A diverse group of local musicians will come together Sunday to raise money for Julie Thurman, a Knoxville resident battling breast cancer. The all-ages Tunes for the Ta-Tas show, hosted by Patrick Sullivan's Steakhouse and Saloon, will include Y'uns, Brendon James Wright, Detroit Daddies, Tall Paul, Jon Puckett, Honky Tonks Anonymous, and Swine Flu Zombies.
"We organized the concert for Julie because the last thing you should have to worry about when battling cancer is paying your bills," says event organizer Amber Crouse. "There are virtually no social programs in this country to help people monetarily while dealing with cancer."
Since she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer in October 2008, Thurman, 33, has undergone a double mastectomy and six rounds of chemotherapy. While she is currently "100 percent cancer free," her dual struggles with cancer and severe endometriosis recently necessitated a full hysterectomy—a measure that will hopefully lower Thurman's risk of ovarian cancer.
"The Boob Squad is great medicine!" Thurman says, referring to the friends who have seen her through her illness and organized the Tunes for the Ta-Tas concert. "If it weren't for fund-raising efforts like this, I would have not only lost my house and my car but also my health insurance, which is a scary thought. Knoxville is such a terrific community, and has been incredibly supportive. I'm so thankful to the musicians who have donated their time not only for financial support, but for their support of cancer awareness in general."
Organizing the concert was an overwhelmingly positive experience for Crouse and her associates.
"The response from the bands was great," she says. "[Local musicians] Aram Takvoryan, Michael Crawley, and Steve Horton were instrumental in helping organize this event."
The all-ages show will begin at 5 p.m. at Patrick Sullivan's in the Old City. A $10 donation is suggested.