Rocktoberfest for breast cancer Sept. 29

Rockin’ for a Reason’s Rocktoberfest, Saturday, Sept. 29, in the parking lot outside Old Chicago, 6280 E. State St., will kick off National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The event, which last year raised more than $3,700 for breast cancer programs, features Oktoberfest beer provided by Hayes Distribution and Old Chicago, German food offered by Der Rathskellar and live music.

Entertainers include local bands Sauce, Thunderpants, The Sensations, Pistol Pete and the Youngbloods, the Stevee Nix and polka band the Mike McIntyre Band.

Rockin’ for a Reason’s Rocktoberfest aims to increase awareness of breast cancer. The event’s co-founder, Danielle Kelly, was an early-stage diagnosis in 2003. She is a four-year survivor, thanks to a baseline mammogram at the age of 37. Although she has no family history, Kelly’s doctor recommended a baseline mammogram between 35 and 40, and pushed the issue when she turned 37. Her diagnosis was ductal carcinoma in-situ and required only a lumpectomy and radiation treatment.

In 2007, it is estimated that nearly 180,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed and nearly 41,000 women and men will lose their lives to the disease in the United States. More than 1,700 deaths from breast cancer are predicted for 2007 in Illinois alone.

Some quick facts: men can get breast cancer and more than 2,000 new cases and 400 deaths in 2007 will be attributed to male breast cancer; 85 percent of new breast cancer cases have no family history of the disease; an additional 62,000 cases of non-invasive or early-stage breast cancer will be diagnosed in 2007; and the chance of developing invasive breast cancer at some time in a woman’s life is one in eight, or 13 percent.

For more about Rocktoberfest, visit or contact founder Paul Washa at (815) 978-8923 or; or Kelly at (815) 978-8922 or

from the Sept. 26 – Oct. 2, 2007, issue

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