Debut performance of breast cancer song at Katie’s Cup Oct. 29

David Lantz (from left), Christopher Donshale Sims (rear) and Gale Ketteler.
David Lantz (from left), Christopher Donshale Sims (rear) and Gale Ketteler.

From press release

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a collaboration by three Rockford-area performing artists will have its debut at an open mic session starting at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 29, at Katie’s Cup, 502 Seventh St., Rockford.

Christopher Donshale Sims, a.k.a. UniverSouLove, is a poet, spoken word artist, and creatively conscious MC. He wrote the poem “She Has Breast Cancer” in 2008 to commemorate the experience of his mother, Della Sims, diagnosed with breast cancer in 2000.

Sims’ mother is a survivor, but Sims has lost an aunt to this dreaded disease. He is now a speaker and supporter of women and the movement, and his poetry captures the terror, confusion and resignation of receiving a breast cancer diagnosis.

Classical soprano Gale Ketteler has performed professionally in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois and New York in operas, oratorio, musicals and recitals. She and Sims tapped local composer/arranger David Lantz to set Sims’ poem to music.

For more information, visit or call (815) 227-0598.

From the October 28 – November 3, 2009

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