British band Status Quo rocked out at a charity gig in London last week (ends03Apr11) to raise awareness of Crohn's disease.
The band performed a set at The Hurlingham Club in the U.K. capital on Thursday (31Mar11) to help the Crohn's and Colitis UK organisation.
Singer/guitarist Rick Parfitt has a personal connection to the cause as his son, Rick Parfitt, Jr., suffers from the painful gastrointestinal disorder.
Parfitt, Jr. first displayed symptoms of the disease at the age of nine, but was misdiagnosed by doctors several times - and his father has heaped praise on his son for courageously dealing with the disorder and setting up The Rpj Crohn's Foundation to raise awareness and funds for charity.
The singer tells Sky News, "I've seen what Rick's been through and it's an awful disease to have. I'm so proud of him and it's been quite hard to deal with as parents, but he does great and he's a very brave boy."
Parfitt, Jr. adds, "Crohn's disease is a hugely painful, embarrassing and debilitating disease which for me involved countless operations and still does to this day. But I am a big believer in positive mental attitude - it is tough with Crohn's - but you're dealt with these cards (sic) and I want to put it out there that if you suffer with the disease, it shouldn't hold you back."