The Jefferson Starship’s Mark "Slick" Aguilar will soon head to Florida, where he will get on a waiting list as he prepares for a liver transplant. The 58-year-old musician, who’s played guitar with the band since 1992, recently discovered that he’s been suffering from hepatitis C, and without the operation his prognosis is not good.
"[Doctors] gave me a 50-percent chance that I… could make it two years, and that was in September," he reveals to ABC News Radio. "So, time is not my friend."
Aguilar, who lives in New Jersey, has chosen to go to the Sunshine State on the recommendation of his friend Phil Lesh of The Grateful Dead. Lesh, who underwent a liver transplant himself, discovered that the wait for a donor organ in Florida is generally much shorter than in most other states.
In addition to running short on time, Aguilar tells ABC News Radio that he’s also in need of funds, since the operation is extremely expensive, and relocating also will be costly. Also, his condition has made it impossible for him to continue tour with Jefferson Starship.
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