Country concert to help cancer patient

Brandon Durieux undergoing expensive leukemia treatment in Texas.

Brandon Durieux and his wife

A fundraising concert in support of a South Surrey native undergoing cancer treatment in Texas is planned for next month in Cloverdale.

Brandon Durieux, 24, has been in Houston since Feb. 8 where he is being treated for an aggressive form of leukemia he was diagnosed with last summer. Told by local doctors his disease was terminal, Durieux and his wife, Michelle, have been raising funds to pay for progressive treatment at MD Anderson Cancer Center, where his medical bills are estimated to reach more than a million dollars.

Family and friends back home have rallied to help the Durieuxs, planning a country-themed concert called Never Give Up.

The show, set for April 2 at Shannon Hall at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds, features a lineup of country artists, including Rod Black, Jesse Allen, FM and guest Trevor Dennis.

According to organizer Lori Watson, a South Surrey resident and co-founder of charity From The Heart of Country, the artists set to perform all jumped at the chance to help the Durieuxs.

“All the musicians are doing this for essentially cost and not being paid,” she said.

Watson said the concert will be filmed and edited into a ‘download-by-donation’ video, and there will also be several prizes up for raffle, including an in-home acoustic performance by Black.

Tickets are $25 and available on www.eventbrite.ca – search ‘From the Heart of Country. Donations to Durieux’s fundraising campaign can also be made at www.gofundme.com/vzm5ejpt+

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