The musical program "Sing for the Cure" comes to the Coronado Theater in Rockford tonight. A power outage canceled the performance last night, it takes more than a little thing like that to silence these voices.
"We are one voice, we will not be silent 'til our song is sung around the world." Those words are lyrics to the finale of tonight's performance, where voices united to sing the message of breast cancer awareness.
"Sing for the Cure" tells the story of a woman diagnosed with breast cancer and battling for her life. It's a story that is familiar to far too many women.
"Life is truly a gift and I certainly experienced that as I was experiencing cancer."
Hope is the theme of the night. It's about searching for a cure and celebrating those who have conquered the disease. For some breast cancer survivors, looking back is a bittersweet experience."
Carma Yoder, a five-year breast cancer survivor says, "My experience with breast cancer could be described by using the old Charles Dickes line, it was the best of times it was the worst of times. It is not easy experiencing breast cancer and going through 6 months of chemotherapy. But it was also very much of a learning experience."
Early detection is another important message tonight. The organizers are spreading the word about yearly mammograms and monthly self-breast exams.
Jan Hagenlocher, the public relations director at Swedish American Hospital says, "Early detection is so important because if women would just go to have a mammogram or learn how to do a breast self-exam, early detection, finding breast cancer early is very helpful to finding a cure."
The event is sponsored by the Women's Center at Swedish American Hospital. Proceeds will go toward distributing breast cancer educational materials to health facilities in the rockford area.
Yoder believes she survived because of the large amount of money dedicated to breast cancer research and treatment. "Sing for the Cure" has traveled across the country raising funds for that very purpose.
One in eight women in the United States will develop breast cancer in her lifetime.