Former ANTHRAX guitarist Dan Spitz and his wife, Candi, are featured in a new video clip about Autism Speaks, the organization dedicated to spreading awareness, and the founders of Autism Speaks. Dan and Candi speak about their own personal experience with raising two identical mirror image twin boys that both suffer from autism.
Autism Speaks is the world’s largest autism science and advocacy organization. It was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. The organization is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.
According to Autism Key, Spitz‘s twin sons were born in 2007 and both have since been diagnosed with autism. During that time, he has used his celebrity to help raise awareness about the disorder, particularly among those within the music community. Additionally, Spitz and his wife are strong supporters of Autism Speaks and have recently been featured in one of the organization’s videos promoting its autism walks.
Dealing with autism hasn’t been the only challenge Spitz has faced in recent years. In 2009, he underwent open heart surgery to repair a main artery in his heart that was said to be “almost completely closed.”
Spitz is a born-again Christian and Messianic Jew and in interviews, has frequently cited his faith as an influential component to his life.
Spitz took part in the reunion of ANTHRAX‘s classic lineup in 2005 and 2006 but left the band after ANTHRAX‘s most recent split with singer Joey Belladonna.
In a January 2007 interview with Eddie Trunk of the “Friday Night Rocks” radio show on New York’s Q104.3 FM, ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian stated about Spitz, “Whether people are aware or not, Danny‘s, like, a big deal in the really, really fancy, expensive watch world — like crazy, super-high-end watches — and he’s got his own line of watches coming out. It’s weird, because before the reunion I would read this stuff online, and I would just kind of be like, ‘What the hell…?’ But then like after hanging out with the guy for 20 months and you actually talk to him and see the watches and what-not, I was like, ‘Holy crap!’ It’s a pretty big deal.”