Jack Barksdale helping fight cancer

(DALLAS, October 2017) - Ten-year-old singer/songwriter, Jack Barksdale wants to help fight cancer the only way he knows how, with music.

His new song and music video, titled “My Mother” will raise money for cancer initiatives in North Texas through the Cancer Support Community North Texas.

“I wrote this song about how I felt when my Mom had cancer,” said Jack. “Thankfully, she is now three years cancer-free, but many aren’t as lucky. We’re hoping to raise money to help those families still affected by the horrible disease.”

Inspired by folk, rock and blues legends at an early age, Jack started performing original music at the age of nine and has already shared the stage with Ray Wylie Hubbard, Walt Wilkins, Wade Brown and Courtney Patton.

Since late last year, he’s played over 50 shows regionally and wowed audiences with lyrics wise beyond his years. Jack plays guitar, slide guitar, mandolin and ukulele, but identifies first and foremost a songwriter.

“I’ve always been surrounded by music and my parents have always taken my sister and me to live music venues,” said Barksdale.

The music video for “My Mother” will launch Wednesday, Oct. 25. The song will be available for download via the artist's website at jackbarksdale.com. A donation can be made when you download the song. For every $25 donated, you will receive an autographed poster from Jack.

All proceeds will go to the Cancer Support Community North Texas, whose mission is to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action and sustained by community. For more information on the Cancer Support Community, please visit cancersupporttexas.org.

Catch Jack onstage in the Fort Worth Stockyards Saturday, October 28th at 4:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 3 at Fort Worth’s Magnolia Motor Lounge at 7 p.m. with local artists Keegan McInroe, Matt Tedder and Wesley Geiger.

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We have partnered with Lauren Ward to help with this effort. If you have picks you'd like to donate to this project, Billy's Ice in New Braunfels has agreed to be a drop location!

(Austin, TX)
Lauren Ward is a proud mother of three - including a 6th grader and 9-year old twins. She is also a 5 year breast cancer survivor.

The organization in Austin that provided her the most support, the Breast Cancer Resource Center, has a yearly fundraiser to support their efforts. This event, called Art Bra Austin, celebrates survivors by having them model bras, corsets and dresses handmade by artists around Texas. All of the works are auctioned, and the funds go to support patient navigation, support groups, language translation services, and more.

Lauren had made a piece every year of the last five years, including one that featured 1000 paper cranes folded by hand by she and her children. Last year. she made a piece out of guitar picks - and raised the most money that's been raised by a silent auction piece. To make 2018 even more special, in light of her five year mark, Lauren is trying to get guitar picks from artists and musicians all over the world. Each pick will be used in this wearble art creation that Lauren will model - and auction - next June to benefit BCRC and its programs.

So far, Melissa Etheridge, Reckless Kelly, Pat Green, Philip Sayce, and dozens of others (including two music classes!) have already donated some of their picks. Lauren is seeking the community's help in getting as many as possible to show the diversity of artists who support women fighting cancer, and to raise money to ensure that no one in Austin faces breast cancer alone.

Here's a story about her previous creation that brought "the most money ever for a silent auction piece" for Breast Cancer Resource Center, Austin

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