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From Diagnosis to a New Mission

East Cobb resident, rock and roll superstar, and my friend, John Driskell Hopkins was diagnosed with ALS on December 22, 2021. Although it took a couple of months for John to get his head wrapped around what that would mean for him personally; John and his wife Jennifer, went into action founding a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  In that most precious of moments; “Hop On A Cure” in support of ALS was founded. Their dedication to changing the face of ALS had begun.  Once everything was figured out, John or HOP, as he is lovingly referred to by family, friends, and fans worldwide, made the news public by sharing his diagnosis while surrounded by his friends from the Jack Brown Band on May 21, 2022.

“We are jumping on every opportunity that comes our way to get involved and make a large noise in the name of ALS,” said HOP. “I don’t expect to find the cure myself but, I have a platform in music.”  “We are always reaching out and partnering with other musical groups to raise critical funds in support of research and those of us living with ALS.”  And, with musical talents such as Zac Brown Band, Indigo Girls, Balsam Range, and the one and only Debbie Boone all stepping up to help HOP on his mission; it’s just beginning. “I think the community is incredibly strong,” said HOP; “we have a real opportunity to make our voices heard.” 

The holidays are very special for Hop and his family. “My kids have been amazing this year,” said Hop. “We expect to get a visit from Santa unless they blow it between now and then.”  YOU BETTER WATCH OUT!  

Hop's fourth Christmas album "Let's Get Frosty" with Yacht Rock Revue will be available this time next year. 

Would you like a sneak ‘listen’ to next year’s holiday release?  John Driskell Hopkins and many of his dearest friends are on stage together at Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center on December 15 and, it is benefitting “Hop on a Cure.” 

What a perfect way to welcome Christmas; the season of giving.

For more information or to support HOP, please visit

  • Hop with Debby Boone and Yacht Rock, new single for the holidays, "Snow"