Cancer nonprofits to meet in Nashville for entertainment, education


The work of cancer support and awareness can be challenging, but this weekend more than 25 different nonprofits will unwind a little bit as they share advice onPlaying By Air's goal at this weekend's event is to provide entertainment as well as a venue for information sharing. programs, support and best practices.

Hosted by Playing By Air Productions and the Nashville Children’s Theatre, the event on July 17 (7 p.m.) and July 18 (2 p.m.) is one of the largest gatherings of local cancer-support organizations in recent history, according to organizers.

Attendees will be treated to Playing By Air’s self-titled production of juggling, music and physical comedy, lobby exhibits by each nonprofit and free portraits for cancer survivors by Martin O’Connor Photography. Tickets to the show are $10 general admission and available online at and at the Nashville Children’s Theatre.

“We have so many incredible members of our community who are cancer survivors, family members, staff and volunteers,” said Jacob Weiss, director of Playing By Air. “I am honored to perform our show for these groups and to provide an opportunity for collaborative partnerships to develop.”

Participating organizations include local cancer centers, support groups, survivor advocates, exercise programs and benefit concerts, as well as groups that focus on children, minorities, young adults, and specific cancer types. Sponsors include Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Holmes Pest Control, Conner Management Group, The Tennessee Tribune and Artistry in Motion, with additional support from the Nashville Children’s Theatre and Martin O’Connor Photography.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for cancer survivors and their families to have a special day of entertainment,” said Anne Washburn, Director of Patient and Community Education and Administrative Director of the REACH for Survivorship Program at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center. “It also is a great chance for the many cancer-related organizations in our community to showcase their services and build relationships.”