According to breastcancer.org, about one in eight U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. In 2011 an estimated 230,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer were diagnosed in women. Men aren't immune to this cancer either, their risk of breast cancer is one in 1,000 and 2,140 new cases of invasive breast cancer in males were diagnosed in 2011.
Early detection and treatment are key to surviving any cancer diagnosis, but anyone whose life has been touched by cancer is still hoping for a cure.
One of the most well known organizations dedicated to finding a cure to breast cancer is the Susan G. Komen Foundation. And this weekend, you can help support this organization, just by attending a concert here in Southwest Kansas.
Country for a Cure, a benefit concert taking place in Minneola this Saturday, the 25th, will donate 100 percent of funds raised to the Susan G. Komen 3 Day for a Cure.
"We wanted to do something to help the cause," Kirt Province, the organizer of the event said. "I had an aunt with breast cancer, and so did my wife. This has become a really important issue for her."
Province's wife, Melissa, first got involved with Susan G. Komen by taking part in the Susan G. Komen 3 Day for a Cure, an event that takes place across the country annually. Participants walk 60 miles over three days and have family and friends sponsor them for each mile they walk.
This year, Melissa is walking in three different 3 Day events.
"She often comes home from these walks with wicked blisters and no toe nails," Province said.
But, she's also made some great friends at each event and looks forward to walking again.
Walking wasn't enough for the Province's though, they wanted to do even more for the organization this year, and that's how Country for a Cure was created.
Two Red Dirt country artists will be performing, Kimberly Dunn will open at 6 p.m. and Johnny Cooper will follow.
"The Red Dirt scene has really started to move north thanks to great events like the Southwest Countryfest in Ashland and Horsethief the Festival at Horsethief Reservoir," Province said. "We think it's great that these artists have agreed to come to our area! As long as folks keep coming out to see them, they will keep coming."
The concert will take place on the east baseball field, south of the city pool and new city park in Minneola.
A beer garden will be set up for the event, and guests are invited to bring their own lawn chairs, relax and enjoy the evening.
Tickets for the concert are $20 and 100 percent of the profit will go to Susan G. Komen.
Page 2 of 2 - There are several locations in the area where tickets can be purchased; Big Bucks Pizza, Centera Bank and Pike Insurance in Minneola, the 4p, Main Street Market in Bucklin, Triple K Firearms and Fowler State Bank in Meade, D&B Pharmacy in Ashland or The Locker Room in Dodge. Tickets may also be purchased by calling (620) 253-7705 or (620) 253-7758.
"We hope the community comes out to support this cause and has a great time," Province said. "I'd like to be able to bring this back in the future and make it an annual event."
For more information about the event, visit "Country for a Cure" on Facebook.