Cambridge Jeffersonian Article
Sunday, November 14, 2004
Southeastern Med group going to benefit concert for cancer research
What started out as a fun idea for a Christmas album has turned into a serious
labor of love. A benefit concert to raise money for cancer research will be
held by the
“A Christmas to Cure Cancer” Band on December 3 rd at the Dublin
Clarion Hotel in Columbus. Members of the former band “Aereon”,
a group of musicians that played together in New Philadelphia and surrounding
areas during the 1980’s, will perform.
A group from Southeastern Med will be taking a tour bus to Columbus for
this event and seats are available for anyone who is interested. For information
about the concert or reservations on the tour bus, contact Becky Wheeler,
Cancer Registrar at Southeastern Med, 439-8156.
A few years ago, Mark Puskarich of Westerville, formerly of the Piedmont
area, began thinking about reuniting the band and possibly recording some
Christmas music in the form of a CD. He thought it would be a great way to
share their music once again with family and friends. Mark originally introduced
the idea to Cody Romshak of Piedmont and Lorne and Corrina Van Fossen of Urichsville.
Once the idea received support, former Aereon member and now professional
Christian artist Dave Clo of Nashville, Tenn., was contacted. Dave had his
own recording studio in Nashville and his years of experience would contribute
greatly to the project. In December 1998, Cody, Mark and Lorne went on a shopping
trip to purchase upgraded recording equipment at CA House of Music in St.
Clairsville and plans went forward to create the CD in Cody’s studio
However, a little over a year into the project, in early 2000, Lorne the
guitar player for the band received some devastating news that made the band
stand back and re-evaluate their reasons for recording the CD. Lorne was diagnosed
with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
Lorne, his wife Corrina and the other band members were, of course, very
shocked at the diagnosis and the CD project slowed as they all pulled together
to support Lorne during his year-long battle with cancer.
Soon after Lorne was on the road to recovery, Mark and Cody were at a Christmas
party when Mark presented the idea to Cody to make the CD as professional
as possible and sell it to raise money for cancer research.
Some time later, the title “A Christmas to Cure Cancer” was
conceived and The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute in Columbus
had partnered with them on the project.
This was all done as a tribute to Lorne and as their contribution in the
fight against cancer. The CD would consist of Christmas and seasonal music
and contain diverse musical styles including blues, country, folk and even
heavy metal. The four original “Aereon” members participated in
the recording as well as contributions from Rob Ragsdale, Lois Puskarich and
Chris Dauphin of Nashville sat in on the three songs recorded in Dave Clo’s
home studio over Labor Day weekend 2001. In addition, Lorne’s wife Corrina
who is a member of Acoustic Grace and Sweet Harmony sang several songs for
the CD, as well as fellow vocalists Julie Lucas and Michele Clay, all members
of the Sweet Harmony group.
Thus, with contributions from all of these talented artists, “A Christmas
to Cure Cancer” was born.
Now, a couple of years later the group has produced a new CD “A Christmas
to Cure Cancer 2” that is available for a donation of $15. Net proceeds
from the CD benefit the American Cancer Society “Relay for Life.”
The new CD is available at Cambridge Regional Cancer Center, Pavlov Music
Center, Riesbeck’s Food Markets, A Taste of Ohio, Cambridge Classic
Ford, Country Bits and Pieces and Southeastern Med.
Visit the website www.achristmastocurecancer.org to
learn more about the band, the upcoming concerts or to purchase a CD.