off. They'll be bringing the blues, but also free Hepatitis C testing sponsored by HepCAware.org.

HepCAware.org has also teamed up with the Los Angeles Blues Society (LABLUES.org) to offer information at their booth at The Long Beach Blues Festival on Saturday and Sunday, Labor Day weekend at Rainbow Lagoon Park in Long Beach. LABlues.org founder Phil Gates offered their support after hearing about Malibu.

Local favorite Kelly's Lot, just completing their newest CD, "Pastrami and Jam," has been performing at the Chili Cook-Off for five years running. This year Kelly, also the founder of HepCAware.org, asked event booking agent Paul Gallo if she could bring Hep C Awareness and testing to the annual Malibu event. Paul was happy to hear the offer and as she's done at many music events in the last 10 years, Kelly made it happen. "A spoon full of music helps the awareness go down" she likes to say. "Maybe in this case a spoon full of blues and chili"

To add to the Malibu excitement, Kelly enlisted cohort composer and performer Scott Detweiler. The celebrated Southerner has himself been a long-time HepCAware.org supporter, manning the testing van before hitting the stage, just as he'll do again in Malibu. Kelly's Lot aims to hit the stage at 2 p.m. with Detweiler following at 3:30, though the duo will offer free Hep C testing and information throughout the day on Sunday.

By teaming with the 26th Annual Kiwanis Chili Cook-Off and The L.A. Blues Society, Kelly hopes to help HepCAware.org increase awareness that will lead to more intense research on curing the disease and also help those infected learn how to best live with Hepatitis C. Hepatitis C has infected the lives of millions of Americans including Naomi Judd, Natalie Cole, Steven Tyler, Pamela Anderson and Mickey Mantle.

There is no vaccine for Hepatitis C. It is a virus that attacks the liver and is spread by blood-to-blood contact. Although 1 in 50 Americans have the disease, 2 out of 3 do not know it. Persons who most at risk include those who have received blood, blood products or an organ transplant prior to 1992; those who have been involved with drug abuse (either injecting or snorting); those who have been patients of dialysis, those who have been tattooed or pierced, shared personal care items, been incarcerated or have been a war veteran (especially Vietnam).

About Hepatitis C
Hepatitis C is a systemic, blood-borne virus that primarily attacks the liver. One in 50 Americans have Hepatitis C, yet 2 out of 3 of those infected do not know they have the virus. There is currently no vaccine available to prevent Hepatitis C.

You may have been exposed to Hepatitis C and should get tested if you have:
-Received blood, blood products, or an organ transplant prior to 1992
-Ever shared drug paraphernalia, either by injecting or snorting
-Ever been stuck by a used blood needle
-Been on kidney dialysis
-Had a tattoo or body piercing
-Had sexual activity that involves contact with blood
-Shared personal care items (razors, toothbrushes, hair clippers, etc.) with other people
-Been incarcerated
-Are a war veteran (especially Vietnam)

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