Jamey Johnson Raises More Than $100K for Pancreatic Cancer Research
Country-singer Jamey Johnson — along with some of his very talented friends — recently joined hands to raise money for to aid the fight against pancreatic cancer.
Johnson headlined a benefit show in Nashville on Sept. 23 at Marathon Music Works, which raised more than $45,000. He had some help to keep the show rocking from good friends Shooter Jennings, Jerrod Niemann and Randy Houser. Four days later he shot down to his home state of Alabama to host the Fourth Annual Jamey Johnson Golf Tournament, which raised roughly $67,000.
Following the tournament, Johnson put on his second show of the week that raised over $4,000 and gathered 114 new toys for the U.S. Marines Toys for Tots. Houser came out again for the concert, as well as T. Graham Brown, Chris Hennessee and many more.
“I’m so grateful to my friends for donating their time to fight pancreatic cancer,” Johnson remarks in a press release. “This is important to me because I’ve lost so many friends to pancreatic cancer in the last few years."
All proceeds from both events benefitted the Nikki Mitchell Foundation, an organization that supports not just one hospital, but the most promising pancreatic cancer research in the country with a special emphasis on prevention and patient care.
Nikki Mitchell, most famously known as Waylon Jennings’ business manager for 22 years, died from pancreatic cancer in 2013 at the age of 58. Johnson was close friends with Mitchell, as well as with legendary songwriter Hank Cochran, who died of pancreatic cancer in 2010 at age 74.
Throughout the week's events, more than $112,000 was raised for the cause.
“We at the Nikki Mitchell Foundation are thrilled with the two events and with the continued support of our generous Artists and Sponsors,” says Rhonda Miles, president of the Nikki Mitchell Foundation. “ We want to thank them from the bottom of our hearts."
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