Musicians Against Childhood Cancer (MACC)
This week we are going to a festival I have wanted to attend for many years. As a doctor there are not many cases that tug on your heart more than a child with cancer. MACC, or Musicians Against Childhood Cancer, was started by the Adkins family after they lost their daughter Mandy to cancer several years ago.
I admire them. I am not at all certain how I would cope with such a loss. I don’t know the family, though I hope to meet them at MACC, but I guess all they could do is figure out some way to help others in similar circumstances.
They’ve done a great job of it. MACC had become one of the premier fund-raisers in bluegrass. Here’s the web site: http://www.bluegrassclassic.com They start on Wednesday, but we won’t be able to get there until Thursday July 22, 2010.
I began to write “The Mandolin Case” about a decade ago. I had several goals. For one, I wanted to show people about our music and how it can be important to the non-professional musician like me. I make my living as a doctor, but the music and my bluegrass friends have seen me through many hard times.
I’ve never been very hung up on sales figures, but I did hope it would do well enough to fund some travels for me and my wife and lead us to new bluegrass friends. It has already done that. We made enough on our first show at Red White and Bluegrass to get to Ohio, and if we sell a few at MACC we can get back home!
I dreamed the novel might allow me to show how docs can deal with difficult circumstances and not get run over, but still be a decent human being. Indie showed me that. I’ve seen some tough things along the way, but none harder than a child with cancer. If you live up near Columbus, Ohio come visit at MACC. You’ll get to know all the best in bluegrass. I checked the line-up and all the best ones congregate for this one.
Another goal I had for my book was to be able to use it to promote causes I deemed worthy. I’ll gonna make a donation while I’m up there. Go if you can. If you can’t make it, check out their website and consider a contribution to the cause. This is my first visit but by all accounts this is one of the most worthy causes in all of bluegrass music.
Hope to see you there.