Twenty years ago, Jim Ebert was diagnosed with brain cancer. The Leesburg resident and two-time Grammy nominated record producer has, through music, been giving back to others ever since.
Cancer Can Rock, a nonprofit he started eight years ago, is based on a mission to provide musicians who either have cancer or are in remission an opportunity to produce mixed music and a video in a professional studio.
To date, the nonprofit has worked with about 35 musicians.
“We are a small feel-good foundation doing something to help people with cancer and all of the money raised goes directly to this project,” he said.
Ebert brings cancer patients — who are professional musicians from around the country — into the recording studio to create a lasting memory for them, their friends and families. He has recorded music in Falls Church, Nashville and Los Angeles.
“I was driving back from my treatment at Duke and wanted to do something to give back,” he said. “I had this idea and it took off.”
“Some have told me it was the greatest day of their life,” he said.
Each year, Ebert organizes a fundraising event with artists performing throughout the day.
This year’s event will be held June 13 at 868 Estate Vineyards in Purcellville starting at noon. Advance tickets are $15 and may be purchased online at 868estatevineyards.com.
Local artists performing at the event include Jason Masi, Justin Trawick, Lauren Calve, Juliana MacDowell and The Honey Larks.
For more information visit cancercanrock.org.