'Sock Out Cancer' event to help local patients

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - There's a new effort to help cover the unmet needs of cancer survivors in our area.

The first ever Sock Out Cancer benefit will be held on Saturday evening.

The event is hoping to raise $100,000 dollars for the UHS and Lourdes foundations.

The money will be used to fund personal expenses such as groceries, utility payments and gas for local patients battling cancer.

The event includes a concert performed by William Close and the Earth Harp Collective.

In addition, people can purchase rainbow colored socks, representing the many colors of cancer, for $10.

American Cancer Society Board Member Rich Bucci says many people don't know where to turn once they are diagnosed with the disease.

"When you get diagnosed with cancer, it's earth-shattering for the individual and the family. You're confronted with a thousand issues and concerns. One that really starts to stress people out is personal expenses and finances. How are we going to make ends meet?" said Bucci.

The concert takes place Saturday night at 8 p.m. in the Forum Theatre in Downtown Binghamton.

Cancer patients and family members can also receive free tickets for the concert.

For tickets and to order the colorful sock, call (607) 338-7366

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