Mary Chapin Carpenter Benefit Concert

By: Lindsay Puccio
By: Lindsay Puccio

Once again, singer-songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter is donating her talent to a good cause. To show her support for patients battling cancer, she will perform a benefit concert at the UVA Cancer Center.

"I think she's doing this because she understands what the purpose of the funding is for," said Michael Weber, M.D., the Director of the UVA Cancer Center.

All the money raised will be given to patients for psychological counseling, support groups, nutrition services, and therapies.

"Cancer is a disease that's more than the body or more than a single person," said Weber.

"On the one hand they are very concerned about their cancer but again that's only one problem they walked in with. They may have children and they need help [to learn] how [to] explain to their children what's going on with them and how this is effecting their family," said Susan Goins-Eplee, the Chaplin at the UVA Cancer Center.

This isn't the first time Carpenter has sung at a benefit concert. Carpenter last donated her talents to the UVA Cancer Center in May of 2001, when she performed at two sold-out concerts.

"The first time we did a concert was actually initiated by Emily Couric when she was dealing with cancer. She said 'Why don't I write to Mary Chapin and ask her if she will not only play for me but play for a few hundred of my closest friends. [We'll] charge money and we'll make money to support patient support and education at the cancer center'," said Goins-Eplee.

"It was successful in two ways--one is that it raised about $100,000, which went to help patients, and it was a great concert too," said Weber.

This second concert is expected to be an even bigger hit.

The show begins at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 22 at the Paramount Theater on the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville. Tickets are on sale now for $75 and can be purchased at or by calling 1-800-594-TIXX.

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