[Spotlight] Beards For Boobs
On May 12 at The Somewhere Else Tavern (located at 5713 W. Friendly Ave. in Greensboro) from 7 p.m. until midnight Trailer Park Orchestra has organized a benefit concert they are calling Beards For Boobs: Breast Cancer Awareness.
According to breastcancer.org, about one in eight women (or about 12.4 percent) will develop “invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.”
TPO’s booker/“band mom” Sandra Olivey Flowers was diagnosed with breast cancer in December 2017. The 49-year-old was having yearly exams since she turned 40 and never had any negative results.
“On Dec. 26 I was given the diagnosis of breast cancer,” she said.
Flowers said she had surgery to remove the mass at the end of January 2018 and she started chemotherapy treatments on March 1.
“I am very fortunate because I work for the hospital and have really good insurance,” she said. “I have great coverage and care, but not everyone has access to that. There are a lot of folks that can’t afford it.”
Flowers works for Novant Health as an insurance verification and precertification specialist. She wants the proceeds from the concert to go to the Cone Health Mammogram Scholarship Program to help uninsured/underinsured people to get mammograms.
“It is important to me to be able to assist people who can’t financially work it out to have the screening done,” she said.
Performing with TPO is Desired Redemption, Reckless Abandon and Heaven Forbid. According to the Facebook event page, Reckless Abandon will kick off the event, and Arsenic Dreams will provide a photo booth so guests can take pictures together. In addition to the music, there will be vendors, “fun events to raise awareness” as well as raffle prizes, such as gift cards, gift baskets and a “big prize” of a romantic getaway “king suite” at the Hampton Inn and Suites by Hilton at the Greensboro Coliseum area. To win, participants must be present at the raffle, and the price of raffle tickets are $2 for one ticket, $5 for three tickets and $10 for 10 tickets.
According to the website, (www.conehealth.com/services/imaging-radiology/breast-imaging/mammography-scholarship-fund/) “The Mammography Scholarship Fund will cover one mammogram screening per year to women age 40 and older who meet the criteria. A new application must be completed each year. Funding varies from year to year. Digital mammography screenings are available at The Breast Center of Greensboro Imaging and Annie Penn Hospital. Call 336-335-1195 for more information.”
The cover charge is $5, doors open at 7 and music starts at 8 p.m. For more information, visit the Facebook event page (www.facebook.com/events/219137685506900/permalink/231869957567006/).