"Concerts for a Cure is the brainchild of Spring City singer-songwriter MaryBeth Hammer, who two years ago was diagnosed with human papillomavirus, which can lead to cervical cancer. Now free of the virus, Hammer was determined that other women should not have to go through the mental anguish — and painful procedure — she had to endure to rid herself of the pre-cancerous cells. To do so, she formed the nonprofit organization Concerts for a Cure (www.concertscure.org)."
“Diagnosis of HPV has musician on a mission
By Denise Jewell Gee
NEWS NIAGARA BUREAU
MaryBeth Hammer was young, healthy and in a long-term relationship when she learned two years ago she was infected with human papillomavirus.
Hammer, a Middleport native now living in Philadelphia, was shocked. Within a month, she had to undergo surgery to remove precancerous cells.
She knew little then about the sexually transmitted infection.
Today, Hammer, 28, is working to ensure others are armed with information about HPV and how to prevent it. To that end, Hammer started Concerts for a Cure shortly after her own diagnosis.
Hammer, an architect and musician who graduated from Royalton-Hartland High School in 1999, is featured this month in advertisements in Glamour, Elle, Cosmopolitan and Shape magazines to raise awareness about HPV.
Buffalo Evening News
"Most musicians crave attention- but MaryBeth wants to put the spotlight on HPV and cervical cancer."
"...Today, she plays to a packed house and uses her gift for music to get the word out about human papillomavirus (HPV)."
"...MaryBeth turned the spotlight on HPV and founded the not-for-profit Concerts for a Cure."
"Most musicians crave attention but MaryBeth wants to put the spotlight on HPV and cervical cancer."