Musicians for mammaries

Cancer isn’t fun. But raising money for it can be

What do you call a fundraiser with music fortune tellers burlesque acts and men in bras selling cupcakes — all geared toward ending women’s cancers?

“Awesome” is one option but Boob Rock was the decision event organizer Angie Robertson landed on.

“Boob Rock is a fundraiser to help end women’s cancers” says Robertson who is aiming to raise $10000 this year. “It’s my way of having fun with cancer.”

The fundraiser began last year as a small party to help Robertson meet her $2000 goal to participate in the Weekend to End Women’s Cancer but like most small parties this one grew. And it grew fast.

“I had no idea what I was doing the first year” says Robertson. “I only gave myself a month to plan bands were still contacting me after my lineup was confirmed I didn’t have nearly enough cupcakes and I ended up with more (items) for my silent auction than I could have imagined.”

Taking cues from last year Robertson has allowed for more time to arrange the event and find a more suitable venue — one that can accommodate comedian Tim Reynolds and musical performances from Tamara Beatty David Andrew Wiebe local death-country act Prairie of Prax and plenty of other diversions.

“This year I started searching for venues in October” says Robertson who decided upon Lord Nelson’s Bar and Grill. “I learned that as wonderful as the Wild Rose Brewery was it wasn’t big enough and with the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission I couldn’t have the burlesque act. Also the fortune tellers couldn’t work with the music playing.”

Robertson is also proud to announce the return of her “Boob Ambassadors” a group of bra-sporting men selling boob-shaped cupcakes.

“The guys are making their own bras” says Robertson. “One is covered in pictures of cancer survivors one is steampunk themed one decided if it’s going to be a man’s bra it needs to be a duct tape bra and one guy will be wearing a kilt.”

Robertson will also be donating all 10 inches of her hair this year which will make it the third time she has done so.

The party is only one part of the bigger picture though. This will be the fourth Weekend to End Women’s Cancer Robertson has participated in which means she will have walked 240 km and if she meets her goal will have raised $17400 for the cause.

She began participating in the Weekend when her mother was fighting breast cancer — a disease that affects 20500 Canadian women every year. The cancer was discovered during her mother’s first mammogram and as a result of the early detection she survived.

Robertson has also lost a friend to ovarian cancer which affects over 8000 Canadian women every year and because there is currently no way to screen for the disease has a much higher fatality rate than other women’s cancers.

Robertson hopes the funds raised will help more women get early screening for breast cancer and enable more developments in the detection and treatment of cancers.