Music fans are in luck, as they can now support a good cause while enjoying some awesome tunes. Fans of the band Chicago will have the opportunity to bid on a chance to sing a duet of If You Leave Me Now, through an auction of which the proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society's (ACS) campaign against breast cancer, reports Spinner.com
Chicago is going on tour this summer with the Doobie Brothers and those who wish to be in the audience can bid on VIP packages that include two front row tickets, backstage access and the opportunity to hit the stage and sing with the band live.
"It stems from the work we did last year for World Hunger Year," band member Robert Lamm told the source of their involvement with the cause. "It got such a great response and it really did so much good that when the opportunity came to work with ACS this year in regards to breast cancer, it was sort of natural."
The band hopes that the money raised from the campaign will go towards research into the prevention of breast cancer rather than treatment. Explains Lamm, "...Eventually there won't need to be treatment if there is prevention. If we could just raise awareness and money to that effect, that would be the best of all worlds."
According to the ACS, there were an estimated 193,000 new cases of breast cancer in 2009 and almost 40,000 deaths due to the disease. The ACS organizes both the Relay for Life and Making Strides walks that honor cancer victims and survivors and raise money to help find a cure for the disease.