After enjoying a breakthrough year, Blackberry Smoke are using their success to give back to children in need.
After performing at the Tabernacle in their hometown of Atlanta, Ga. on Nov. 27, the group presented $15,000 to CURE Childhood Cancer and another $15,000 to the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. The funds were raised from the costs of VIP meet and greet packages purchased by fans in 2015.
“We are so moved and appreciative to receive these funds from such a fantastic rock band which understands the crisis of childhood cancer,” Kristin Connor, executive director of CURE Childhood Cancer, said in a statement. “It means so much that Blackberry Smoke shares our mission to eradicate pediatric cancer in our lifetime.”
Over the past three years, the band has donated over $130,000 to various pediatric cancer organizations. The group’s charitable efforts began after drummer Brit Turner was diagnosed with Stage IV neuroblastoma at the age of three. After being treated at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, which has since received a large amount of donations from the band, Turner’s daughter fully recovered from the disease.
“Children do not deserve cancer,” Turner said in a press release. “We were told [my daughter had] very little chance for survival. The least we can do is to raise money for research and support for childhood cancer patients and their families.”