Rocking Cancer

When attorney, mother, wife, and community volunteer Robin Evernham, 32, was diagnosed with stage IV cancer and given roughly one year to live, her friends and family sprung into action to organize a fundraiser. In the first eight weeks, they planned and hosted the initial 2010 Rockin’ 4 Robin benefit, raising $30,000 to help pay expenses tied to treatment, travel, and other costs.

Evernham, however, had a different vision. She wanted to make the first donation into the newly established Robin’s Nest Charitable Fund. The fund relieves non-medical finances like car payments, airline tickets for treatment, groceries, and cleaning services for cancer patients.

Another Rockin’ 4 Robin benefit, organized by friends, will take place on April 27 at 6:30 p.m. at Old National Bank’s Downtown headquarters. Robin’s Nest will partner with TOUCH Inc., an Evansville non-profit that provides non-medical financial support to cancer patients and their families.

“The night is to not only honor and celebrate the life of our dearest friend,” says event chairman, Jennifer Bailey, “but to spotlight TOUCH and help those who are struggling with the same kind of things that Robin and her family went through.”

This benefit will have a “Dancing Queen” theme. Attendees will enjoy four hours of dancing, corn hole tournaments, silent and live auctions, a photo booth, catering, presentations on TOUCH and Evernham, and more. Participants will be able to purchase Rockin’ 4 Robin T-shirts and the Egg of Hope and Light, a charm designed and created by Evernham and Dean Brinker of Brinker’s Jewelers. Tickets are $60 in advance and $70 at the door.

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