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January 21, 2016 10:46 AM

The seventh annual Rock for a Cure will take place Feb. 20 at the Stockade Convention Centre and will feature entertainment by former Skid Row frontman, Sebastian Bach. Rock for a Cure raises money for the Alberta Cancer Association. Pictured is last year's performer, Poison's Bret Michaels.

Rock for a Cure is back and with some more big name entertainment.
The fundraiser is going into its seventh year and this time around guests will be treated to the musical stylings of 80s heavyweight Sebastian Bach.
“We have Sebastian Bach of Skid Row as our headliner and Art of Dying, a Canadian band, are opening for them, as well as Artificial Lift from Lloydminster here,” said Brandy Schwenk, president and co-founder of I Love Alberta Boobs, the group that puts on the event.
“We still have a few spots for sponsorships open and tables of eight as well and single tickets are still available.”
This year the event takes place on Feb. 20 and is being held in the memory of Marlaine Argue, a local woman who died last Oct. from breast cancer.
Funds raised from the event will again go to Dr. Mackey’s pre-phase 1 clinical trial through the Alberta Cancer Foundation.
Schwenk said this is a way to fast-track medications to cancer patients by avoiding red tape that can make recipients wait years before they can get medicine.
Many new medications that come out of other countries, or even just other provinces, involve a lot of paperwork before they can be available in Alberta.
Mackey’s pre-phase 1 clinical trial avoids this by having the paperwork ready and other logistics taken care of in advance.
“So instead of a matter of years for drugs to be available it’s usually a matter of months,” said Schwenk.
“I think last I heard over 100 women in just Alberta alone have benefited from this program.
Last year the event reached the $40,000 mark in terms of funds raised but this year, because the low economy, Schwenk said they’d be happy to bring in $15,000 to $20,000.
Rock for a Cure came to be after Schwenk and some friends participated in a 60 km walk in Calgary for a fundraiser.
They thought more money could be raised if live entertainment was featured and in 2009 Rock for a Cure was born.
“Then a few years after that they cancelled the walk — we were kind of devastated because we had gotten good at it and we were having fun raising money,” she said.
“So we decided to keep up the fundraising and then that was how we chose Mackey’s program and the Alberta Cancer Foundation.”
This cause became especially important to Schwenk after she befriended Rebecca Morlidge, a girl at the very first walk in Calgary, who was in stage 4 cancer.
According to Schwenk, Morlidge wasn’t expected to see her 4
0th birthday, but because of medication recently developed in the States at the time, she is now well into her 40s and still going strong.
“She and I became very close and we’re both very passionate about finding a cure, or even just better help for those fighting with it.”
Now going into its seventh year, Rock for a Cure has raised thousands of dollars for research into similar medications.
Aside from the music, there is also silent auctions and chances for meet and greets with Bach and co.
Anyone interested in tickets or sponsoring can call Schwenk at 780-808-9624.

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