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 bandagainstcancer.com; 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 bandagainstcancer.com. 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 bandagainstcancer.com.

"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 bandagainstcancer.com.

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 bandagainstcancer.com.