Jamey Johnson, Jerrod Niemann, Jessi Colter, Shooter Jennings and Alyssa Bonagura to Perform Nikki Mitchell Foundation Annual Benefit Concert
NASHVILLE, TN July 22, 2015 – Tickets are now on sale for the 3rd Annual Nikki Mitchell Foundation Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Benefit featuring some of music entertainment’s top selling artists.
Set to take place Wednesday, September 23rd at the Marathon Music Works in Nashville TN, the event will host a stunning combination of Americana, Southern Rock, and Country music legends all sharing the stage in an effort to raise money for Pancreatic Cancer patients. Platinum Selling and Multiple Grammy Award nominated artist, Jamey Johnson will headline the event with additional performances by: Jerrod Niemann, Shooter Jennings, Jessi Colter, Alyssa Bonagura, Julie Roberts, Chris Hennessee, Waylon Payne, Whiskey Myers, Carters Chord, and Kevin “Frenchie” Sciou. More performers will be announced.
Proceeds of the event will benefit the Nikki Mitchell Foundation and its “Bridge of Wings” initiative, a gas card program designed to lessen the burden of transportation costs associated with Pancreatic Cancer patients receiving treatment or participating clinical trials. “Nashville is home to the largest number of clinical trials in the world. The fact that some people cannot participate in these potentially life saving trials simply because they cannot afford the gas it takes to get to and from treatment centers is unacceptable” says Nikki Mitchell Foundation President, Rhonda Miles, “We’re gonna do something about that.”
The foundation’s namesake, Nikki Mitchell, who was Country Music icon Waylon Jennings’ business manager for 22 years, passed away from Pancreatic Cancer in 2013 at the age of 58.
According to the American Cancer Society, Pancreatic Cancer is currently the fourth leading cause of cancer in the United States and is anticipated to become the second by 2020. It has the highest mortality rate of all major cancers. 93% of pancreatic cancer patients will die within five years of diagnosis – only 7% will survive more than 5 years and 73% die within the first year of diagnosis. It is the leading cause of cancer death largely because there are no detection tools to diagnose the disease in its early stages. Currently The National Cancer Institute spends a mere 1.8% of its approximate $5.8 billion budget on Pancreatic Cancer Research
Some of the most influential names in American culture have been affected by Pancreatic Cancer: Steve Jobs, Patrick Swayze, Sally Ride, Luciano Pavoratti, Syd Barret, Jack Benny, Donna Reed, Charlie Louvin, Ben Gazzara, Joan Crawford, Michael Landon, Count Basie and Dizzy Gillespie have all died from the disease
$28 GA Tickets are on sale for now through TicketFly at http://bit.ly/NMFMarathonShow Doors open at 7pm CDT . Businesses interested in sponsoring the event can contact Nikki Mitchell Foundation directly at 615.982.6903 or [email protected]