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UHS Foundation is key member of ‘Sock Out Cancer’

April 04, 2018

For a second year, the UHS Foundation is working with other organizations in the Southern Tier to benefit cancer patients and their loved ones through the “Sock Out Cancer” fundraising project and an upcoming concert at The Forum in downtown Binghamton.

The concert, featuring the internationally renowned William Close & The Earth Harp Collective, will take place on Friday, May 11. Net proceeds will help UHS and Lourdes Hospital cancer patients and their families.

The stunning centerpiece of the concert will be the “Earth Harp,” an instrument invented by Mr. Close. Its long strings will stretch above the audience from the stage to the balcony, transforming The Forum itself into a giant instrument. The audience will experience the music from within the instrument. According to The New York Times, “It’s like sitting inside a giant cello.”

“So that our neighbors fighting cancer can also experience this event and enjoy a night out, we are pleased to offer a number of complimentary tickets to local cancer patients,” said Bruce W. Boyea, chairman, president and chief executive officer of the Security Mutual Life Insurance Co. of New York, the founding organization and principal sponsor of Sock Out Cancer.

UHS and Lourdes will be sharing free tickets with their cancer patients, and a limited number of tickets will be available by calling 607-338-SOCK.

Regular tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster and at the Arena/Forum box office.

Mr. Close and his touring show have received ovations worldwide for their original hybrid of classical and contemporary music. Mr. Close was a finalist on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” and is credited with creating the world’s largest stringed instrument.

Sock Out Cancer is a community-based, nonprofit initiative formed to help financially distressed cancer patients and their families. It provides money for non-medical needs, such as transportation, groceries, rent or mortgage payments.
It is funded through donations, events and the net proceeds from the sale of multi-colored socks symbolizing the fight against cancer in all its forms.

The UHS Foundation will sell the socks at both UHS Hospitals gift shops and at UHS Oncology in Wilson Square.

Last year, the UHS Foundation granted $21,000 to provide support to 17 UHS oncology patients.

For more information, visit sockoutcancer.org.