Benefit Concert Helps “The Fault in Our Stars”

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A UA student is taking her positive message and shining light on people battling cancer.

By Alaina Boukedes
Contributing Writer

TUSCALOOSA — Kaylee MacKnight was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2009. As a 14-year-old, her diagnosis was life-changing.

Throughout her journey in the hospital, she received support and encouragement from everyone around her in the form of letters, blankets and prayers. Once her surgery was complete, the doctors told her that her cancer was isolated and wasn’t spreading throughout her body.

After five years of her battle with thyroid cancer, she was pronounced cancer free. With the anniversary of her five years cancer free, MacKnight decided to help raise money so that other people can have the support that she received.

“This is in honor of my five-year all-clear diagnosis of cancer,” MacKnight said.

On Friday, Aug. 1 at 7 p.m., MacKnight is hosting a benefit concert at the Allen Balles Theatre. The Stars of Tomorrow Benefit Concert will help raise money for This Star Won’t Go Out, a foundation that donates money to families with children suffering from life-threatening cancer. The money is donated no strings attached to help families with expenses. The foundation was established in remembrance of Esther Earl, a girl who died of thyroid cancer at age 16.

The This Star Won’t Go Out foundation has grown in popularity since the publishing of John Green’s “The Fault in Our Stars” which was based off Earl’s life and later turned into a box-office hit movie. The foundation has raised $125,000 to aid families and children, according to the foundation’s website. The non-profit relies on fundraisers and donations.

“What better way to help celebrate five years without cancer,” Macknight said.

Aug. 1 at 7 p.m.
Allen Bales Theatre, University of Alabama
Tickets will be sold at the door, but additional donations are welcome.
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