FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 15, 2013
Nationally touring rock band N.E.D. makes first Alaska appearance as headliner for gynecologic cancer awareness weekend Feb. 1-3
No Evidence of Disease (N.E.D.), a band composed of six of the nation’s leading gynecologic oncology surgeons including Anchorage-based surgeon Dr. Joanie Hope, will perform at Tap Root next month. Their inaugural appearance in Alaska is part of the Feb. 1-3 weekend dedicated to raising awareness and education about women’s cancers.
The Rhythm Heals concert at Tap Root will be N.E.D.’s first performance in lead vocalist Dr. Joanie Hope’s stomping grounds, where she practices as Alaska’s only gynecologic oncology surgeon. Formed in 2008, the nationally recognized band has released two albums and toured throughout the nation promoting awareness of gynecologic cancers.
“Our mission is to encourage women to be ‘down-there’ aware,” said Dr. Hope. “The themes of our songs intersect rock music and the struggle of living with cancer – life, loss and universal love. Alaska has never had this many gynecologic oncology surgeons in one place at one time before.”
Alaska sensation the Meg Mackey Band will open the Rhythm Heals concert on Feb. 2 at 9 p.m. Tickets are $20 at the door or $15 online in advance.
The concert is presented by local volunteer group Let Every Woman Know – Alaska, as part of a series of events geared toward women’s cancer awareness. Events throughout the first weekend of February include an arts showcase featuring works by artists whose lives have been touched by cancer; an inspirational survivors workshop, presented by the Foundation for Women’s Cancer; and the “No Evidence of Disease.” documentary film premiere at Bear Tooth Theatrepub, featuring another live set from N.E.D. and a special tribute to Alaskan women affected by gynecologic cancers.
A full breakdown of event information, times and locations is available at leteverywomanknow.org/events.
Let Every Woman Know – Alaska is a group of Anchorage-based volunteers dedicated to raising awareness and education about women’s cancers in Alaska. For more information, visit www.LetEveryWomanKnow. org