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Crush Cancer Concert Honors Children's Hospital Patient and Helps Others

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Friends and family of Hannah Metzler, a Fairport High School (FHS) junior and UR Medicine’s Golisano Children’s Hospital patient who passed away last month after a battle with brain cancer, will gather in memory of Hannah at the second Crush Cancer Concert at 2 p.m. April 19, at the FHS auditorium. Hannah and her brother Luke, a member of the University of Rochester’s YellowJackets, organized the first benefit concert last year and, before she passed, Hannah asked that her family make sure the event she was planning come to fruition for its second year.

Last year’s event raised more than $18,000 to benefit cancer-related causes. In addition to supporting Rochester's Teens Living with Cancer (TLC) and a memorial fund being set up in Hannah’s name, this year’s concert will also benefit Golisano Children’s Hospital’s Bright Eyes Fund, a fund aimed at improving the lives of children with brain tumors and their families throughout their treatment and beyond.

Doors open at 1 p.m. General admission tickets can be bought at all Rochester-area Wegmans for $10 in advance or for $15 at the door.

The concert will feature performances by the YellowJackets, The Bill Tiberio Band with special guest Stephanie LaBarge, Luke Metzler, and the FHS group “Fairport A Cappella.” In addition to the concert, there will also be a raffle including celebrity items from Abby Wambach, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, the NFL, and more. 

As Hannah engaged with her own battle against cancer, it was important to her to give something back to those who helped her. The concert she created has done that and much more. 

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