BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- It all started with a past club member's inspiring story of her childhood struggle with cancer. Now, four years later, the New England School of Communications' and Husson University's Public Relations Student Society of America club carries on with an annual charity concert to benefit the Eastern Maine Medical Center's Children's Oncology Center where children are treated for cancer and other serious illnesses.
Friday night, the PRSSA held its fourth annual Music Saved Me concert at Tantrum Nightclub and Lounge in downtown Bangor. The club's goal is to raise $3,000 to donate to the center. A donation that is greatly appreciated by not only the center's staff, but it's patients, too.
"On Wednesday I tried to get out of bed and it hurt a lot, but I didn't know what it was so I still went to school. Then on thursday it hurt a little more. Then when it came to friday we went to walk in care." Thirteen year old Noah Hamel is a new patient in the EMMC Children's Oncology Center. Last week Noah's appendix burst, he has been here since last Friday. His father Jeromy thought his son had a stomach bug. What it turned out to be left him distraught.
"For me it was a feeling of helplessness. You know, scared, tears, everything. It's your loving child who is there and you can't do anything to help him," Jeromy said.
But when Noah was brought here, helplessness turned to hope.
"What they have done is they've gone above and beyond. there's been nights of sitting up and just wondering and the nurses have sat there with me and talked and they're great, they are absolutely awesome," said Jeromy.
The students of NESCom and Husson University's PRSSA club are also here, touring the center and seeing firsthand the reason why their fund raised donations are so important. Their ultimate goal is that their efforts will inspire other organizations to donate to the center as well.
"If someone sees this and says they're doing it so we're going to donate two grand, and then they're going to donate two grand, and then our two grand turns into twenty grand, a hundred grand, okay that's a huge snowball effect and now we're talking a new facility, more rooms," said PRSSA President, Tim Auger.
For Jeremy, the act of charity means the world.
"It takes a special person to be able to be able to organize something and donate that money. This floor has been great and without that money, they would not be able to have this. I can't thank them enough," he said.
The good news is that Noah said he was feeling well on Friday and his father says he can't wait to take him home.
The 'Music Saved me' concert will start at 9pm. Doors open at 8pm.
This is an ages 18 and older event-- you can buy tickets at the door or at any Bull Moose location in advance.
Tickets for the event are $10 each or $15 for a pair.