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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