Nicole Cushing knows all too well the effects cancer can have on not only the patient but their family and friends.
Four years ago she lost her childhood friend to cancer, and her father now has terminal cancer.
The founder of the non-profit organization Shared Hope Society, she now makes it her mission to raise money for families and individuals affected by cancer. Funds are given to those people through gift cards or cheques for non-medical expenses such as going out for dinner or to the movies.
To raise funds, the society is hosting an all-ages benefit concert Sept. 27 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Knox Presbyterian Church, 2964 Richmond Rd. The first performance starts at 6 p.m.
Performances range from rock bands to contemporary dancers, a poetry reading and hula hoopers.
Admission is by donation, but Cushing hopes to raise a couple thousand dollars.
“All proceeds go to families affected by cancer,” she said.
“It’s about having a good time, raising money and raising awareness.”
While there are other organizations that help with medical expenses, people often have to give up some of the extras in life when they or someone in their family member has cancer, Cushing said.
“There’s a lot of things you miss out on in life.”
Besides the fund for non-medical expenses, Cushing has also created a bursary program for education funding for those impacted by cancer.
For more information, visit sharedhopesociety.com or Shared Hope Society’s Facebook page.