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. I am taking a break from organizing the concerts at this time, 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. In 2013, I was also diagnosed with bladder cancer and you will find information about the disease and my journey with it as well on this site. In 2017 I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and had to undergo rotator cuff repair surgery as a result. I included information regarding this experience, too. I'm glad you found this site and pray that it will be helpful for you. If I may be of any help to you in your journey, please feel free to use the "Contact Me" section of this website and I will be more than happy to reply 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. In 2009 and 2010, this walk team participated in the 5K. 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. Currently, the "Candy and Friends" benefit concert is on sabbatical to give Candy a much needed rest. Candy continues to be active in both the brain tumor and bladder cancer survivors communities in the Dallas area. She is currently in remission from bladder cancer and has had successful surgery and Gamma Knife radiation for treatment of both of her brain tumors.