“Marty Moore’s Pic-A-Cure 4” bluegrass festival begins 11 a.m. Saturday, May 14 at Just More Barbecue in Pendleton
The annual concert is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, said Amber Moore, one of the festival’s organizers.
The festival was the brainchild of Marty Moore, Amber’s father.
“This was Daddy’s dream” she said. “It was all Daddy’s idea. He wanted to start a bluegrass concert to fight the ‘alien’ with all the proceeds going to the American Cancer Society to help find a cure for cancer.”
“The Alien” was how Marty Moore referred to his own cancer, and cancer in general. He passed away last year.
Before his passing, Moore and his Relay for Life Team, Team Aloha, worked hard and made the idea a reality.
The concert kicked off in 2007 at Gettys Middle School, and now calls Just More Barbecue home.
“We were looking for a new venue,” Amber said.
Through the local bluegrass community, the owner of the restaurant, which often hosts bluegrass events, heard about the need.
“The owner said, ‘Hey why not? ‘We would love to have you come down and do it,’” Amber said.
Just More Barbecue will be serving lunch and dinner during the concert, which is set to end at 9 p.m.
“We’re saying nine but we could go longer,” Amber said.
The line-up for this year’s concert includes Last Road, Rabon Creek Band, Tugalo
Holler, Cane Creek, Mountain Angels, Bluegrass Gentleman, Silas Creek and more. There is no admission fee this year.
“The music is free,” Amber said. “Donations are definitely welcome.”
The event will also feature an arts and crafts fair, Amber said.
Last year’s event raised several thousand dollars of the American Cancer Society.
Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs.
Musicians, bring your instruments to be ready for any jam sessions that break out.
In addition to helping fund research, the American Cancer Society provides a wealth of benefits for those fighting cancer and the families of cancer patients. The ACS has more than 25 Hope Lodges around the country, places where lodging assistance is offered for free for family members of cancer patients traveling out of town for their treatment. Other American Cancer Society benefits include:
· A 24-hour 1-800 number for information. The number is 1-800-227-2345. Press 1 for information and services, 3 for information about quitting smoking or general tobacco inquiries, 4 for general cancer information or information about ACS events, programs or materials, and 6 for questions about a Relay for Life website.
· Reach to Recovery — an opportunity to connect with trained breast cancer survivors who provide both information and emotional support.
· “Look Good … Feel Better” helps cancer patients deal with appearance-related side effects of their treatment.
· Road to Recovery provides volunteer drivers who help transport patients to and from their treatments. All patients using this service must be ambulatory.
· A dietician on call provides free telephone nutrition counseling.
· Patient advocates can help patients with issues such as loss of income, health insurance or emotional effects. The patient advocates are licensed clinical social workers.
· Support groups.
· Freshstart, a free smoking cessation program.
· Best Chance Network offers free breast and cervical screening for women who don’t have health insurance or insurance that only pays for hospital care. In order to be eligible, the women must also meet certain income and age guidelines. For more information on “Marty Moore’s Pic-A-Cure 4”, call Amber Moore at 864-918-2495 or visit the group on Facebook.