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WESTWEGO, La. - On Sunday afternoon, a star-studded lineup of local musicians shared a stage on the Westbank to raise money for Charmaine Neville.
She's been fighting a debilitating brain condition, known as CADASIL Syndrome, which has taken a physical and financial toll on the singer.
Several artists, including Dr. John, Kermit Ruffins and some of Neville's own relatives, did their part to help perform for a crowd of fans at the Westwego Farmer's Market.
"It makes me feel wonderful that so many people care about me and wanted to come and help me out with this. The people who have put this together for me are phenomenal," Neville said.
Money raised at the concert will go toward treatments and Neville's losses from having to cut back her performance schedule.
Fans like Ronald Coxen braved the heat to soak up the sights and sounds of the all-star lineup doing what they do best - helping a friend.
"That just shows the camaraderie between New Orleans musicians and people in New Orleans, and it's a great thing. Everybody's together," Coxen said.
After suffering from severe headaches and weight loss, as well as frequent bouts with memory loss and confusion, Neville was diagnosed in 2011.
But she said, now, after a series of hyperbaric oxygen treatments and thanks to a strong team of doctors and nurses, her condition is improving.
It's a reason this concert fundraiser was also a celebration.
"I thought I was gonna die, but this has shown me that, you know, with my faith in God and my faith in my fellow man and my fellow musicians, I'm gonna be alright. I can dance again," Neville said.
Doctors were also on-hand at the concert to educate people about CADASIL Syndrome.
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