Medical City Dallas July 27, 2016

Band Against Cancer Announces Special Dallas Concert with Martina McBride & Friends September 16

Ticket On-Sale Begins August 5 at 10 a.m. CT at; The Sarah Cannon Tour connects people facing blood cancer with community resources and support

Today, Medical City Dallas comes together with its partner Sarah Cannon, the global cancer institute of Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), as well as iconic vocalist, Martina McBride and Big Machine Label Group (BMLG), to announce a special event. Through the national movement Band Against Cancer: The Sarah Cannon Tour, Medical City Dallas presents Martina McBride & Friends in concert at Dallas’ Verizon Theater at Grand Prairie on September 16, 2016. Tickets will go on sale August 5, 2016 at 10 a.m. Central Time and can be accessed through As the leading voice for the movement, Martina McBride will headline the concert, with additional performances by Thompson Square, Cassadee Pope and Hudson Moore.

Band Against Cancer is a national movement to connect those facing cancer with community-based resources and support close to home. The movement is activated through The Sarah Cannon Tour concert series, which is also traveling to Austin, San Antonio, Denver and Nashville this year. The performance at Verizon Theater will feature onsite activations to join the cause and support those fighting cancer, as well as opportunities for cancer patients to share their stories and connect with others fighting in the same journey.

“Together with our partners at Sarah Cannon and our affiliated cancer providers, we are committed to offering cutting-edge, compassionate and comprehensive services across the continuum of cancer care for all those affected by the disease in the North Texas region,” said Erol R. Akdamar, FACHE, president of the Medical City Healthcare. “By banding together through this national movement, our community can make an impact on the fight against cancer by connecting those facing cancer with the resources and support they need close to home.”

Band Against CancerThis year, Band Against Cancer has a special focus on helping people affected by blood cancer, an underserved patient population requiring convenient access to cutting-edge treatment options in their community. Blood cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S. The tour supports Sarah Cannon’s partners including The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). Communities can further support LLS by joining Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Medical City Dallas Hospital’s Light The Night Walk team for the annual Light The Night Walk on November 6, 2016 at Trinity Groves. Learn more about LLS and Light The Night at

"I am thrilled to be performing for my fans as well as helping everyone throughout the Sarah Cannon Cancer Network with their Band Against Cancer initiative," said Martina McBride. "The Sarah Cannon Tour is supporting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), which is also so important to me because of the impact LLS makes for countless families in our communities across the country."

For patients diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma and other life-threatening diseases, a bone marrow or cord blood transplant may be their best or only hope for a cure. However, 70 percent of patients who need a transplant do not have a fully matched donor in their family. Patients depend on Be The Match® and its supporters to find a match to save their lives. Through Band Against Cancer, Sarah Cannon and Medical City are proud to partner with Be The Match® to help find more committed and available members of the community who will sign up to save a life. To find out more, visit

Patients facing blood cancer in North Texas can access comprehensive blood cancer services through Medical City’s Stem Cell Transplantation and Research program, a Sarah Cannon Blood Cancer Network member, which offers cutting-edge treatments, including autologous transplants and allogeneic transplants from both related and unrelated donors. Medical City Dallas is the only stem cell transplant program in North Texas that offers both adult and pediatric stem cell transplantation within one program, which provides the community and its patients with unparalleled clinical expertise spanning from youth through adulthood.

In addition to the concert events, Martina premiered “Just Around the Corner” from her newly released RECKLESS album (Nash Icon Records) on the CMT Awards in June. Inspired by the movement, the song serves as the official Band Against Cancer anthem and is a message of hope and strength for those facing cancer. The official music video can be viewed at

About Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Medical City Dallas

Sarah Cannon, the global cancer institute of Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), and Medical City, one of the region’s largest, most comprehensive healthcare providers, offer integrated cancer services with convenient access to cutting-edge therapies for those facing cancer in communities throughout the region. Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute, in partnership with Medical City, offers comprehensive cancer programs including individualized patient navigation provided by oncology-trained nurses as well as blood cancer services and unique resources within stem cell transplantation, including the standardization of quality initiatives and fostering the exchange of best practices among other network partners within HCA. Medical City Dallas and other Medical City Healthcare hospitals are a part of Sarah Cannon’s global cancer network across the U.S. and UK, providing state-of-the-art cancer care close to home for hundreds of thousands of patients, a number unmatched by any single cancer center. To learn more about Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Medical City Dallas, visit

About Martina McBride

Multiple Grammy® nominee Martina McBride has sold over 18 million albums to date, which includes 20 Top 10 singles and six #1 hits. On February 26th she released her first single, “Reckless,” the title track from her new album which is now available. McBride has earned more than 15 major music awards, including four wins for Female Vocalist of the Year from the Country Music Association and won three Academy of Country Music for Top Female Vocalist. Martina has been awarded 14 Gold Records. Nine Platinum honors, three Double Platinum Records, and two Triple Platinum Awards. Martina was awarded the Covenant House Beacon of Hope Award and Music Business Association’s prestigious 2015 Harry Chapin Memorial Humanitarian Award for her philanthropic efforts on behalf of domestic violence. Martina will bring her passion for family and music to help Sarah Cannon launch their national Band Against Cancer campaign this year with special concerts in selected markets. Recently, Martina released her first book, Around the Table, a full-color illustrated collection of her favorite recipes, hosting tips, practical menu planning advice, and themed décor inspiration. Martina is signed to the innovative Nash Icon Records, an imprint under the Big Machine Label Group umbrella.

About Big Machine Label Group

Led by Founder, President and CEO Scott Borchetta, the Big Machine Label Group encompasses Big Machine Records, The Valory Music Co., Dot Records, Nash Icon Records and publishing company Big Machine Music. BMLG artists include superstars Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, Reba, Florida Georgia Line, Martina McBride, Hank Williams Jr., Ronnie Dunn, Steven Tyler, Cheap Trick, Jennifer Nettles and Brantley Gilbert; chart-topping acts Thomas Rhett, Justin Moore, Eli Young Band, Maddie & Tae, A Thousand Horses, The Mavericks, Aaron Lewis, The Voice winners Cassadee Pope and Danielle Bradbery; up-and-comers The Cadillac Three, Drake White, Ashley Campbell, Tucker Beathard, Brett Young, Tara Thompson, as well as soundtracks for ABC's "NASHVILLE." Borchetta served as the mentor on American Idol, proudly added Season 14 winner Nick Fradiani and Season 15 champ Trent Harmon to Big Machine Records' roster. BMLG artists have received multiple GRAMMY, CMA, ACM, AMA, CMT, Teen Choice, MTV, Billboard, People's Choice and Brit Awards. Big Machine is the first-ever American label to align with terrestrial radio for performance royalty rights for its artists and is an industry leader in fighting for artist, songwriter, publisher and record company rights. Visit for more information.

Media Contacts:

Samantha Maxwell
Communications Coordinator, Sarah Cannon
(615) 922-9180

Pam Tate
Medical City Dallas, Director of PR/Community Outreach
O: (972) 566-8136 C: (214) 293-1956