Interlochen Arts Academy Holds ‘Music for Hope’ Benefit Concert for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

“Every three minutes a person is diagnosed with leukemia.”

One Interlochen Arts Academy student is organizing something special, near and dear to her heart.

Neenah Fuste is coordinating ‘Music for Hope‘ — a fundraiser to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.Leukemia Fam 2

Her driving force in doing all this is her brother. He was diagnosed with leukemia at just 5 years old, and this is her way of helping children dealing with the same thing. She says, “I knew what the term cancer meant but like I didn’t know that it would affect me personally. I think that it really showed us as a family like not to take anything for granted.”

Music for Hope‘ will feature theatre performances of personal cancer stories.

Fuste says, “Every piece that we chose has an underlying theme that connects to cancer, or is connected to love and hope because that’s really what I wanted for this. Is to take away all the scary sadness and to spread love.”

Neenah is participating in Students of the Yearwhich is a seven week fundraising competition that raises money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. With a goal of $50,000 she’s pretty close to reaching it…especially since she draws inspiration from music and creating art in service to others.

Neenah“It is an outlet for me where I am able to express my emotions in a way that really isn’t possible with your words. The one main thing that I wanted to try and come across with music for hope, was to bring a light to the darkness to the cancer,” says Fuste.




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