“Country Boots Cancer” Show Raises $40,300 for Johns Hopkins Medicine

“Country Boots Cancer,” the Aug. 19 benefit concert featuring Jamey Johnson and hosted by the Nikki Mitchell Foundation, raised $40,300 for Johns Hopkins Medicine.

The show at Rams

Head Live! in Baltimore, MD also featured Chris Hennessee, who performed songs from his new album “Ramble.”

One hundred percent of the profits will be donated to the new Pancreatic Cancer Precision Medicine Program (PCMoE) at Johns Hopkins Hospital. This program will offer precision testing, imaging, biopsy, assessment and treatment plans to all patients with aims of improving care for patients currently diagnosed and to support research efforts to find a cure. Through th

e precision medicine program patients can have their tumors sequenced to detect potential mutations that could guide their therapy, eliminating a ‘one size fits all’ approach.

The event’s speakers included Nikki Mitchell Foundation President Rhonda Miles, four-year pancreatic cancer survivor Lisa Eidelberg and Johns Hopkins Medicine surgeon Dr. Matthew Weiss. Nikki Mitchell Foundation would like to give a special thanks to Lisa Eidelberg and Lindsey Manos of JHM, who spent countless hours fundraising, recruiting volunteers and donations and promoting the show and the cause.

The Nikki Mitchell Foundation is named in honor of Waylon Jennings’ beloved late manager of 22 years, Nikki Mitchell, who died of pancreatic cancer in 2013.

One of Mitchell’s last wishes was for her foundation to continue to support Johns Hopkins, where she received excellent care and felt wholly supported on her cancer journey.







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Artist photos by Brandon Amos at Low Light Photography.

Cancer Treatment Gift Guide


Want to do something for a loved one who’s undergoing chemotherapy but don’t know what to do, what to get, or even what to say? I recently struggled with these questions when a friend who lives out of state told me she has cancer and has been on chemo for the last few months. This is just the beginning for her, as she has multiple surgeries scheduled for when she recovers from the infusions.

I chose get well gifts tailored to combat the effects of chemo and make her more comfortable during the treatment. Since my friend has surgeries after chemo, I hoped some of the items could help in her recovery as well.

Gift ideas:

Robe and slippers – To wear when feeling sick after chemo or surgery. Robes with pockets can hold drains if the patient will have them.

Ginger candies or butterscotch – Both help combat dry mouth as well as the metallic taste chemo leaves in the mouth.

Peppermint tea, nausea drops or queasy pops – Most people are nauseous during and after chemotherapy.

Head scarves, beanies, hat – This one is obvious, but when chemo patients lose their hair, they are frequently cold. A pashmina wrap can double as a headscarf or shoulder wrap.

Ways to pass the time – Treatments can take up to 8 hours and can be very boring sitting in the same room for that long. Items like magazines, audiobooks, crosswords or playing cards can help pass the time and distract the patient. If the person is crafty or hands-on, think about an embroidery kit, knitting supplies or an adult coloring book with markers or colored pencils.

Notebooks and notepads – Many patients get “chemo brain” (see article about that here) and their memories are foggy and they become forgetful. Writing things down will help them remember and give them more control over their daily lives.

Eye mask, earplugs, neck pillow, blanket, socks, slippers – Feel comfortable and for naps in the chemo chair and block out other patients who make them uncomfortable (i.e. snorers).

Unscented lotions – Chemo can lead to dry and itchy skin. Choose unscented lotions and creams, as patients can be sensitive to smells.

What are your thoughts on gifts for cancer patients? We’d love to hear your ideas, so feel free to leave them in the comments section.