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Jacksonville Symphony, FL

Sept 21, 2002

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Sept 19 2002
Business News

What does a message about breast cancer awareness sound like? On Sept. 22, it will sound like the music of Olivia Newton-John.  The pop music icon will take center stage with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts. The Grammy-winning superstar is celebrating a magical 30-year music and film career and will make her North Florida debut at 7:30 p.m.

St. Vincent's is sponsoring the performance — something the director of the St. Vincent's Breast Health Center calls a powerful opportunity because of Newton-John's successful battle with breast cancer and her high-profile activism for breast cancer awareness. "I believe women will respond to both the music and the message about breast cancer awareness," said Cynthia Farah, Director of St. Vincent's Breast Health Center. "Olivia Newton-John, mega-star, and Olivia Newton-John, breast cancer survivor — what a wonderful combination."

In the '90s, Newton-John successfully overcame breast cancer, and at the same time became a single working mother. She used her experiences to gain greater self-awareness and became an inspiration to millions of people battling cancer. She continues to give back to the community generously and has been acknowledged by many charitable organizations for her contributions. Most recently, the American Red Cross named her Woman of the Year. 

In addition to increasing breast cancer awareness in the Jacksonville area, the concert will also translate into dollars aimed at cancer programs. When Olivia Newton-John fans mention St. Vincent's as they purchase concert tickets, the Symphony will donate 15 percent of the sales price to St. Vincent's cancer programs.

We've come so far in increasing women's understanding that breast cancer is very curable with early detection. Still, some women are reluctant to think about breast cancer," Farah said. "What I'm hoping is that some of those same women will listen to Olivia and feel connected to her music and to her message about breast cancer. I think tying the arts into womens health care is just a natural, and I believe it will make a big difference."

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