Cancer Can Rock gives musicians with aggressive cancers a chance to record a song and leave a legacy. A fundraiser in Virginia for the foundation is scheduled for September 24.

A DC-area music producer whose credits include working with Madonna, Ice Cube, Toni Braxton and HR of Bad Brains hopes to help musicians with aggressive cancers.

Jim Ebert honed his skills as Chief Cue Recording Engineer in Falls Church, Virginia before moving to Los Angeles. Now he’s back in the DC area and founded the Cancer can rock charity.



Cancer Can Rock offers sick musicians the chance to work with professional musicians, in a high-level studio.

“We take musicians with pretty aggressive cancers, bring them in, and we record a song and a video for their family and friends, so they have something forever,” said Ebert, who said he survived a brain cancer for nearly 22 years.

Cancer Can Rock helps sick musicians and their families

The experience provides musicians with a meaningful distraction from their medical situation and results in tangible recordings that can offer comfort and pride to survivors.

“I had several artists sit next to me while we were recording the song, and they told me it was one of the best days of their lives,” Ebert said. “It’s very powerful.”

Cancer Can Rock’s goal is not to solve the disease, Ebert said.

“I’m just trying to give people who are having shitty lives right now a good day.”

The musicians and engineers who accompany the performers during the Cancer Can Rock experience are generous with their time and talents.

Musicians and their families benefit from the Cancer Can Rock experience

“When I was sick, there was a lot of kindness that came out of the woodwork, and I see that with the players now,” Ebert said. “We try to give them some money to make it worth it, in terms of gas, but they basically do it for free.”

Tickets are on sale now for a fundraiser for the Cancer Can Rock Foundation: The NOVA Fall Music Fest, at B Chord Brewing Co., Round Hill, Loudoun County on Saturday, September 24.

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