DrumsForCures presents drumSTRONG ’09
That wasn’t thunder filling the air – it was drumming!
by Lindsay DiCastrique
There may have been passing rain showers that weekend, but to anyone in the Weddington, NC area May 16 & 17, that wasn’t thunder filling the air – it was drumming! Over 1500 drummers of all ages and skills, enjoyed a “rhythm-filled” weekend as part of the third annual drumSTRONG™ event.
It is the signature event for DrumsForCures, Inc., a local non-profit organization that encourages people to focus on cancer awareness, education, support, and funding for research. drumSTRONG ‘09 was once again held in the beautiful pastures of Misty Meadows Farm in Weddington, N.C. and raised over $125,000. to date.
Points across the globe joined in adding an additional 500 participants playing with the drummers in real time to raise assistance for their local cancer initiatives.
Drumming began at 12 noon on Saturday and continued into Sunday evening – 27 hours of continuous rhythm to BEAT cancer! Participants played through the night, many choosing to camp out in the pastures for the weekend.
The event featured a variety of musical acts on the main stage including The Stragglers, The Lamping Shades, Inner Vision, Powerhouse!, and many more. drumSTRONG ‘09 also highlighted both conventional and complementary cancer healthcare entities in the exhibitors’ tent. With vendors and kid’s area there was plenty to see, do, and hear!
Founded by Scott Swimmer, drumSTRONG™ honors Scott’s son Mason, who at age 15 was diagnosed with cancer. Now, Mason has beaten the disease and is cancer free! Scott, his wife Carola, and son’s Mason and Toby are excited about drumSTRONG™, which was created as a natural expression of their family's desire to be a vibrant part of BEATing cancer.
“Since rhythm is universal, we decided an event centered on the art and fun of hands on drumming would be a great way to bring people together,” said Scott. “Rhythm engages all ages, wages and stages of health. Encouraging folks to learn more about and support local and national organizations that assist those dealing with cancer, promote early detection, and to work towards cures. It’s a cause that is close to my heart,” he added.
DrumsForCures, Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that prides itself on being a hub of disbursement of cancer health information and resources. All funds raised are donated to local and national cancer organizations. DFC will designate the funds you raise to the cancer initiative of your choice.