A University of Central Arkansas sorority is co-hosting the first Rock for a Reason charity concert benefitting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital tonight, according to a news release.
The Alpha Sigma Alpha at the University of Central Arkansas and Juanita's have partnered for the event. A percentage of proceeds the sorority receives will be donated to the children's brain tumor research center at St. Jude's, in honor of Jack Huntze.
Jack was the younger brother of Jordan Huntze, a 2012 UCA graduate and member of UCA's Alpha Sigma Alpha chapter. Jack was diagnosed with a Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), an inoperable brain stem tumor commonly diagnosed in children and young teens. There has not been any progress made in finding a treatment with this type of tumor in 30 years. This tumor is fatal 100% of the time, but St. Jude's is working on clinical trials for treatment for this tumor. Dr. Cynthia Wetmore is pioneering these clinical trials.
Tickets for the show are being sold online at www.juanitas.com/tickets for $8 in advance. Tickets will also be sold in advance for $10. The show is 18 and over. Doors will open at 8 p.m. and the show will begin at 9 p.m.
Performers include local UCA students and alumni, as well as several up-and-coming bands from Arkansas and Colorado: Ashley Fleener, Allie Burnett, Randy Young, Medic & Lucas Hitch, The Cons of Formant and Backroad Anthem.
Jack was incredibly courageous throughout all of his treatments and his faith and trust in God inspired all those around him. His short life brought joy to all those around him and his story has inspired us all, according to the news release.
To further assist children's brain tumor research, please donate to:
St. Jude Children's Hospital
ATTN: Dr. Cynthia Wetmore/Brain Stem Tumor Research
262 Danny Thomas Place
Memphis, TN 38105