Third Annual Choirs for Cancer A Success
Posted Date: 11/29/2012
Gospel music great Babbie Mason led an evening of unforgettable music to raise hope for local cancer patients.
For the third consecutive year, west Georgians have brought hope to local cancer patients through music.
By supporting Tanner Medical Foundation’s third annual Choirs for Cancer concert, hundreds of audience members and thirty-seven sponsors helped raise nearly $50,000 to help local cancer patients with treatment, medication and expenses related to their cancer care. Since it’s inception, Choirs for Cancer has raised more than $170,000 to assist cancer patients in our community.
Babbie Mason opened the concert by delivering an unforgettable rendition of Amazing Grace. Her performance also included favorites “You Love Me,” “This I Know For Sure,” “Great is Thy Faithfulness” and “Standing in the Gap.”
Concert highlights also included outstanding performances by Adoration of Carrollton First United Methodist Church directed by Rev. Mark Barnes, Haralson County High School Chorus directed by Martie Abney, HIS mark, Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church directed by Donnie Muse and Piney Grove Missionary Baptist Church directed by Bryant Marshall.
Rev. Alan Schantz, Associate Pastor for Music and Worship at Tabernacle Baptist Church, directed the combined choirs with Babbie Mason in a moving performance of “He Never Failed Me Yet,” “I Know Who Holds Tomorrow,” and the powerful finale, “Go Light Your World.”
Setting the stage for an evening of uplifting music, concertgoers were treated to performances by the Carroll Ringers of Carrollton First United Methodist Church and pianist, Dr. Joe Lipham, DDS, prior to the concert.
For the first time in Choirs for Cancer history, a poignant video allowed audience members to hear directly from cancer patients who have been assisted by funds raised by the event.
“Financially, going through cancer is very difficult,” said breast cancer survivor, Jane Raburn. “Even if you have a job and insurance, there are so many things that factor in that you don’t expect.”
Francis Clark, helped by funds raised by Choirs for Cancer in his battle again colon cancer, said “It made me feel really good that there were people out there that care, that would help financially take a little bit of the burden and the pressure off of me.”