Hello and thank you for visiting our website! This site began years ago to promote a benefit concert done to raise money for brain tumor research to benefit brain tumor suvivors like me. I have "retired" from organizing benefit concerts now, but I decided to make this website into a resource for information for brain tumor survivors. You will also see memories and photos from the three benefit concerts from 2011, 2012, and 2013. Since that time, I have gone through some additional health concerns. I have included information about each experience, with the hope that you will find the information helpful if you or someone you know are going through the same thing. Feel free to use the "contact me" section if you have any questions, and I will be happy to respond to your message.
The History of the "Candy and Friends" Benefit Concert...
In 2009, Candy Wilson, the organizer of "Candy and Friends," was diagnosed with 2 brain tumors. It was at that time, she became active in the fight against brain tumors. She and some friends formed a 5K walk team to raise money for brain tumor research through the National Brain Tumor Society's 5K event in Ft. Worth in 2009 and 2010. In 2011,however, endeavoring to find a creative way to raise a larger amount of money for their walk team, Candy and her friends, most of whom were musicians, decided to host a benefit concert made up of local musicians, who wanted to join in the fight to eradicate brain tumors. Thus, the very first "Candy and Friends" concert took place on October 16, 2011. The response was positive, and the tradition of "Candy and Friends" continued. In 2013, Candy decided to branch out from the original format of the show by bringing in a single, professional artist for the event. It was also decided it would be great to support a local organization, and thus, that year's proceeds went to benefit the Legacy Brain Foundation of North Texas. Even though she has since "retired" from hosting the benefit concerts, Candy continues to be active in both the brain tumor and bladder cancer survivors communities in the Dallas area. She is still in remission from bladder cancer and has had successful surgery and Gamma Knife radiation for treatment of her 2 brain tumors.