Stillwater News Press

February 24, 2011

Graham Colton to play benefit concert in Stillwater Friday night

12-year-old cancer patient will benefit from Friday concert in Stillwater

By Chase Rheam
Stillwater NewsPress

STILLWATER, Okla. — Oklahoma City native Graham Colton will play a benefit concert Friday night at the Payne County Expo Center. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Lindsey Fry said the money raised will help Rumer Austin, a 12-year-old girl with Ewing's sarcoma. Ewing's sarcoma is a rare form of bone cancer that strikes children and adolescents. Fry is philanthropy coordinator for Oklahoma State University Varsity Revue Steering Committee, which is sponsoring the concert.

“She was diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma about a year ago in December and so we are wanting to hold a benefit concert this year for her to raise money to go toward her chemotherapy and then ... hopefully raise enough money also to be able to donate some to a cancer society in her name,” said Fry.

The Varsity Revue found out about Rumer’s illness through fellow steering member Rayne Austin - Rumer’s older brother.

“Just being friends with him and being on the committee with him, that’s how we kind of got word about it and we decided that we wanted to do our philanthropy this year for her,” said Fry.

The group has already sold 400 to 500 tickets, said Fry. They are hoping to sell more.

“... Come out and support Rumer in her fight against Ewing's sarcoma,” said Fry. “We’re really trying to make everyone aware of Ewings Sarcoma. I think it’s something that needs to be put out there and let everyone know that this little 12-year-old girl is fighting and she is still very happy and has a good, positive attitude and so we’re  there to kind of be there for her and put on a good concer t...”

Tickets will be $15 at the door or can be purchased at the OSU Student Union. For more information, search “Rumer Has It: Graham Colton Concert” on Facebook.