The Lower Niagara Community Survivors group will again host “RockOut Cancer” to raise money for those fighting cancer. This year’s fundraiser starts with a 7 p.m. preparty tonight, at the Lewiston Stone House on Center Street. Special guests include Summer of ’69 with Gary Baker, and the Rev. Monsignor David LiPuma, formerly of St. Peter R.C. Church.
“That’s just a $10 donation that goes right to the cancer fund,” organizer Emery Simon said.
“RockOut Cancer” proper takes place from noon to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, also at the Stone House.
“We have live music, food, eggplant from Casa Antica, pasta from Gallo, and the chicken from The Brickyard,” he said. “It's $25, and we feed you, and we have music throughout the day. There'll be basket raffles.”
Unlike organizations and individuals raising money for cancer awareness, research and treatment, Lower Niagara Community Survivors looks to help individuals with day-to-day needs.
Simon said, “We continue to help people that are going through cancer with ancillary expenses. We give them Tops food cards; we give them money so that they can pay their life bills, I call them.
“Paying your medical bill isn't going to stop you from getting evicted. You need to make sure you pay your mortgage, make sure you pay your insurance, pay your utilities, and you obviously need to eat. So, that's where we give the Tops food cards.”
Over the past year, “We've kept two people in their homes – from being evicted out of their houses, because they couldn't pay their mortgage,” Simon said. “That's a huge thing. We (helped) somebody else who wasn't eating, because he didn't have the money to buy food, because the bill collectors were on him. … So, they were the doing what they thought was right – paying their medical bills – but now they're not eating.”
Committee members posted on Facebook, “It’s difficult to imagine a worthier cause. 100% of your ticket cost benefits cancer patients in our community, helping them pay their rent, buy groceries, and survive at the moment they need our help most, when they are at their most vulnerable, in the scariest time of their lives. …
“3 great bands. The end of summer. At the joint with some of the coolest vibes in Niagara County.”
For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/communitysurvivors/.
Sevenson Environmental Services provided funds for Friday’s event, while Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center and Tops Friendly Markets are sponsoring Sunday’s festivities.
The Lower Niagara Community Survivors’ mission statement is “To provide training, resources and a platform needed to empower survivors to provide support to their neighbors currently fighting cancer; provide monetary assistance for those currently fighting cancer to help cover day-to-day activities that may get pushed aside when trying to heal.”
The group stated, “We are proud to support members of our community. We help with basic chores such as snow removal, lawn care, car maintenance, and house cleaning so our neighbors can focus on healing.
“We rely on the generosity of individuals and businesses in our community to lend a helping hand by donating their services, volunteering their time, or making a charitable donation.”
For more information, visit www.facebook.com/communitysurvivors.