New Orleans music champion and Offbeat Magazine publisher Jan Ramsey battles rare lung cancer

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) — Jan Ramsey, who for more than 30 years has championed the New Orleans music scene as publisher and editor of Quirky magazinehas been diagnosed with a rare form of lung cancer and is undergoing treatment, according to a friend and supporter.

“She was diagnosed with a rare type of lung cancer,” wrote filmmaker Michael Murphy. in a fundraising campaign launched on gofundme.com. “Jan will be undergoing treatment to fight the disease and needs financial help. Please donate to help Jan and her husband pay for medical bills and family living expenses during this difficult time.

The campaign launched on August 26 and has raised over $14,000 towards its target goal of $150,000.

Offbeat Magazine was a hard labor of love for 71-year-old Ramsey, who fiercely championed the city’s music and culture scene through the pages of his print magazine and later his website.

“Throughout the time that I have known her, Jan’s passion has been telling the world about New Orleans culture and music,” Murphy wrote. “She has been a friend to musicians, artists, music clubs and all bearers of New Orleans culture.”

Ramsey’s “Mojo Mouth” essays are required reading for those who want to keep their finger on the pulse of New Orleans musical happenings or to enjoy the New Orleans native’s daydreams. And the annual celebration of Ramsey’s fan-voted awards – The Best of The Beat Awards – has become something akin to a local version of the Grammy Awards.

Ramsey has self-described as “a (former) good Catholic girl” who is “most excited about making sure the music is front and center in the minds of everyone who lives here or wants to live here”.

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