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February 14, 2008

Bon Jovi to raise cancer funds

New York - Bon Jovi is headlining a concert series to raise funds for lung cancer research - a cause that became personal for the US rockers, after band mate Richie Sambora's father died of the disease last year.

The group is dedicating the kick-off concert at the Hammerstein Ballroom in Manhattan on Tuesday night to the guitarist's father, Adam Sambora.

It comes days before the US leg of the band's "Lost Highway World Tour."

Funds raised during the year long concert series will go to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Centre, where Sambora's father received treatment.

Jerry Seinfeld and Andrea Bocelli

The series, organised by the non-profit organisation Stand Up For A Cure, will also feature performances by comedian Jerry Seinfeld, Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli and other artists.

The organisation also has commissioned three mobile care centres in the New York area, which will be named after the rocker's parents, Adam and Joan Sambora.

According to the National Cancer Institute, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death among both men and women in the US, and will kill more people this year than cancer of the breast, prostate and colorectal combined.

Posted by riesambo at February 14, 2008 06:24 AM