IN FLAMES bassist Peter Iwers recently spoke to NBCNews.com about his involvement with Barncancerfonden - a Swedish charity that fights to end childhood cancer and to ensure that affected children, teens and their families receive the care and support that they need. An excerpt from the interview follows:
What’s your cause all about?
Peter: "It’s a Swedish organization called BarnCancer which is basically [for] kids with Cancer. They collaborate with people here [in the US] from ICCCPO (International Confederation of Childhood Cancer Parent Organizations). I support that, we all do, mainly since everyone started families and everyone has kids and it makes you aware of the horrible stuff that can happen with this disease. We’ve done several charity things; we did a charity run last year. I have a restaurant in Gothenburg with Bjorn, our guitar player, we did a charity concert with another band we used to tour with, he played acoustic and instead of having people buy tickets we made them donate money to this organization."
Why do you support this organization?
Peter: "I think it started out when I became a parent. At one point, we were all invited to visit a hospital in Gothenburg where we come from to visit kids who had cancer; I think some of them were big In Flames fans. Of course, we went and I think it affected us more than any of us even realized or imagined it could and since then I regularly try to donate money to it and do what I can. If there is a charity event or something that I can actually do to get money into this cause then I try to do it."
To read the interview in its entirety, click here
In Flames is currently on tour in The United States, remaining shows are as listed:
30 - Congress Theater - Chicago, IL
1 - The Fillmore - Detroit, MI
2 - LC Pavilion - Columbus, OH
3 - Orbit Room - Grand Rapids, MI
4 - Val Air Ballroom - Des Moines, IA
6 - Bayou Music Center - Houston, TX
7 - Palladium Ballroom - Dallas, TX
8 - Uptown Theater - Kansas City, MO
10 - Fillmore Auditorium - Denver, CO
11 - McGhee Park - Farmington, NM
13 - Warfield - San Francisco, CA
14 - Medford Armory - Medford, OR
15 - Knitting Factory - Spokane, WA
16 - Showbox Sodo - Seattle, WA