Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder visits U of M children's hospital; brings doctor on stage

Author:
Updated:
Original:

Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder gave a shoutout to the University of Minnesota during his concert at the Xcel Energy Center Sunday night for its efforts to find a cure for a life-threatening skin condition that affects children.

Vedder is a founding member of the EB Research Partnership, a nonprofit that's dedicated to finding a cure for Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB), a group of rare skin conditions that affects children from birth.

People with EB lack a protein that binds the layers of skin together and without it the skin tears apart, blisters and shears off, which leads to severe pain, disfigurement and wounds that never heal, EB Research Partnership says.

About 75 minutes into Pearl Jam's concert, Vedder introduced Dr. Jakub Tolar, who helps head the U of M Masonic Children's Hospital EB research. Some of the band had spent Saturday touring the facility, so Vedder showed Tolar around the stage, the Star Tribune reports.

Some of the funding raised by the EB Research Partnership will go to Tolar's work. The U of M is the first and only place that offers blood and marrow transplants as treatment for severe types of EB, according to the U's website, and Tolar is working to advance gene and cellular engineering research, which have the potential to transform the quality of life for people with EB, a news release says.

EB patients, like Charlie Knuth (pictured below) went to the concert and hung out with Vedder after the show, the EB Research Partnership says.

On Saturday, while touring the U of M Children's Hospital, Vedder met with patients and doctors.

This embed is invalid

Vedder also gave a shoutout to the Gopher football team during the concert. The Gophers beat Purdue 39-38 in Saturday's homecoming showdown.

Star Tribune reporter Michael Rand said of Vedder's words:

"That’s right: The Gophers football team is riding such a high that they got a shout out from one of the greatest lead singers from one of the greatest bands of our generation. And from the sound of it, Vedder made no reference to 4th-and-20 or any other football that happened Sunday. Good man, Eddie. Good man."

Vedder also showed some support for the Minnesota Wild:

More on Vedder's efforts to support EB research:

Next Up

aircraft-2385194_1280

Pair escape uninjured as plane crashes moments after takeoff

It crashed about a half mile southwest of Faribault Airport.

Screen Shot 2021-04-22 at 4.12.50 PM

For The Week: Making cocktails at home? Here's how to do it right

Lindsay Guentzel's For The Week column features simple food and drink tips.

coronavirus, covid-19

Mayo Clinic study provides 'best guess' about pandemic's future in MN

Minnesota could be seeing decreasing numbers into the summer if the study is correct.

daunte wright funeral - siblings

Mourners remember Daunte Wright, plead for justice

Wright was killed by a now-former Brooklyn Center police officer on April 11.

covid

HealthPartners: COVID hospitalizations driven by unvaccinated, middle aged adults

The health provider says the average age of its hospitalized patients is trending downwards.

Andrew Thomas booking photo

Man suspected of shooting at National Guard in Minneapolis faces more charges

He has now been charged in Hennepin County District Court with more serious crimes.

wetlands

Investigation finds EPA mishandled oversight for PolyMet mine permits

A new report found the EPA didn't follow its own procedures when it submitted comments on the proposed project.

baseball

MDH's new COVID guidance urges weekly testing for those involved in sports

Those not involved in school sports are still advised to get tested every two weeks.

Trey Lance

With loaded QB draft class, now is the time for Vikings to act

With a strong class, this year might be the time to select Kirk Cousins' successor.

Related

U of M hospital drawn into case of organ trafficker

A donor who said he was paid $25,000 for one of his kidneys – in an illegal transaction – told a federal court this week that he tried to back out at the last minute, before the transplant operation at the U hospital. But the anesthesia knocked him out, he said. U officials wouldn't comment, but they point to rigorous safeguards. The testimony came as part of a case against an organ trafficker in New York.