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Music saves kids with cancer at EMMC

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How one student organization is making a difference

BANGOR - Rock out at Curva Ultra Lounge Friday, April 06, 2012. The Husson/NESCom chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) is hosting the second annual Music Saved Me Benefit Show - featuring five Maine-based bands, including Paranoid Social Club, When Particles Collide, Mines of Paris, One Shot Nothing and The Transducers. Z 107.3's Paul Wolfe hosts the show.

'It's going to be a blast,' said Conor Sweeney, who is involved in publicity for the event. He's hoping to reach out beyond the Husson Campus and have the public from the greater Bangor area attend to help raise money. 'The goal was to mainstream it and make sure the community knows about it.'

Proceeds raised from Music Saved Me will benefit pediatric oncology at Eastern Maine Medical Center. Leukemia survivor Erin Falwell is helping organize Music Saved Me for its second year, as it has become an annual event for PRSSA. Music Saved Me will help EMMC's patients through arts and entertainment.

'In the hospital I would see kids my age (14) and very young children undergo harsh treatments. The staff would do all they could to help us pass the time and distract us from it all,' said Falwell in a press release. 'A child's laughter is not hard to come by when they are full of energy and playing outside, but it is much harder to come by inside an oncology center. This is why we must do everything to help keep these kids' spirits high.'

Curva Ultra Lounge kindly offered their space as a venue for the show free of charge. Working on a tight budget, this donation is a great help for PRSSA. 'I never expected it to go so well last year, I was blown away by the amount of support from the community and the NESCom A/V crew. I'm so glad we're doing this again - and this year we have the opportunity to raise a lot more for EMMC,' said PRSSA's V.P. Selma Basic.

Music Saved Me is at 8 p.m. Friday, April 6,at Curva Ultra Lounge in Orono. Come for a rockin' good time and to support a great cause. Tickets can be purchased at Bull Moose Music for the price of $10 a ticket, or $15 for two. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door on the night of the show.

Last modified on Thursday, 05 April 2012 12:10

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