A Local Breast Cancer Awareness Concert
By ARIANNA SHAFFER
As Breast Cancer Awareness Month comes to an end, Mizner Park Amphitheatrer held the fourth annual Think Pink Rocks concert Saturday Nov. 5. The concert was not only to raise awareness and money, but it also encouraged people of all ages to come out and have a good time.
Stephanie Robin, one of the founders of Think Pink Rocks, started the campaign after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. The first concert was held in 2008 and featured various top recording artists at the time, including Akon, Flo Rida and Queen Latifah. The first concert had a great turnout and raised money for a number of breast cancer charities, which led the Think Pink Rocks concert to become an annual event.
“This feels incredible; it gets bigger and better every single year,” said Robin. “I wanted to reach thousands of people, especially the younger generation, about the importance and the need for early detection of breast cancer, so I figured a concert is a great way to do it.”
This year’s event had a great lineup of talent, with 12 unique performers, including Flo Rida, Shontelle, Sean Kingston, Iyaz and DJ Cassidy. All the performers had their own reasons for wanting to attend this event.
“This is my third time performing at this concert,” said DJ Cassidy. “When I was 10-years- old, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, and she survived. But not everyone is so lucky, so hopefully we can help this concert raise a lot of money and save some lives.”
“My cousin had breast cancer,” said Mann, performer. “So this concert is really important and means a lot to me.”
Lynn students majoring in Communication had the opportunity to attend the event with media credentials and interview special guests and performers who walked along the pink carpet.
“It was good for us as students to be a part of the media, which gave us a good opportunity to learn more with hands-on experience,” said Cassie Vergara, senior. “I think it was a great way to bring awareness with such an exciting event and I had a lot of fun.”