Marquette Hosts "Concert
Proceeds to benefit
American Cancer Society
Sept. 26, 2005
Cancer is a very personal thing for Matt
Wessel. He lost his father to the disease in 1997 when he
was just a junior in high school. His father was only 47 years
old. Wessel’s aunt succumbed to the disease as well,
and his mother is a cancer survivor.
Turning to music to escape the sorrow of his father’s
death, he wrote a number of songs about hope, life and faith.
Those songs became Wessel’s first album, “Pure
Inspirations,” which was released when he was a senior
in high school. Since then, Wessel has graduated from Marquette
University, landed a job with the Milwaukee Bucks front office,
and recorded four more albums.
Wessel returns to his alma mater at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, Sept.
29 to perform at the Concert for Life in the Weasler
Auditorium. The concert will feature Wessel performing his
original songs on the piano while accompanied by several other
musicians. This will be Matt’s ninth Concert for
Life. His eight previous shows in Wisconsin and his home
state of Illinois have raised more than $75,000 for the American
"Cancer has definitely had a huge impact on my life and
the life of those around me,” says Wessel. “This
concert gives us a chance to remember those who have passed
away from the disease, support those who are fighting it,
and celebrate those who have survived it.”
The concert is open to the public. Advance tickets are five
dollars and are currently available for sale in Marquette
Residence halls or by email at email@example.com.
Tickets will also be available at the door for seven dollars
the night of the event. Raffle tickets for door prizes will
be sold at the show for one dollar. All proceeds will be
donated directly to the American Cancer Society. For more
information on Matt Wessel and his music, please visit www.mattwesselmusic.com.
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