What does it take to stop you?

It took brain cancer, anaplastic astrocytoma, to stop Brian Jopson, of Dracut.

Jopson spent his life wanting to become a U.S. Marine. In 2007, he succeeded.

In August of 2008, his dream was ended by a brain tumor.

But Jopson wasn’t done fighting. In 2009, after a fight, his discharged status was changed to reflect his medical condition. His honor was officially restored.

On Feb. 5, 2012, Jopson passed away. His fight is over.

But this weekend, the friends who Jopson left behind here in Lowell are holding two benefits in his honor. They will help Jopson’s family defray funeral expenses, and also benefit the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and the Wounded Warrior Project.

The first is Friday at 6:30 p.m., at the Brewery Exchange, 201 Cabot St., Lowell. Tickets are $10 in advance, or $12 at the door.

Brian was a big supporter of the local heavy music scene, and those he once supported will return the favor on Friday. Powerwolves, Anti-Venom, Battleships!, Stoploss and Life & Limb will play.

For tickets to either event, call Edwin Lavallee at 978-888-7308.

The second show is on Sunday at The Village Smokehouse, 98 Middle St., Lowell. It starts at 5:30 p.m. This time some local hip hop acts, including Ordeal, Cody Pope of Vatican Life Music Group, and L.E.E. of Secret Society will perform.

Admission is $10, and the Smokehouse is donating 15 percent of all food receipts between 6 and 10 to Brian’s family, Dana Farber, and the Wounded Warrior Project.

Anyone who can’t make it to the shows, or who just isn’t into this type of music, can donate to Dana Farber using this link.


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