With everything now behind me, I can now look forward to everything else in store for 2015. And today, I wish to share with you the early details for our second annual Playing for the Cure: Brainstormin’ benefit concert for brain tumor research.
My mission and goal is simple – I want to spread the word on brain tumors to educate with the hope that my story gives hope to those who are awaiting treatment or currently recovering. I hope that through this blog, our concert, through The Cusano Family Fund to Benefit Brain Tumor Research (a non-profit corporation which I am working to establish for the benefit of the Yale Brain Tumor Center), and through my work with the CTBTA, awareness will be brought to this very important cause and money will be raised to assist doctors and researchers in finding the cure.
So, mark your calendars for Saturday, September 19th! My family and I are pleased that The Ballroom at the OuterSpace in Hamden, CT will again be hosting the event and hope to surpass what we did last year. We hope that you will come enjoy the music of Broca’s Area and other great acts with one common goal in mind: raising money to aid in finding the cure. Details regarding the event time are still being worked out and will be announced as soon as it is known. Rest assured though that there will be great lineup of acts and of course, food, drinks and raffles.
My brother Stephen formed Broca’s Area with his classmates at the Hartt School of Music and they have some great things happening right now. On March 26, 2015, there will be a CD release party at Black Eyed Sally’s in Hartford beginning at 9:00PM. The album contains five original compositions, all of which I’ve had the privilege of hearing and each song is better than the previous.
With you, together we are making a difference in the lives of those who are living with a brain tumor and the survivors. But as a family, we wanted to do more. So for every CD that Broca’s Area sells, a royalty will be paid to the CT Brain Tumor Alliance (the “CTBTA”). The CTBTA’s mission is “to raise awareness of brain tumors, provide hope and support for others affected by brain tumors and raise money to support and advocate for cutting-edge research for better treatments and a cure.” Please come to Black Eyed Sally’s to support the cause and help in this fight!
I am very pleased in witnessing how my family has rallied around my battle – for being able to take something so terrible and turning it into something positive. Some people tell me that I am inspiration, but if not for my family and the care that I received along the way, none of this would be possible.