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Rock for a Cure Benefit Concert


Cancer touches our lives in one way or another.
This weekend, several bands are teaming up for a concert in Fort Walton Beach to fight the deadly disease.

This Sunday, eight different bands will join forces for the sixth annual Rock for a Cure Benefit Concert, for the American Cancer Society. They'll dedicate their performances to victims of that disease.
Local musicians play the concert every year at the block in Ft. Walton Beach.
    They play rock, hip hop, bluegrass, and more.

Those musicians play for..."Everyone. Every family, every person that's out there that's battling with cancer, that has a family member that's struggling with it, for all the people who've lost family members and friends to cancer, that's who it's for," said Tommy Siren.

Tommy Siren created the event after he, and others in his band, lost family members to cancer.
    "It got started because I wanted to make a difference. I wanted to try to find a way to help all my family and friends that had lost people to cancer and so I thought what better way to do it then with a big concert to raise a bunch of money for them."

He says the event is as much as healing as raising money.
    "It's just one giant night of forgetting about the pain of cancer and forgetting about all the people that we've lost and all of the people that are fighting it, and you just get to come together and be there for each other and listen to great music."

Doug Bowers' band has played every year.
    "It's getting to the point that where it just comes together almost where we don't have to think about it. It just comes together because people get behind it and they support it and it's great."
He's lost his best friend, father, and wife to cancer.
   
The event, he says..."..brings a sense of joy to me. I don't feel sadness. I feel hopeful. I feel hopeful."

The dance floor may be empty now, but concert organizers expect hundreds of people to fill it up Sunday evening.