"That’s What Country Boys Do for Cancer” is a fundraising benefit concert and truck show to be presented by local singer-songwriter Shane Willis and his friends. It's scheduled for Saturday June 12th 3-10 PM at Ramsey’s Farm, 1616 Ramsey Farm Road in Crouse (rain date June 13th). All proceeds will go to Angie Setzer and Kelly Edwards and their fight against cancer.
The event’s promoter and chief organizer, as well as a longtime veteran of the local country music scene, Shane Willis told us scheduled performers will include Roger Fournier and Brian Robinson, both of whom have performed with Willis in the past, including in the band, Wild Heart; multiple award-winning beach music singer Terri Gore; Michigan-based big band and country singer Vinnie D; 13-year-old singer-songwriter Bailey Marie Griggs of Dallas; and the 3:16 Band, a Christian music group. The Doctor, a noted disc jockey, will also be on hand to spin tunes; and Willis himself and his band will finish up the evening with a roster of original songs, both old and new.
It all kicks off with the truck show portion of the event at 3 PM. Tickets to enter the truck show are $10 each. Trophies will be awarded for first, second and third-place honors. Tickets for the fundraiser are $10 each. They’re available through eventbrite or www.shanewillismusic.com.
“I have known Angie for about 20 years,” said Willis. “She and her husband, Nathan (a fellow cancer victim), have been some of my closest friends. They attend church at Lincoln Church of Christ. We did a concert benefit for Nathan, along with two other men from Lincolnton, Bobby Turner and B.J. Truesdale, who have since unfortunately passed away. Nathan is still fighting the cancer he has with chemo and radiation. He has liver and lung cancer. He is hanging in there.
“Unfortunately,” he added, “about four months ago, Angie found out she had breast cancer. She has been going through the chemo and now is moving on to radiation. She has been really sick with the treatments. The ‘red devil’ chemo (Adriamicin, known for its red color and such horrid side-effects as nausea, vomiting and hair loss) is rough.”
Willis continued that Edwards is the best friend of his cousin, Kaylon Hovis. He learned of Edwards’s plight on Facebook.
“I have watched the story grow,” he said. “Kelly went in for a treatment to remove the cancer in her pancreas. Unfortunately, a little later, it had grown back in that area and also moved to other areas. She is currently undergoing chemo as well. Kelly attends the Pursuit Church in Denver.”
Willis told us he has created a Facebook donation page where people may send financial contributions to help defray medical expenses for Setzer and Edwards.
“This all stems from a song I wrote, called ‘That's What Country Boys Do,’” he revealed. “That has turned into ‘That’s What Country Boys Do for Cancer!’ We love to find people in need and help them out with a great show and hopefully take their minds off of the battle they face and have some fun, as well as allowing the community to help and let them know they are not alone!”