By: Molly Flodder—
Muncie, Indiana—When the members of Survivor Voices, singers in the cancer survivors’ choir, give public testimonials, they are quick to point out that their cancer diagnosis, treatment and recovery were among the hardest days, months and even years of their lives. In fact, a few singers still have active cancer cases, but are grateful when they are in remission. All members of the choir support the mission of providing hope, inspiration and encouragement to people and their caregivers who deal with cancer or other tough life issues.
Testimonials will be among the program order at the joint benefit concert with the Ball State University Singers set for Wednesday, October 3, at 7:30 p.m. at Sursa Performance Hall at the corner of McKinley and Riverside. The 21-person Survivor Voices choir will sing, the University Singers will sing and dance, and the program will end with both choirs, 50 combined voices, singing together. The average age of the University Singers is 21 and of the community survivor group is 64.
The concert will benefit Little Red Door Cancer Agency of East Central Indiana and Survivor Voices. For Little Red Door, money will be used to support operations and pay for patient care services including nutritional supplements and transportation for families going through cancer treatment. The survivor choir will be purchasing a portable sound system to use in some of the venues where they sing.
Co-Artistic Directors of Survivor Voices are Vicki Jeffers and Molly Flodder. The University Singers, considered “Indiana’s Goodwill Ambassadors,” are under the direction of Dr. Alan Alder.
Although there is no admission charge, a freewill offering will be taken. The concert is being supported by sponsors including: Platinum sponsor, Anonymous; Gold Sponsor, Anonymous; Silver Sponsor, Dr. Michael and Laura Williamson, founders of the group; Copper Sponsors, Anonymous, Morrison Woods Health Campus, and Leland Wilhoite, DDS; and Bronze Sponsor, Cooper Tire, Elm Street Brewery, Flower Bin, Mr. Lon and Dr. Robin Fox, Jack’s Camera, Prime Trust Federal Credit Union, Retz Creations, Thrive Credit Union, Tranquil Moments Therapeutic Massage and UPS Store.
Survivor Voices will begin its 2019 season around March 1 and is actively seeking cancer survivors who love to sing to join their group. The singers perform and share testimonials at service clubs, churches, community events, and opportunities at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital.