May 13, 2017
Joanne (pictured left) and Ray Berube are big fans of great music. They’re also fans of exceptional cancer care. After Joanne completed treatments for breast cancer several years ago, they decided they wanted to do something to give back. And so they created the Unplugged for Cancer concert fundraiser.
The event which recently completed its 6th year in Marathon, shows no signs of slowing down. This past year it raised $7,000 for the Tbaytel Tamarack House in Thunder Bay, with a total of $64,500 raised in its history. Proceeds also supported the North of Superior Healthcare Group – Wilson Memorial Hospital site in Marathon.
As Joanne says, “Having cancer care services both in Marathon and Thunder Bay was a lifeline. Before I had cancer, I would be writing grant proposals and articles and I would talk about how important it was to have local cancer services. But you can’t truly understand how important that is until you become a patient yourself.”
Adds Joanne, “The Tbaytel Tamarack House really was incredible. I met so many people while I stayed there and their company and camaraderie helped tremendously as I was going through treatment.”
Planning is already underway for the next concert. “For the past six years, the concert has been sold out - people really love live music here! They are so appreciative of the musicians and always generously support the cause,” concludes Joanne.