NEWS: Blackberry Smoke Donates to CURE Childhood Cancer & Monroe Carell Jr. Children's

December 07, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (November 30, 2015) – In what has become an annual tradition, Blackberry Smoke performed at a sold-out homecoming show at the Tabernacle in Atlanta, Ga., last Friday, where they donated $15,000 to CURE Childhood Cancer and $15,000 to Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. The money was raised through the sale of VIP Meet & Greet packages at their 2015 shows. This latest donation brings the total given by the band to childhood cancer non-profits and research to more than $130,000 over the past three years. Blackberry Smoke’s desire to give was inspired by Lana Turner, the daughter of drummer Brit Turner, who was diagnosed with stage four neuroblastoma at the age of three. Thanks to the incredible care she received from the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, who the band has donated money to in the past, she made a complete recovery and is now a happy and healthy eight year old. This year’s donations will be used to fund pediatric cancer research that will impact children throughout the southeast region and beyond.

 

"We are so moved and appreciative to receive these funds from such a fantastic rock band which understands the crisis of childhood cancer after traveling the journey with the Turner family," said Kristin Connor, Executive Director of CURE Childhood Cancer. "It means so much that Blackberry Smoke shares our mission to eradicate pediatric cancer in our lifetime.”

 

“We are extremely honored that Blackberry Smoke has selected Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt to receive funding for important pediatric cancer research, focusing on neuroblastoma. Support from partners like Blackberry Smoke is critically vital in our current day and age to conduct research for new and innovative therapies that help cure more children of pediatrics cancer with fewer side effects,” said Howard Katzenstein, M.D., professor of Pediatrics, medical director for Pediatric Hematology Oncology and the Scott and Tracie Hamilton Professor in Cancer Survivorship.“It was my privilege to be part of the health care team that took care of Lana Turner during her successful treatment for neuroblastoma. The Turners were such a special family to help care for, and the band (as well as all their fans) was so supportive during all of Lana’s treatment. The funds from Blackberry Smoke will be used to enhance our MIBG directed therapy at Children’s Hospital as part of the newest line of treatment for patients with neuroblastoma that is available at only a handful of pediatric cancer centers across the country.”

 

"Children do not deserve cancer,” said Brit Turner. “The doctors and nurses helped save my daughter’s life when she was diagnosed with stage 4 Neuroblastoma. We were told there was very little chance for survival. The least we can do is to raise money for research and support for childhood cancer patients and their families."

 

About CURE Childhood Cancer: Founded in 1975, Atlanta, GA-based CURE Childhood Cancer is a national non-profit dedicated to conquering childhood cancer through funding targeted research and through supporting patients and their families. With cancer as the second leading cause of death in children and incidence rates rising, CURE has become a leader in advancing research to improve outcomes for affected children, investing at least $2.5 million annually in promising studies. Through innovative programs, CURE provides crisis oriented support to affected families, addressing their critical and urgent needs. For more information visit www.curechildhoodcancer.org and Twitter@curechildcancer

 

About Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt: Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt is a nationally recognized provider of pediatric health care services, currently with ten specialty programs ranked by U.S. News & World Reportmagazine in its Best Children’s Hospitals issue. The hospital is also ranked 13th in the nation by Parents magazine. With more than 400 physicians trained in 30 pediatric and surgical specialties, the 271–bed facility provides the highest level of pediatric health care services and is also a top-tier teaching and research facility. The hospital features Centers of Excellence for the treatment of diabetes and congenital heart disorders, and also offers comprehensive services for other childhood diseases such as cancer, organ and bone marrow transplants, Level 1 pediatric trauma, sickle cell disease, developmental disorders and is home to a Level IV neonatal intensive care unit, the highest designated level of neonatal care. Children’s Hospital opened in 2004, expanded its physical space in 2012, and is readying for additional growth that will add four floors and 160,000 total sq. ft. through its Growing to New Heights Campaign. The new expansion, anticipated to open in 2017, will help advance the size and scope of the hospital’s mission.

 

About Blackberry Smoke: Holding All the Roses compellingly captures the energy, attitude, and honesty that have already helped to make Blackberry Smoke one of America's hottest live rock 'n' roll outfits, a truly grass-roots phenomenon with a large and fiercely loyal fan base. The 12-song set—produced by Grammy-winner Brendan O'Brien, whose previous production clients have included AC/DC, Aerosmith, Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young—showcases the Atlanta-based quintet's emotion-charged mix of bluesy rock, gospel soul, and country, with Charlie Starr's raspy twang matched by his and Paul Jackson's snarling guitars, Brandon Still's hauntingly expressive organ and piano, and the propulsive sibling rhythm section of Richard and Brit Turner. The songs' appeal is further elevated by the band's three-part vocal harmonies and elaborate arrangements that make judicious use of fiddle and added percussion. The depth displayed throughout Holding All the Roses demonstrates how Blackberry Smoke has evolved from rough-edged club act to arena-ready rock 'n' roll juggernaut as well as continues to steadily extend and expand the Southern rock tradition.


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