Cancer is a horrible disease that takes a great toll on the lives of the afflicted, as well as their families and friends. Christina Mary McCord is the recipient of particularly aggressive cancers that went undected for much too long, and the agony caused has been great. Like many cancer patients, Christina lost her job and insurance when she was no longer able to perform her duties due to her treatment schedule and the effects of medications. But, while she was losing her support infrastructure the hospital and doctor bills continue to escalate at meteoric pace.
Christina is fighting with more spirit and determination than one would expect for a person with triple negative cancer in either Stage III or IV, and she is not in this fight alone. Several cancer organizations are on her side providing some of the living and treatment assistance that she needs to survive. She has good days and bad days, but she fights on in the hope of eventually overcoming the greatest obstacle in her life. To assist her further a benefit concert has begun to take shape with the dual purpose of providing money to pay some of her medical bills while also contributing to cancer research and treatment by donations to local cancer treatment facilities, especially those supporting the less fortunate who do not have the assets and insurance to pay for the battle. The event will also serve to raise awareness about cancer and treatment options for the benefit of all of us.
A tentative date of Saturday, January 30, 2010, is set as the date for the concert. A venue is currently being negotiated, and once that is confirmed, then plans will move ahead to bring about this event, which it is hoped will be the first of about 20-25 such events in major US cities, each benefitting local cancer organizations. The first concert will be in Dallas, Texas. The talent line-up is awesome, and so far many bands or solo artists have agreed to donate their time and energy for this cause. Others are considering becoming a part of this event. The concert will feature both acoustic and electric performances by local, national and internationally know artists. Dallas rock DJ icon Jon Dillon has agreed to be a Master of Ceremonies, and two other Dallas-area DJ's, one from a rock station and one from a country station, are being asked to consider acting as co-Masters of Ceremonies since the line-up of performers spans many genres of music.
Those who ahve agreed to perform include:
The concert will be an all day event running at least 10-12 hours. Ticket prices will be $35.00 advance or $40.00 at the door. VIP tickets are also available in two levels of particicpation:
GOLD VIP PASS - $1,000.00
SILVER VIP PASS - $500.00
If raffle donations are received, then all proceeds from the raffle will be given to a local cancer charity organization. Additionally, attendees will be encouraged to make donations above the price of tickets to various cancer causes fighting breast cancer and leukemia, though such contributions are strictly voluntary and without expectation.
The promoters intend to pay all expenses for the concert from proceeds received. Christina Mary McCord will receive a donation of cash to offset some of her mounting medical bills. The promoters will draw off 20% of all profits for producing future concerts in other cities. All profits about these amounts will be donated to local, regional, state and/or national/international cancer organizations supporting research for cures and treatment of the afflicted. It is anticipated that substantial donations will result from this first concert, as well as from future concerts on other markets nationwide.
Additional information will be published here as the date draws near.