who we are
Putting the Fun Back into Fundraising
Rocks the Cure is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising money for pediatric cancer research and family support. But we take a different approach than most fundraising organizations, using music and entertainment to spread the message about this very important cause.
We believe that music has amazing powers to heal. We also believe that fundraising can – and should be – fun! So you won’t find us at any stuffy black-tie fundraising dinners. Instead we’ll be staging exciting musical events with nationally known artists, where everyone in attendance has a great time while making a big impact on pediatric cancer research.
With these core beliefs laying the foundation for all we do, Rocks the Cure’s mission is to use the healing power of music to:
Raise awareness of pediatric cancer
Raise funds to support pediatric cancer research and ensure pediatric patients and their families get the support they need
Provide much-needed moments of relief and happiness to pediatric cancer patients and their families
Help our donors connect with their communities in a very real and meaningful way
why pediatric cancer?
Pediatric cancer is the one area of cancer research that needs the most help. The Federal Drug Administration requires much stricter standards for pediatric cancer drugs, making it very hard for them to get approved for clinical use. As a result, many of the cures available for adult patients are not available for children.
At the same time, the families of children with pediatric cancer are affected in so many ways. As parents get absorbed in the treatment process, they lose time at work, creating financial difficulties. And the physical and emotional stress of caring for a sick child can take a significant toll on their health as well.
Our goal with Rocks the Cure is to support the research side of pediatric cancer while also providing financial support so the families can obtain housing, special clothing, or any other needs they may have.
meet the band
The driving force behind Rocks the Cure, The Outpatients is a band on a mission: to turn up the music in support of pediatric cancer.
An alternative rock band with a big following in Tampa, Florida, The Outpatients formed in high school, and have been playing together for more than 20 years.
the current lineup:
Ken Jewell – Lead Vocals
Steve McNulty / Rhythm Guitar & Vocals
Glen Griffith / Lead Guitar
Tori Lewis / Bass Guitar
Jim Wasenda / Drums
Brett McInerney / Keyboards
Joe Kelly / Lead Guitar
“Our first event was more than we could have ever hoped for. We had an outstanding turnout and so many wonderful moments with music carrying the day! It truly embodied my vision for this organization; to save lives through the power of music.”
Founder of Rocks the Cure
Outpatients Lead Singer
The Oupatients are dedicated to using the healing power of music to make an impact on pediatric cancer.