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A musical journey of six  doctors who form a rock band and discover their music is more powerful than their medicine in their fight against cancer.
A musical journey of six doctors who form a rock band and discover their music is more powerful than their medicine in their fight against cancer.
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In March of 2008, six cancer surgeons from around the country formed a rock band unlike any other. What began as a one-time gig playing cover songs for their fellow surgeons, turned into a fantasy come true when they realized their music could be more powerful than their medicine in the fight against women’s cancers. Dancing with N.E.D., a documentary in progress, follows the rock band No Evidence of Disease (N.E.D.) on their journey from their unlikely beginnings to becoming a rock sensation and the “lightning rod” of an awareness movement seeking to break through the wall of silence surrounding GYN cancers in women. This deadly disease affects 90,000 women and claims 30,000 lives every year, including familiar faces like Saturday Night Live comedian Gilda Radner and President Obama’s mother.

If Dancing with N.E.D is produced and the movement succeeds in creating awareness, badly needed research funding could follow and the deaths of thousands of women may be prevented. The only thing standing in our way is an age old taboo about the C word, a lack of financing, competition between cancer groups for attention and funding, and sustaining a band that is forced to rehearse over the Internet since their practices are scattered across the country in Alaska, Louisiana, New York, Oregon, and North Carolina.

Dancing with N.E.D. is also the story of women who discover they have a GYN cancer and face the prospect of dying before having children, having to decide to choose their life over having children, or losing their life before they get to see their children grow up; the sadness, the anger, the fear, the courage and the hope they feel as their unpredictable journeys test their strength and convictions and that of their loved ones. And it is the story of their doctors, the people who guide them through that unpredictable journey and who are there every step of the way.

As Dr. Soper, one of the band members says: “People think we just deal with it and put it away. But we don’t. We take it with us wherever we go.”

Your donation will help us continue to keep filming at a critical time. The band, their families, and the patients suffering from the disease all have a lot riding on their success. The film can either propel them into the limelight and jumpstart a movement or the whole experiment could implode, the doctors disband and the movement loses its brightest prospect. How many grandmothers, mothers, wives, girlfriends, and sisters must suffer before GYN cancer gets the attention and funding it so desperately deserves?

The doctors and their patients are approaching critical crossroads in their fight to survive. We cannot stop filming now. Please help us to make this important film.

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    A personal thank you note signed by all of the members of N.E.D. and the Director of the Documentary.

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    Exclusive N.E.D. mp3 emailed directly to donor. This may be a cover song or a B-side or an instrumental, plus the above.

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    N.E.D.’s debut album (digital download), the one that sent the band into orbit, plus all the above.

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    An awesome lovingly hand drawn movie poster, plus all the above.

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    The above mentioned awesome lovingly hand drawn movie poster but also signed by N.E.D. and the director of the film, plus all the above.

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    Specially designed N.E.D. scrubs. That's right. Your very own official N.E.D. hospital scrubs, so when you operate (on your salad or that power nap) you will operate like a rockin' doctor. Plus all of the above.

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    Best of Dr. Soper’s fantastic (true story ) mandolin instrumental recording (digital download), PLUS, a DVD of the documentary, PLUS a bonus features DVD with music videos, outtakes, and extended interviews, PLUS all of the above. Wait, is that right?

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    Signed book “Music & Healing” by N.E.D. drummer Dr. Nimesh Nagarsheth, PLUS all of the above.

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    Acoustic rendition of a requested cover song by either Joanie, Will, John Boggess or John Soper (digital download emailed directly to donor), PLUS all of the above.

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    A Skype Q&A with the director or one of the docs depending on your interest in film or medicine, PLUS all of the above.

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    Lab Coat autographed by all of the members of N.E.D., PLUS all of the above.

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    Run with one of the doctors in the next GCAM (GYN Cancer Awareness Movement) race in Washington, D.C., includes one night accommodation for two people in local hotel, PLUS all of the above.

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    Dinner with the film director or a band member near you: Washington D.C., Portland, NYC, Anchorage, New Orleans, or Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill. They will take you and a guest out in their neck of the woods to one of their favorite local eateries and you are free to pick their brain for dinner (while supplies last). Oh, PLUS all of the above.

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    Guitar, drum or composing lesson from one of the band members OR your own personal rocking music mashup video made by us for you with your pictures and video (birthday parties, weddings, vacations, home movies, rare footage of Big Foot or your uncle Bud cut to a song you love) PLUS a pair of VIP tickets & backstage passes to a N.E.D. Concert, PLUS all of the above.

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    A Producer’s credit, PLUS Two tickets to the Documentary Premiere and VIP Opening Night Reception, PLUS all of the above.

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    A Shout Out/Dedication from the concert stage, PLUS a signed guitar, PLUS all of the above.

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    All of the above. ALL OF IT. PLUS a chance to be a production assistant on the master concert shoot.

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