Hip-Hop for a Cure joins can­cer fight

The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS - Sub­mit­ted Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail

Some young hip-hop artists from Drumheller and be­yond put to­gether their MC skills to raise funds to fight can­cer.

The first an­nual Hip-Hop for a Cure event went on March 25 at Neigh­bours Pub in Drumheller. Lo­cal artists such as J McLean and Lim­itlis MC were joined by other hip-hop artists from across the prov­ince for the ben­e­fit con­cert.

Thomas Schow, who also goes by Apollo XCII said they have been work­ing on the event for a few months.

“My dad passed away from can­cer when I was 17, so when we fi­nally got to the stage of want­ing to do an event, we wanted to do some­thing that gave back to the com­mu­nity,” he said. “We wanted to do some­thing cool and that was my first choice for a char­ity.”

When all was said and done, they were able to raise just over $500 and pre­sented it to the Drumheller Area Health Foun­da­tion for the lo­cal can­cer unit.

The event also show­cased a grow­ing hip-hop com­mu­nity. Schow ex­plains there is a num­ber of lo­cal MCs who have been hon­ing their craft, and Drumheller is also be­com­ing a pop­u­lar venue for out of town artists.

“We are grow­ing as a place for artists from Al­berta to come to,” he said.

He says there is strong sup­port to make this an an­nual event. “We’ll see how much big­ger and bet­ter we can get next year,” he said.

Hip-Hop for a Cure held its first ben­e­fit con­cert and was able to raise $525 Foun­da­tion to ben­e­fit the Drumheller Can­cer Clinic. for the Drumheller Area Health

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