Blackberry Smoke Donate $30,000 to Pediatric Cancer Research
Blackberry Smoke are giving back in a big way.
At a sold-out homecoming show at the Tabernacle in Atlanta, Ga., on Nov. 27, the group donated $15,000 to CURE Childhood Cancer and another $15,000 to the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt to help fund pediatric cancer research. The money was raised through the band's VIP meet and greet packages at all of their 2015 concerts.
"We are so moved and appreciative to receive these funds from such a fantastic rock band which understands the crisis of childhood cancer ..." says 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.”
In total, Blackberry Smoke have donated more than $130,000 in the past three years to pediatric cancer organizations. The band first got involved when childhood illness struck close to home: Drummer Brit Turner's daughter was diagnosed with Stage IV neuroblastoma when she was just three years old. Fortunately, she received great care from a past recipient of the band's charitable work, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, and made a full recovery.
"Children do not deserve cancer,” says Turner in a press release. “... We were told [my daughter had] 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."
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