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Rock 4 Reason uses music to help terminally ill

Music can soothe. Sometimes music even can heal.

The founders of Rock 4 Reason believe it also can provide temporary relief when healing no longer is an option.

The group was founded by Frank and Heather Lindsay of Mineral Ridge and Matt and Jennifer Durno of Warren to provide financial assistance and support for families dealing with cancer or other terminal illnesses.

“Everyone on our committee has been touched by someone who’s had to deal with (a family member with) cancer or something like that,” Frank Lindsay said.

Frank Lindsay, who is the manager of information technology at Kent State University at Trumbull, was team captain for Kent-Trumbull’s Relay for Life team, and he called on some of his friends in bands to perform at a fundraiser called Rock 4 Relay. When Hospice of the Valley also became a beneficiary for the event, they changed the name to Rock 4 Reason.

After raising money for the American Cancer Society and Hospice, they decided they wanted to so something more hands-on.

“We decided collectively we wanted to start something to raise money for local families, something with more of a personal touch,” he said.

Rock 4 Reason was granted 501(c)(3) nonprofit status in January, and the group’s mission is to provide funds that a family can use as needed while a loved one deals with a terminal disease. The aid could pay for groceries or transportation expenses or it could help the person fulfill a final wish, such as attending a sporting event or concert.

Music continues to be one of the group’s primary fundraising tools.

Rock 4 Reason will have a tent set up at the Warren Community Amphitheatre for Saturday’s River Rock at the Amp concert featuring the Pink Floyd tribute band Wish You Were Here and the Moody Blues tribute band Time Traveller. In addition to distributing information about the organization, they will be selling raffle ticket to win a Les Paul Studio Deluxe guitar from the Guitar Center of Boardman.

“We want to be able to help everybody,” Frank Lindsay said. “The goal is to get the name out there so people know we’re available and can reach out if they have a need.”

More information on the group can be found at www.rock4reason.org.

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