Natalie Merchant Plays for Breast Cancer Research

On October 22nd, Natalie Merchant will perform for an annual Pink October fundraiser benefiting breast cancer research at the Dyson Center for Cancer Care at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, NY. She will play twice for the event. Last year it raised $50,000. Elizabeth Mitchell will also play. “Elizabeth Mitchell and I have been making music together over the past year and I feel like I’ve found a true kindred spirit. We both share a passion for this cause,” said Merchant. (Source:

Her her two shows will take place at the historic Old Dutch Church in Kingston, NY. The structure is the tallest in Kingston and was constructed in 1852. Tickets range from $35 to $99, with children ages 3-12 getting in for $10 and children under three free. The fundraiser is being held in collaboration with Radio Woodstock.

In the United States an estimated 230,480 female and 2,140 male cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed. In 2010 there were an estimated 39,520 female and 450 male deaths from breast cancer. (Source: National Cancer Institute) Yes, that’s right – males get breast cancer too, just at much lower rates. (Heart disease is the number one killer of Americans.)

Merchant has also supported these other charities during her career: Scenic Hudson, Riverkeeper, The Center for Constitutional Rights, Doctors Without Borders, Tibet House, Greenpeace, The Southern Center for Human Rights and Planned Parenthood.

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Sara R.
Sara R.4 years ago

I love love love Natalie; she's amazing. Thank you for this gift !

Sharon Fenderson
Sharon Fenderson4 years ago

I love Natalie Merchant and her music! Natalie...thank you for ROCK forever!!!!

Annie M.
Annie M.4 years ago

It's too bad people don't understand the cancer thing. Research has been conducted for half a century now, employing the torture of innocent sentient animals. And what have they come up with? Poisoning with chemo, burning w/radiation, and cutting with temporary results. They are on the wrong track!! And yet we continue to throw $ big pharma. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. But still, let's just keep torturing the animals. Too bad so few people get this.

Mara C.
Mara Comitas4 years ago

Natalie Merchant rocks. I hope I can get tickets!

Winifred v.
Winifred v.4 years ago

She is a great musician anybody who has chance to see her is lucky. I saw here in smaller venue and loved every minute of her concert and have every CD she has produced. Thanks Natalie for Caring! Women don't forget to get your pap smears that is the only way to catch Cervical Cancer...I know from expierence.

Alicia N.
Alicia N.4 years ago

Great voice in a beautiful soul...!!!!!
THANKS Dear Natalie Merchant and good luck in raising
money for a good cause, you are Amazing !!!!

Tom Sullivan
Tom C Sullivan4 years ago

Awesome, she can really sing, soft pretty voice.

Mrs Shakespeare
Mrs Shakespeare4 years ago

I honestly have noooo idea who she is but may God bless her for caring and sharing :')

Robert O.
Robert O.4 years ago

Good to hear! She's awesome.

William K.
William K.4 years ago

Thanks for the article.