(Buffalo, NY) – It‘s been 15 consecutive years, since Ida Goeckel, a local female bass player, and two time breast cancer survivor, founded and organized the first annual Female Musicians Fighting Breast Cancer Benefit in 2003. The 16th Annual Female Musicians Fighting Breast Cancer benefit is once again happening to raise awareness and funds for the Breast and GYN Resource Center, the go-to support and information center on the grounds of Roswell Park Cancer Institute. It’s where patients and their support network can learn to make informed choices and become better equipped to explore their treatment options.

The event will occur on Sunday October 14th, 2018 at The Sportsmen’s Tavern at 326 Amherst St., Buffalo, N.Y.  Doors will open at 1:30 p.m. with four local bands, generously donating their time to perform from 2:00-7:00.p.m. This year we are again proud to bring you the finest in rising and veteran WNY female musicians! As always, it will be another amazing gathering of some of the best live music you will see/hear anywhere.

First up will be The Current , featuring the thunderous drumming of Diana Nowak-Riffel. Secondly, is the band, Little Sister, featuring Kate Engler and her all-female players, who have reunited specifically for this event. Thirdly, we are pleased to present lovely and talented , Ms. Deeann Dimeo Tompkins. Finally, the show will culminate with the dynamic vocal talent and entertainer, Ms. Sharon Bailey.

Prizes generously donated by local and national merchants will be raffled in a basket raffle throughout the show, and there will be a 50/50 split as well. Admission to witness all this talent under one roof is just $10.00 both pre-sale and at the door. There will be a cash bar and the fine food at the venue to enhance the experience.

This fundraiser, sanctioned by the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation and Team Roswell, donates 100% of the proceeds to Roswell Park’s Breast & GYN Resource Center located at Elm and Carlton St. in Buffalo, N.Y. It is the original music benefit to raise Breast Cancer Awareness and has spawned similar events locally. The mission of this benefit is dedicated to the active self-advocacy, informed choice, and empowerment of breast cancer patients/survivors.

Statistics now indicate that the older you get, the greater your risk for developing breast cancer. Chances increase from 1 in 233 for women up through their 30’s to 1 in 8 up through age 85+. A smaller number of men are at risk as well. It is also the fifth leading cause of death in US women (only heart disease, stroke, lung cancer, and respiratory disease exceed breast cancer). Approximately 40,000 women die each year from breast cancer. Many strides and advances have been made in both the early detection and subsequent treatment for breast cancer patients. Continued studies and research, just within the last 10-12 years, have greatly reduced the risk of recurrence and have given thousands of women and men diagnosed with breast cancer new hope for a bright future.

Looking at the most recent cancer data released by the New York State Cancer Registry and the CDC’s National Program of Cancer Registries (2006-10), it appears that some counties in the Western New York area have higher-than-average breast cancer incidence rates when compared to the rest of New York State and the country. In Erie and Niagara Counties, respectively, 139.4 and 138.0 cases of breast cancer were diagnosed per year, per 100,000 women. The statewide average is 127.7 while the U.S. average is 119.8.

The good news, however, is that breast cancer death rates are either stable or falling in every WNY county, as it is in New York State and the entire country. In recent years, there’s been an explosion of life-saving treatment advances against breast cancer, bringing new hope and excitement. Instead of only one or two options, today there’s an overwhelming menu of treatment choices that fight the complex mix of cells in each individual cancer. The decisions — surgery, then perhaps radiation, hormonal (anti-estrogen) therapy, and/or chemotherapy — can feel overwhelming. With greater concentration on pinpointing its cause and developing a cure through research, perhaps the next generation will no longer needlessly have to be concerned about the risk of breast cancer. 

In the meantime, it is important that those who have been diagnosed receive the compassionate care and treatment that Roswell has to offer at its Breast Care Clinic, as well as arm themselves with the available up-to-date information at Roswell‘s Breast & GYN Resource Center. The entire community is invited to support this worthy cause. For further information contact the FMFBC benefit founder and organizer, Ms. Goeckel, at: senwitchi@gmail.com or fmfbc@aol.com and be sure to visit us on the website www.fmfbc.com , as well as at www.facebook.com/FemaleMusiciansFightingBreastCancer.