BANGOR, Maine — The Husson University-New England School of Communications chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America will host its second annual Music Saved Me benefit show at 8 p.m. Friday, April 6, at Curva Ultra Lounge, 103 Park St. in Orono. Proceeds from the event will benefit patients of the pediatric oncology unit at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.
Erin Falwell, 22, a leukemia survivor, and NESCom chapter member, came up with the idea for the event.
“In the hospital, I would see kids my age — 14 — and very young children undergo the harsh treatment of chemotherapy and the side effects of medications. The staff would do all they could to help us pass the time and distract us from it all. A child’s laughter is not hard to come by when they are full of energy and playing outside, but it is much harder to come by inside an oncology center. This is why we must do everything [we can] to help keep these kids’ spirits high,” Falwell said. “I volunteered this idea because it’s so close to me.”
Her vision is for proceeds from the event to directly benefit children with cancer, to be used to purchase music, movies, educational toys, an iPod that could be shared, a game console, popular books, books on tape and blank books for journaling the experience of being ill.
“Curva Ultra owner Kory Tibbets was nice enough to donate his venue for the night,” said sophomore Conor Sweeney, a Husson University marketing major and chapter president.
He said event organizers are working with Joshua Scroggins, director of Children’s Miracle Network. Scroggins serves as the Husson-NESCom students’ liaison with the EMMC pediatric oncology unit.
“He is a good mentor for this process, and Nancy Roberts, our faculty adviser, has been a huge help. We’ve done a lot of the work, but with the help of our adult peers around us.” Sweeney said the chapter intends to keep the pediatric oncology unit as the beneficiary of its future fundraising efforts. The goal this year is to raise $5,000, he said.
The event will feature Maine-based bands Paranoid Social Club, When Particles Collide, Mines of Paris, One Shot Nothing and The Transducers. Paul Wolfe of Z107.3 radio will host the show.
Tickets are $10 each or two for $15 and may be purchased in advance at Bull Moose Music or at the door on the night of the show.