In a mission of music, the six doctors who make up the band N.E.D. will perform in the Triangle this weekend to raise money to combat gynecologic cancers.
The group, which formed two years ago on a lark, has become a serious pursuit. Last year the band cut an album that has sold more than 4,000 copies. It is now working on a second disc - all aimed at the same cause.
"It's not about sellingT-shirts," said Dr. John Boggess, one of two band members from UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill. "It's about selling an awareness campaign."
Gynecologic cancers, including ovarian and cervical cancers, afflict about 75,000 women in the United States each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But the cancers get much less attention than others, and research funds also lag compared with the massive amounts raised for breast cancer.
Boggess said he and his band mates want to sound a different drum.
"This is sort of the way the band has evolved," Boggess said. "The CD sales have all supported the efforts we've been doing, but the concerts are a way to grow the fan base and awareness and raise funds to create a bigger impact."
N.E.D. - the name stands for No Evidence of Disease, which is the best diagnosis a woman can get - includes surgeons from New York, Texas and Oregon, in addition to Boggess and his UNC Hospitals colleague, Dr. John Soper.
Playing its brand of roots rock, the band wrote its own music for the first CD, inspired by the patients and work the doctors have dedicated their lives to.
Concerts this weekend will be Saturday at Cat's Cradle in Carrboro and Sunday at the Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh. A patron's dinner is slated before Saturday's concert and is sold out.
Proceeds from the shows will go toward research and to help pay for the formation of gynecologic cancer support groups at UNC Hospitals and Rex Cancer Center.
Boggess said he's hoping the concerts draw large crowds. Previous shows in Portland, Ore., and Austin, Texas, were big hits.
"We have put so much into this - so many hours, so much money, so much time away from the things we normally do, and feel like there's so much riding on us being a success - we can't imagine a concept where it won't be fantastic," Boggess said.
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