The third annual Crush Cancer Concert, held in memory of Hannah Metzler, a UR Medicine Golisano Children’s Hospital patient, will kick off at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at the Fairport High School auditorium.
Hannah and her brother Luke, a member of the University of Rochester YellowJackets, created the concert in 2013 and were working on the second show when Hannah passed in March 2014 from brain cancer. Following Hannah’s wishes, the Metzlers have continued the fundraiser in support of the Hannah Metzler Memorial Fund, Golisano Children’s Hospital’s Bright Eyes Brain Cancer Fund, and Rochester’s Teens Living with Cancer. Last year’s event raised more than $30,000 that benefitted the three organizations.
The concert will feature performances by the University of Rochester YellowJackets, the Bill Tiberio & Allegro band, Jumbo Shrimp and the Fairport High School a cappella group FAC.
Tickets are $15 for the general public and can be purchased at all local Wegmans.
In addition to live music, the event will also have a silent auction, for which doors will open at 1 p.m. Items include concert tickets to Ed Sheeran and Imagine Dragon, a MacBook Air laptop, signed sports and pop music memorabilia, a Buffalo Bills VIP game package, a private plane ride, and more. Food and commemorative t-shirts will also be available for purchase.
Golisano Children’s Hospital’s Bright Eyes Fund was started in 1998 and, through the years, it has been sustained through the generosity of families and friends of children stricken with brain cancer. The goal of the Bright Eyes Fund is to improve the lives of children with brain tumors and their families throughout their treatment and beyond. Money raised is used to help families in their daily struggles with treatment, to pay for medical expenses not covered by insurance, to support research efforts and continuing education for the patient and medical staff, and more.
“I felt that so many people gave to me, I wanted to give something back,” Hannah said in a 2013 interview.
“Hannah was a kind soul,” said Mike Metzler, Hannah’s father. “When she was hurting, and life was difficult for her, she chose to help others and spread joy. That’s the spirit of her Crush Cancer Concert, that’s why supporters have rallied and raised more than $50,000 during the first two concerts, and that’s why we are happy to welcome everyone back to share in that communal spirit for this year’s event. We surround ourselves with great music and great people. We get to help others in the process. And, we know Hannah is smiling upon it all.”