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Tower of Power's Rocco Prestia To Have Kidney Transplant

Francis "Rocco" Prestia, bass player for Tower of Power since 1970, will undergo a life saving kidney transplant in December.

Prestia has had serious medical problems since 2001 that has, at times, limited his ability to participate in his music. On Wednesday, Rocco began the preparations to finally receive a new kidney.
Hey everybody, Rocco here. I just wanted to give you an update on what's happening with me. First off I'd like to thank everyone who has either donated to my medical fund or given their time and energy. It is greatly appreciated to say the least!

Today, October 29th, I began the process and the transplant surgery is scheduled for December 5th. I have been cleared for the surgery and after months of testing a compatible donor has been found and we have both gone through the lengthy process of testing and screening and have been given the green light to get this done. After about 3 months of recouperation time I will be rejoining my TOP Brothers back on stage.

For now, I have to go through a series of pre-transplant procedures and prepare for my body to receive this precious gift. I will keep you updated as we get closer to December 5th.

It's hard to find the right words to express how much I appreciate the generosity and love you have shown me so for now I'll just say so long and and I'll see you down the road!!

THANK YOU so much for your support!

Sincerely, ROCCO
When Rocco auditioned for Tower of Power, he was a guitarist, but the band asked him to switch to bass which he has played for TOP since 1970. During his time with the band, Tower of Power has established themselves as one of the premier R&B/funk bands in music. Their hits include You're Still a Young Man (1972), So Very Hard to Go (1973) and What is Hip? (1974).

Those interested in donating to Rocco's fund can do so via Paypal.