ShareThis Page
New Kensington sister’s plight inspires musician’s benefits |

New Kensington sister’s plight inspires musician’s benefits

Musician Mike Piroch’s sister, Anna Piroch, was excited that he planned a concert dedicated to helping her pay medical bills after she was diagnosed with cancer in 2008.

“Concert for Anna” was scheduled for Labor Day weekend that year.

But Anna died a little over a month before she was able to enjoy the sounds of her brother’s band, Creep.

Saddened by her death and facing medical and funeral costs, Piroch, along with several Alle-Kiski and Pittsburgh-area bands, played for a large crowd at the Praha Hotel in Tarentum and dedicated the concert in her memory.

“She didn’t have life insurance,” he said. “We didn’t want to just cremate her, and the concert was something she wanted.”

Since then, Piroch and area bands have been teaming up on Labor Day weekend to keep Anna’s memory alive.

On Saturday and yesterday, Creep and nine Alle-Kiski and Pittsburgh-area bands hosted “Concert for Anna III” at the Praha Hotel.

The proceeds were donated to Rock for Life Inc., an Alle-Kiski nonprofit that assists families with medical and other needs, and to the family of Nathan Keibler of Ford City for expenses incurred when their 8-year-old son died in an auto accident earlier this summer. The family didn’t have life insurance for the boy.

“This is such a great way to honor her in a way she probably couldn’t have done if she was here,” Piroch said.

Last year, Piroch donated the proceeds from the concert to The Make-A-Wish Foundation, Wesley Spectrum for Autistic Disorders and Rock for Life Inc.

“The Make-A-Wish Foundation was something I always thought was a nice thing,” Piroch said. “Most of the recipients are terminal, and to have a good memory before you pass on is a great thing. It is a way to ease the pain on your way out.”

Piroch’s 13-year-old son, Jonathan, was diagnosed with attention-deficient hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and Asperger’s syndrome at a young age.

Since attending the Wesley Spectrum Academy in Upper St. Clair, he has nearly no signs of the syndrome.

“He has gotten a lot of help from them,” Piroch said.

“I am in a band that goes all year round,” he said. “I know this time of year is always going to be synonymous (with her death) for me and my family, and it is something I feel very strongly about.”

Additional Information:

Mike Piroch

Hometown: New Kensington.

Family: Wife, Desiree; sons: Jonathan and Kane.

Favorite thing about the Valley: ‘I have been here all my life, and it always felt like home to me. Everyone is close.’

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.