A high-profile rock icon and guitarist for one of the most enduring rock bands of its generation is becoming increasingly vocal about his own personal struggles with Crohn's disease, and advocating on behalf of the Crohn's and Colitis patient population for more awareness, funding, and research. Mike McCready, a founding member of Pearl Jam and part of the signature guitar-driven sound that launched the band into stardom in the mid 90s following the Seattle Grunge movement in popular music, recently made headlines by performing the national anthem at a baseball game in Seattle on August 8th, when the Mariners took on the Chicago White Sox at Safeco Field. The occasion for his performance was that it was "Crohn's & Colitis Foundation Night" at Safeco Field that evening, which was held to raise money for support of the Northwest Chapter of the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America. The performance, reminiscent of Jimi Hendrix's famed "Star Spangled Banner" solo guitar performance at Woodstock in 1968, was filmed by a fan in the stands and recently posted it on YouTube:
McCready was also at the center of a recent charity auction wherein signed Pearl Jam memorabilia was put up to auction in order to raise money for the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation.
The Pear Jam guitarist's passionate interest in advocating for the disease comes as a res