Eddie Vedder seems to be on a mission to end 2016 on a high note. A few days ago, he funded a pretty epic Christmas morning for a family in need. Now, he's continuing on with his giving streak by returning quite a big favor performed 15 years ago.
In 2001, Keith Baxter and his teenage daughter Ashley rescued Vedder and his friends from the water in Hawaii after their sailboat was overturned by strong winds. Sadly, earlier this year Keith Baxter got into a boating accident himself in which a rusty anchor stabbed his calf, leaving him with a serious bone infection.
Ashley Baxter recently ran into Kacky Ovrom Chamberlain, a member of Vedder’s 2001 capsized crew and told her about the accident. Chamberlain helped the Baxter family open a GoFundMe page to raise money for Keith Baxter’s medical treatments with a fundraising goal of $70,000.
When Vedder and his Pearl Jam gang (Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament, Mike McCready and Matt Cameron) heard the news, they opted to match the fundraising goal, increasing the account’s grand total to $140,000. Check out Ashley Baxter discussing Pearl Jam’s awesome belated thank you note below.