Thursday, July 25, 2013
Bands rally for fundraiser in honor of Plano graduate who died from Ewing’s sarcoma
Carnival of Lights will be held at The Foundry on July 28.
John Paul II High School graduate Anna Basso was a fun-loving music aficionado who had one of the best nights of her life at a concert she attended just days before dying of Ewing's sarcoma, a rare bone cancer on June 5, 2011.
At 5 p.m. Sunday, the Basso family, along with friends, family and members of the local music community, will celebrate Anna's life and raise money to help those fighting the same battle. The celebration will take place at the Foundry in Dallas for the Carnival of Light Music Festival, which will feature local acts and raise money for the 1 Million 4 Anna Foundation, a nonprofit founded last year in honor of Anna.
The festival will help the foundation assist other families dealing with the deadly disease and award scholarships to young adults who have fought or are currently fighting against Ewing's. Tickets are $30 and include a T-shirt and two raffle tickets for items including Rangers tickets, spa gift certificates, band merchandise and more.
With its mission statement vowing to help families "today, tomorrow and until it's gone," the organization also funds research, as it's currently helping fund two projects with UT Southwestern, said Anna's older sister, Patrice.
In May, 1 Million 4 Anna awarded 12 $2,500 scholarships. The group also supplies local hospitals with prize closet items for teens such as wallets and gift cards, something inspired by Anna and her experience during treatment.
Headlining Sunday's event is Andy Hull of Manchester Orchestra, Anna's favorite band. In addition to going to Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits before she died, perhaps her most favorite memory was when she saw Hull in concert just days before she died, Patrice said.
"She was very passionate about going to music festivals. She was really involved in the whole music scene," she said. "We knew we wanted [the concert] to be outdoors [and] we knew someone whose boyfriend was in a local band, so they offered to help us and recruit lots of the bands we have. It's definitely been a learning experience."
Those who have signed on to perform at Sunday's concert include Dallas' Reinventing Jude, Matt Boggs of Prophets and Outlaws, and Richard Paul Davis of Iron Belly OD. But it is Hull whom Anna would have longed to have seen the most, Patrice said.
"They have a history. On the night of her high school graduation, she went to the Palladium and saw them perform. [Her friend] contacted their manager, told them her story and arranged for them to go backstage," Patrice said. "Andy actually pulled Anna on stage and sang right to her. Anna said it was the best night of her life. She couldn't stop smiling when she got home. He really touched Anna and she passed away a few short days later, but that was the highlight of her life."
Hull's appearance is special not only since he and his band made a profound impact on Anna. The concert is also a way in which the foundation can get younger generations involved in helping eradicate the deadly disease, Patrice said.
Meeting Anna also made a lasting impression on Hull, who wrote a thoughtful post on the foundation's website explaining his sorrow for her passing and how he felt her spirit had a hand in a song he penned in 2006 titled "I Can Feel Your Pain." Hull also performed for the family at Anna's funeral.
"As a songwriter, you write things that have no obvious or immediate meaning. I found out through getting to know her family that this song was Anna's favorite. It helped her get through the tremendous pain she was experiencing," Hull stated in his post. "I think of her often, the picture on my fridge, the relationships with her family that have grown so strong. I will know her forever."
The Foundry is located at 2303 Pittman St. in Dallas. For information about the Carnival of Light Music Festival or about the 1 Million 4 Anna Foundation, visit 1million4anna.org.
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