Dear Friends,

Not many people know this, but in 2016 I was diagnosed with Stage Four Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and started chemotherapy treatment at Stony Brook Cancer Center just two days after the GSBMF ended that year.

Since then, I’ve spent a lot of time at Stony Brook Cancer Center as a patient, and in the company of their doctors and researchers. It was alarming to learn that Long Island has one of the highest rates of cancer in the country. What’s encouraging is that we’ve never been closer to a cure and the Stony Brook Cancer Center has made  game-changing strides in eliminating this horrible disease.

Through the Great South Bay Music Festival, we want to be a part of their work to find cures, and the money you donate through the “Music Fest Fund” will go to help support new therapies for the children and adults at the Stony Brook Cancer Center, who are fighting this brave battle.

I am thankful and humbled that I am one of the lucky ones, as I am now cancer free… a survivor! But too many are not so lucky. I hope that you, our Festival Family will help by donating as little, or as much as you can. With your support, Stony Brook’s therapy program can be part of the next big success in cancer care, will save lives, and give hope to patients and their families in our Long Island community and far beyond.

Thanks to all of my family, friends, and extended musical and GSBMF family for being in my life, and for your support of this critical effort. Much love!


Within the past decade, remarkable progress has been made in the fight against cancer. Screening initiatives have helped in prevention, advanced technology has led to earlier detection, improved treatment methods have benefited care and research has unlocked clues to how cancer starts and how it can be stopped.

At Stony Brook University Cancer Center, basic science and clinical care are united in a robust translational research program that bridges laboratory discoveries with the patients they may help. With a strong infrastructure combining the talents of world-class faculty, state-of-the-art facilities extraordinary resources, and collaboration with industry, the stage is set to move to the next level of discovery and clinical care when the Medical and Research Translation (MART) building opens in 2018. Stony Brook Cancer Center is changing cancer care on Long Island by bringing the latest medical advances closer to where our patients live and work.

Why is this important?

Anytime someone is very sick with a life-threatening illness, having to travel a great distance for therapy is very difficult, adding unnecessary physical and emotional challenges as well as costs that may limit patients’ access to the best care. Cancer treatment is physically, emotionally and spiritually taxing. Having your care team and support system close to home eliminates this additional burden.

With your support, Stony Brook Cancer Center’s innovative novel-therapy research programs can be part of the next big success in cancer care. You will be helping to bring groundbreaking research and clinical trials to the people of Long Island.

You have already contributed to this important cause by purchasing a ticket to the Great South Bay Music Festival. One dollar from each ticket sale will go to the newly created “GSB Music Fest Fund” for Stony Brook Cancer Center. If you would like to make an additional donation, please click here.

Donate today Great South Bay Music Fest Fund for Stony Brook University Cancer Center. If you would like to make an additional donation click here.
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