of live music
raises funds supporting
lung cancer research
McGRATHPR.com – Upstage Lung Cancer (ULC), in its fifth year partnering with the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation, presents I Got Rhythm: In Love with Gershwin and Cole Porter, on Thursday, April 5, 7:30 pm at the Mosesian Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street, Watertown. All concert proceeds will benefit the Addario Lung Cancer Medical Institute’s (ALCMI) Genomics of Young Lung Cancer study and research for improved early detection of lung cancer.
International jazz and cabaret recording artists The Follen Angels take center stage for a spectacular evening of entertainment in I Got Rhythm, featuring the beloved songs by two of the 20th century’s most treasured composers – George Gershwin and Cole Porter. Hosted by WBZ’s celebrity radio personality Jordan Rich, this inspirational night of live music strikes a chord to raise awareness of the changing face of lung cancer. The evening features special guest ensemble The Unisons, an all-male contemporary a cappella group from Northeastern University, known for performing up-tempo contemporary tunes in venues on campus all the way to Boston’s Symphony Hall. Guest speakers include Dr. Jacob Sands, a leading lung cancer clinician and researcher at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and Steven Young, President and Chief Operating Office of ALCMI, who will share stories of lung cancer in younger people and the research on the quest for a cure.
Founded in Boston in 2008, ULC is the only cancer advocate organization to exclusively utilize music and the performing arts to increase awareness, de-stigmatize the lung cancer disease, and raise funds for cutting-edge early detection research. ULC’s founder, lung cancer survivor, and jazz recording artist Hildy Grossman (lead singer, The Follen Angels) has combined her passion for music with her desire to foster knowledge about lung cancer in the hopes to spotlight new directions in research and early detection of lung cancer.
“Every two and a half minutes someone is diagnosed with lung cancer, and it’s increasingly happening in the prime of life and to those who never smoked.” Grossman continues, “Lung cancer is the number one cancer killer, and more than 60% of patients are diagnosed at advanced stages when a cure is not feasible. The five-year survival rates for patients with advanced disease is less than 10%, but, if caught at the earliest stage, survival is greater than 70%. We need a reliable and easily accessible method to detect lung cancer earlier. That’s what our concerts are for – songs to save lives. We can and must do something, and we can do that together. The time is now.”
Since its inception, Upstage Lung Cancer has funded over $2 million in early detection research grants. This year grants were awarded to leading doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Koch Institute at MIT. The non-profit maintains ongoing partnerships with LUNGevity Foundation, Addario Lung Cancer Foundation, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Koch Institute at MIT to ensure investments in the finest research opportunities possible.
Tickets to I Got Rhythm are $25 general admission, $45 reserved seating, and VIP tickets are available at $100 and $250. Upstage Lung Cancer is proud to offer complimentary tickets to lung cancer survivors. For tickets, and more information about the Mosesian Center for the Arts, visit www.mosesianarts.org, call 617-923-8487, or stop by the box office, free parking is available on site. For more information about Upstage Lung Cancer, visit UpstageLungCancer.org . To learn more about the Genomics of Young Lung Cancer study, visit alcmi.net/research/goylc-study.
Photos: Images of The Follen Angels by Bob Bond Photography