The Listening Room in Nashville was home for a extraordinary SONGS FOR THE CURE benefit for Savannah, a nine year old young gal from Mount Juliet, TN with Stage IV Metastatic Alveolar Rhabdomyo Sarcoma (Rhabdo for short). She was initially diagnosed at age 5 on Feb. 2, 2006 and currently battling for the third time. Rhabdo is a rare and aggressive childhood cancer.
Cancer touches everyone; whether you are a cancer survivor, a parent of child or a child of a parent who has been touched by the disease. Cancer affects everyone regardless of age, race or religion and through such efforts as Songs For The Cure there is renewed hope and moments of bringing light to the dark periods in the lives of those affected through song and music. 100% of the proceeds of SONGS FOR THE CURE goes directly to the family affected.
Savannah’s parents, Robin and Bruce were recognized as the evening’s special guests during the heart touching event, and the special guest of honor, who is currently receiving chemo treatments watched the event dedicated to her online at www.uaradio.net (the live taping is available for replay online); the show was also dedicated to Keith Anderson’s mother who lost her battle with the horrific disease.
A fantastic job of hosting was done by the one and only, Storme Warren of GAC; who warmly introduced each performer, shared touching stories and brought attention to the cause of the evening with special give-a-ways and announcements.
Some of the highlights of the evening included performances by the hit-makers that make Nashville the treasure chest of music and song which it is so well known by. Performers for the Songs For The Cure show included the amazing talent of Mark Wills; Don't Laugh At Me, 19 Somethin', I Do (Cherish You) ,Keith Anderson; Pickin’ Wildflowers, Every time I Hear Your Name ,Julie Roberts; Break Down Here, Wake Up Older, Dean Sams; A member of the band Lonestar! Way too many hits to name them all, Gary Burr; who’s hits include songs with Randy Travis, Patty Lovelace and plays with Ringo, Georgia Middleman; who currently has hit songs by Keith Urban and Sara Buxton, Brian White;13 #1 tunes. "I've Been Watchin You”,” Rough And Ready", Lisa Carver; a long list of hit songs with Jewell, Tim McGraw, Sugarland, Reba, Cory Batten; Two #1's in 2009; one each for Blake Shelton and Chris Young, Brice Long; Gary Allan’s "Today" and “Anything Goes" by Randy Houser, Chas Sandford; "Missing You" and big hit tunes w/Fleetwood Mac, Tina Turner, Billy Yates; George Jones, George Strait, Sara Evans, Joe Nichols, Kenny Chesney, Karyn Williams-White; who has written a book and is an incredible singer/songwriter, Pete Sallis; Rodney Adkins and Bucky Covington and 2006 CCMA honors, Gary Talley; a member of the Boxtops from the 60's. Famous for "The Letter" and made his TV debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. Gary also played with The Doors and Rod Janzen; "Slow And Easy" for Dierks Bentley and his lead guitar player.
Nile Peaytt, the organizer for Songs For The Cure says, “We are songwriters and artists fighting cancer. Not only do we raise money and awareness...but we reach out to the cancer community. We spread hope with our friendship and through our music.”
For photos of the event visit http://www.flickr.com/photos/momentsbymoser/sets/72157623306809958/