The Dirtbags, the Official Rock ‘n’ Roll Band of the Redskins Appreciation Club (RAC), played in the parking lot of FedEx Field before the Redskins-Saints game Sunday. They played their new song, “Get a Kidney” for organ donor awareness, along with old favorites like “We are the RAC” and “Navajo Rug.”
The Dirtbags agreed to play the song in support of my search for a kidney donor for a transplant I’m expected to need in 2010 (see www.mikeneedsakidney.com). Redskins fans stick together. The Dirtbags are, from left to right, Lefty, Whiskey Sergeant Major, and the President. They let me sit in on drums. It was a great time. The Skins lost to the undefeated Saints in overtime, 33-30 but put up a good fight.
I hope to get a kidney for myself and also raise awareness for kidney donations in general. There are 80,000 people on the kidney waiting list in the U.S. and more than 10 of them die every day waiting. Most of them are worse off than me and many of them are already on dialysis. To donate to someone, check out www.matchingdonors.com or www.kidneyregistry.org.
The Dirtbags also played their classic “Put Art Monk in the Hall of Fame.” Now that Monk is in, the second half of the song was changed for Russ Grimm to get into the Hall. Grimm is up for a vote in January 2010. Here it is: