Concert to honor breast can­cer sur­vivors Sun­day

The Covington News - - The second front - RACHEL GOFF rgoff@cov­news.com

Sur­viv­ing breast can­cer is a feat that should be cel­e­brated; that’s why New­ton Med­i­cal Cen­ter is host­ing an up­lift­ing concert Sun­day in honor of those sur­vivors.

The Sounds of Hope Concert will in­cor­po­rate lo­cal food ven­dors along with the big band sounds of Mack McKibben and Drive Time to bring fam­ily and friends to­gether of sur- vivors and those cur­rently bat­tling the dis­ease.

“I think ev­ery­one has been af­fected some­how by this hor­ri­ble dis­ease in one way or an­other,” McKibben said. “This is just a way to cheer on these ladies and say we love you, we ad­mire you and we re­ally want to sup­port you.”

McKibben, who owns McKibben Mu­sic in Cov­ing­ton, said he wanted to do some­thing for the Breast Can­cer Foun­da­tion and brought the idea of hav­ing a concert on the down­town Cov­ing­ton square to the New­ton Med­i­cal Aux­il­iary.

“My wife had breast can­cer, and I thought why don’t we do some­thing on the square and see if we can jump start it (Na­tional Breast Can­cer Aware­ness Month) and do a fundraiser,” he said. “These women are such champs and my heart goes out them.”

Na­tional Breast Aware­ness Month is an an­nual in­ter­na­tional health cam- paign or­ga­nized by ma­jor breast can­cer char­i­ties ev­ery Oc­to­ber to in­crease aware­ness of the dis­ease and to raise funds for re­search.

Ad­mis­sion is free and the event be­gins at 6 p.m. Sun­day in the down­town Cov­ing­ton square with food and bev­er­age avail­able for pur­chase from Bradley’s, Plain Nuts, Amici’s and Square Perks with mu­sic from Mack

McKibben and Drive Time start­ing at 7 p.m.

McKibben said at­ten­dees should ex­pect to hear up­lift­ing cov­ers from his band of mu­si­cians like Lionel Richie, Diana Ross and Earth, Wind & Fire.

Food ven­dors still wish- ing to be a part of the event still can and should contact Cov­ing­ton Main Street Di­rec­tor Josephine Kelly at (770) 385-2077, said Martha Tay­lor, NMC di­rec­tor of Vol­un­teer Ser­vices.

En­velopes will be passed around dur­ing the event for those who wish to do­nate, Tay­lor said. For more in­for­ma­tion, call (770) 788-6553.

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