Saturday, April 30, 2011

A Benefit For Nancy: A Musician Facing Cancer

As anyone in Harper's Canada knows, we artists are a bunch of greedy spoiled leeches. What with our subsistence and poverty level incomes, utter lack of health and dental benefits, estrangement from any sort of job security and from concepts like retirement or pensions and the like. Yet, when there is a crisis or cause, the first persons turned to after the professional first responders are the artists. We give willingly of our time and talents to perform at benefits and to foster hope for healing and recovery. It is a privilege to do so and we do so gladly, from the coffee house to the concert hall, from the neighbourhood to the satellite broadcast we do what we can, at every level, because it is the right thing to do.

Today, I am asking you to give back some of that love and concern for one of our own. Nancy Borusiewich is very ill with ovarian cancer. She can not earn a living. She can not do what she trained so diligently for, she is prevented from creating and from sharing her love of music, her art. In celebration of her courage and to support her in this struggle, I'm asking you to lend her a hand and lend an ear. Tomorrow, Sunday May 1st at 2:30 in the afternoon, Nancy's students will be performing in concert at St. Matthew's Church, 54 Benton Street in Kitchener. If you can find your way there for some beautiful music, nothing could be more pleasing to Nancy and her family.

If you aren't able to attend, please have a thought for someone whose life has been dedicated to teaching and enhancing the lives of others through the beauty of her music, her gift. If you would like to contribute to help defray the onerous costs of medication and loss of income please consider donating what you can afford. A special account has been set up in Nancy's name at Canada Trust branch 3823 account #6313286.

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