Andrew McMahon promotes cancer charity during Cherry Peak performance

RICHMOND – From crowd surfing on a giant inflatable duck to dancing on his piano, Andrew McMahon entertained the thousands that showed up to Cherry Peak Resort for his concert Saturday night.

He played songs he wrote with his former bands as well as hits from his current group, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness.

Fans danced late into the night, but the show took a more serious tone when McMahon paused to speak about something personal. He explained that it had been 12 years since he was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia. He was in his early 20s at the time. Shortly after making a full recovery, McMahon started the Dear Jack Foundation.

McMahon explained that there is less funding and support for cancer patients between the ages of 15 and 39 than with any other age group. He estimated that 60 to 70 percent of those in attendance at Cherry Peak Saturday night were a part of that age category.

“That should shock us all,” he said.

McMahon encouraged everyone in attendance to go to the <a href=”http://www.dearjackfoundation.org/” target=”_blank”>Dear Jack Foundation website</a> to learn how they can help. According to the website, the foundation offers help to adolescents and young adults “from the moment they are diagnosed with cancer through survivorship.”

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“Learn how to join us,” he said. “We’re hosting a big fundraiser called the 100K Challenge. We’re trying to raise $100 thousand between now and November 11 to try to fund the program for the next year. Please pay us a visit and learn what we are doing. It’s important.”

After encouraging the fans to help, McMahon played “Swim”, a song he wrote shortly after his battle with cancer.

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