St. David's HealthCare July 25, 2016

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The Sarah Cannon Tour Connects People Facing Blood Cancer with Community Resources and Support

Today, St. David’s HealthCare comes together with its partner, Sarah Cannon, the global cancer institute of Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), as well as iconic vocalist, Martina McBride and Big Machine Label Group (BMLG) to announce a special concert event. Through the national movement – Band Against Cancer: The Sarah Cannon Tour – St. David’s HealthCare presents Martina McBride & Friends in concert at Austin’s Bass Concert Hall on Saturday, September 17, 2016. Tickets will go on sale to the public Friday, August 5, 2016 at 10 a.m. Central Time and can be accessed through As the leading voice for the movement, Martina McBride will headline the concert, with additional performances by Thompson Square, Cassadee Pope and Hudson Moore.

Band Against Cancer connects people facing cancer with community-based resources and support close to home. The movement is activated through The Sarah Cannon Tour concert series with Martina McBride & Friends, which is also traveling to Dallas, San Antonio, Denver and Nashville this year. The performance at Bass Concert Hall on The University of Texas at Austin’s campus will feature onsite activations to join the cause and support those fighting cancer, as well as opportunities for cancer patients to share their stories and connect with others fighting the same journey.

“We are committed to supporting those facing cancer in Central Texas by providing cutting-edge treatments, the latest technologies, strong physician leadership and high-quality care through our comprehensive cancer programs,” David Huffstutler, president and chief executive officer of St. David’s HealthCare, said. “It takes a strong team to fight cancer—one made up of physicians, nurses, cancer experts, families, friends all working together to support patients through the entire cancer journey. It is why we have established Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute programs within our hospitals – to unite all of our partnering cancer experts across Central Texas to transform the way cancer is treated.”

This year, Band Against Cancer has a special focus on helping people affected by blood cancer, an underserved patient population requiring convenient access to cutting-edge treatment options in their community. Blood cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S. The tour supports Sarah Cannon’s partners including The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). Communities can further support LLS by joining Sarah Cannon and St. David’s HealthCare’s Light The Night Walk team for the annual Light The Night Walk on Saturday, November 12, 2016, at Circuit of the Americas. Learn more about LLS and Light The Night at

"I am thrilled to be performing for my fans as well as helping everyone throughout the Sarah Cannon Cancer Network with their Band Against Cancer initiative," said Martina McBride. "The Sarah Cannon Tour is supporting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), which is also so important to me because of the impact LLS makes for countless families in our communities across the country."

For patients diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma and other life-threatening diseases, a bone marrow or cord blood transplant may be their best – or only – hope for a cure. However, 70 percent of patients who need a transplant do not have a fully matched donor in their family. Patients depend on Be The Match® and its supporters to find a match to save their life. Through Band Against Cancer, Sarah Cannon and St. David’s HealthCare are proud to partner with Be The Match® to help find more committed and available members of the community who will sign up to save a life. The special concert at Bass Concert Hall will take place on World Marrow Donor Day, a day to promote awareness and show support for patients in need of marrow transplants. To find out more, visit

The Sarah Cannon Blood Cancer Center at St. David’s South Austin Medical Center is part of Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at St. David’s HealthCare—a partnership between St. David’s HealthCare and Sarah Cannon designed to provide patients with a more coordinated and comprehensive approach to cancer services in Central Texas. Patients facing blood cancer in Central Texas can access comprehensive blood cancer services through the Sarah Cannon Blood Cancer Center at St. David’s South Austin Medical Center, which offers cutting-edge treatments, including autologous and allogeneic transplants, and related and unrelated donor transplants. The Sarah Cannon Blood Cancer Center at St. David’s South Austin Medical Center is uniquely structured to address the needs of Central Texas by bringing together recognized physician leadership in oncology care from Texas Oncology and Texas Transplant Institute®.

About Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at St. David’s HealthCare

Sarah Cannon, the global cancer institute of Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), and St. David’s HealthCare, one of the largest health systems in Texas, offer integrated cancer services with convenient access to cutting-edge therapies for those facing cancer in communities throughout the region. Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at St. David’s HealthCare’s cancer programs include individualized patient navigation provided by oncology-trained nurses, blood cancer services, including blood and marrow transplants (BMTs), and market-wide multidisciplinary cancer conferences, where healthcare specialists discuss the diagnosis and treatment of individual cancer patients. St. David’s HealthCare is a part of Sarah Cannon’s global cancer network across the U.S. and UK, providing state-of-the-art cancer care close to home for hundreds of thousands of patients, a number unmatched by any single cancer center. To learn more about Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at St. David’s HealthCare, visit

About Martina McBride

Multiple Grammy® nominee Martina McBride has sold over 18 million albums to date, which includes 20 Top 10 singles and six #1 hits. On February 26th she released her first single, “Reckless,” the title track from her new album which is now available. McBride has earned more than 15 major music awards, including four wins for Female Vocalist of the Year from the Country Music Association and won three Academy of Country Music for Top Female Vocalist. Martina has been awarded 14 Gold Records. Nine Platinum honors, three Double Platinum Records, and two Triple Platinum Awards. Martina was awarded the Covenant House Beacon of Hope Award and Music Business Association’s prestigious 2015 Harry Chapin Memorial Humanitarian Award for her philanthropic efforts on behalf of domestic violence. Martina will bring her passion for family and music to help Sarah Cannon launch their national Band Against Cancer campaign this year with special concerts in selected markets. Recently, Martina released her first book, Around the Table, a full-color illustrated collection of her favorite recipes, hosting tips, practical menu planning advice, and themed décor inspiration. Martina is signed to the innovative Nash Icon Records, an imprint under the Big Machine Label Group umbrella.

About Big Machine Label Group

Led by Founder, President and CEO Scott Borchetta, the Big Machine Label Group encompasses Big Machine Records, The Valory Music Co., Dot Records, Nash Icon Records and publishing company Big Machine Music. BMLG artists include superstars Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, Reba, Florida Georgia Line, Martina McBride, Hank Williams Jr., Ronnie Dunn, Steven Tyler, Cheap Trick, Jennifer Nettles and Brantley Gilbert; chart-topping acts Thomas Rhett, Justin Moore, Eli Young Band, Maddie & Tae, A Thousand Horses, The Mavericks, Aaron Lewis, The Voice winners Cassadee Pope and Danielle Bradbery; up-and-comers The Cadillac Three, Drake White, Ashley Campbell, Tucker Beathard, Brett Young, Tara Thompson, as well as soundtracks for ABC's "NASHVILLE." Borchetta served as the mentor on American Idol, proudly added Season 14 winner Nick Fradiani and Season 15 champ Trent Harmon to Big Machine Records' roster. BMLG artists have received multiple GRAMMY, CMA, ACM, AMA, CMT, Teen Choice, MTV, Billboard, People's Choice and Brit Awards. Big Machine is the first-ever American label to align with terrestrial radio for performance royalty rights for its artists and is an industry leader in fighting for artist, songwriter, publisher and record company rights. Visit for more information.

Media Contacts:

Samantha Maxwell
Communications Coordinator, Sarah Cannon
Phone: (615) 922-9180

Kristin Marcum
Elizabeth Christian Public Relations
Phone: (512) 472-9599