Home Reporter’s own to hold second annual Cancer Can’t Kill Love Benefit in memory of late parents

Love of friends and family conquers all.

On Sunday, October 12, from 2-10 p.m. the Home Reporter’s own Meaghan McGoldrick will hold the Second Annual Cancer Can’t Kill Love Benefit Concert, a night dedicated to the memory of her parents Joanne and John Patrick “Butch” McGoldrick.

The full day of food, raffles, music, friends and remembrance will be held at The Leif Bar, 6725 Fifth Avenue, with many of Meaghan’s friends performing throughout the event and donations being collected throughout the day.

“My parents meant the world to me and would’ve given me the world if I had asked,” said Meaghan whose father, Butch, died in August of 2008 from Mesothelioma – a type of lung cancer brought on by his work at Ground Zero. Her mother, Joanne, succumbed to Acute Myeloid Leukemia on October 9, 2013. “It was about time I did something for them, at least in their honor.”

Last year’s event was organized by friends Bailey Garcia and Eileen Fitzpatrick. This year, McGoldrick decided to organize the event herself; however, the help of her friends has eased the process.

“The people in my life have proved time and time again that, no matter what happens, I’m never alone,” she added. “The first ever Can’t Kill Love Benefit Concert was a testament to that, and the amount of love involved in the second annual event is even more inspiring. Losing both of my parents at such a young age was undoubtedly difficult but I consider myself lucky to have such wonderful, giving people in my life.”

The performers at the benefit will be Tim and Tom, Paraiso, Whiskey Dingo, Charlie Fishercat, royGbiv, and August on Sunday.

“It feels good to be able to bring people together for such a great cause,” said Gerard Sullivan, drummer of August on Sunday, who is slated to perform in three acts. “This year, the benefit is more widespread, with all the proceeds going to Stand up To Cancer. We’re also taking donations online if you can’t make the benefit.”

Sullivan, who played an integral role in last year’s event, expects this year to be an even bigger success. “Last year was great. Hopefully, we can raise even more money this time,” he said.

“Every penny raised will go towards cancer research so that no more mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, daughters, sons or friends are taken from this terrible disease,” McGoldrick said.

To make a donation, go to http://bit.ly/1y1WM1t.

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