This Friday, March 30, marks the second Rock For Sarah event, a charity concert benefiting Sarah McMahon, a junior at St. Mary’s High School in Annapolis who is battling AML Leukemia, a rare and aggressive form of cancer. Wild Willy’s Rock House and Sports Saloon in Annapolis is hosting the event from 6-11pm.
Rock For Sarah 2 will include live music, a silent auction, a Stella Dot trunk show, raffle prizes, drink specials, and free food throughout the evening. The concert kicks off with music from local high school bands, Floozie and Monkfish, and is open to all ages from 6-9pm.
“We felt it was really important to allow all ages to attend the event, so Sarah’s friends, family members and other high school students can feel like they are part of the cause too,” says Brian Williams, General Manager of Wild Willy’s. After 9 p.m., Grilled Lincolns, Nelly’s Echo, Ruckus Brown and Jennifer Van Meter will perform.
Friday’s benefit concert builds on the success of the first event held in December, which raised over $3,700. The funds raised will help cover Sarah’s medical expenses, which have become increasingly high and overwhelming, especially after her father was laid off.
Sarah, who continues her high school studies from her hospital room at Johns Hopkins, was diagnosed with AML in September 2011. In order to receive a life-saving bone marrow transplant, she must be in full remission. Hopefully, the chemotherapy Sarah has courageously endured since her diagnosis will allow her to proceed with the bone marrow transplant this spring.
While Sarah was unable to attend the concert in December, she plans on being at Rock For Sarah 2, accompanied by her parents, Debbie and Dan McMahon, who have been passionately spreading the word on AML and sharing Sarah’s story in hopes of educating others.
“I hope [Rock For Sarah 2] creates awareness for these kids,” says Debbie. “There is still so much research to be done.”
Rock For Sarah 2 costs $10 per person and $5 for those under twenty-one. For more information, check out the Facebook page.
Courtney Smith is the owner of CS Creative Suite, a marketing company based in Annapolis.