Sock Out Cancer concert raises $110,000
Close to 1,000 attended Sock Out Cancer’s special concert at The Forum Friday night, with the event raising $110,000 to benefit oncology patients in the Southern Tier.
The funds were split evenly between the UHS and Lourdes foundations, which will pass the money on to financially distressed cancer patients and their families. Sock Out Cancer provides dollars specifically for non-medical needs, such as transportation, groceries, rent or mortgage payments.
The concert featured music from the 80’s performed by Alex Ligertwood, former lead singer of Santana, and Kevin Chalfant who has been a vocalist with Journey. They were backed by the Phillip Myers Band which also played songs from Van Halen, Led Zeppelin, Boston and U2.
Cory Jacobs, executive director of the UHS Foundation expressed appreciation to all who supported the Sock Out Cancer program. “Since its inception," Jacobs said, " the program has raised $ 300,000, helping more than 150 cancer patients deal with financial challenges. Cancer creates an enormous strain on an individual or a family, beyond the medical aspect. The Foundation administers the program and works with a committee to review applications for assistance.”
The foundations raise Sock Out Cancer money through the concert, additional donations and the net proceeds from the sale of multi-colored socks symbolizing the fight against cancer in all its forms.
The socks will continue to be available at the hospital gift shops. Socks can also be purchased online at sockoutcancer.org , as well as at area Mirabito Convenience Stores.