Music for Cure raises thousands for cancer center

Mar. 13, 2013 @ 05:15 AM

The Music for a Cure benefit to help the Levine Cancer Center had its fifth annual performance last weekend. 

The total amount of money raised has not been tallied yet, but in the past it has raised more than $7,000, Organizer Norma Ward said. 

The concert was held at Wingate University and featured Deeper Shade of Blue, The Hisnon Girls and award-winning band IIIrd Tyme Out. 

For Ward, it is a very personal event. 

“This year I’ll be a 40-year breast cancer survivor,” she said. 

Her husband, Doc Ward, is currently battling Stage 4 lung cancer. 

“We’re giving back,” Ward said. “It makes you feel great. It just does something. Everybody enjoys it...it just makes you feel good.” 

This year, about 400 tickets were sold. It snowed the morning of the event and Ward thinks that may have affected attendance. In previous years they have sold more than 700 tickets for the event, she said.

Main Street Music was one of the big sponsors of this year’s event, Ward said. 

“We want to thank everybody that sponsored us with the event,” she added.

Plans are already in the works for next year’s benefit concert. They are planning to do a few things differently.