The Will to Survive

The Will to Survive

February 18, 2011 13:01 ET

A community gathers to celebrate the life of

singer Megan McNeil, 20, who championed childhood cancer causes

Attention: Arts/Entertainment Editor, Assignment Editor, City Editor, Health/Medical Editor, News Editor VANCOUVER, BC / MEDIA ADVISORY / (EMBARGO LIFTED)--(Marketwire - Feb. 18, 2011) - Media and the public are invited to attend a celebration of life for Megan McNeil on February 19 at the Bell Centre for Performing Arts in Surrey, starting at 1:30, doors opening at 1pm. McNeil was the 20 year old singer who died two weeks ago from childhood cancer, but not before leaving behind a legacy of hope and compassion for other kids battling cancer through her beautiful song called The Will to Survive.

What:
A Celebration of Life for Megan McNeil, a singer and tireless advocate for childhood cancer awareness who died January 28 at the age of 20.

Where:
Bell Performing Arts Centre, http://www.bellperformingartscentre.com/
6250 144th Street, Surrey BC V3X 1A1

When:
- Saturday, February 19, 2011
- Doors open at 1pm; Celebration starts at 1:30pm and runs until approximately 3pm.

Who:
- Hosted by co-hosts of the Global BC morning news, Sophie Lui and Steve Darling.
- Featuring reflections from close friends and family, including Megan's parents, Dave and Suzanne.
- Honouring Megan McNeil, the singer songwriter of The Will to Survive, which has become an anthem for the childhood cancer fight.

As Megan's time on earth drew to a close, she made some requests of us all. She wanted her work to continue, and for us all to fight for a day when no child died from childhood cancer. As a gesture of remembrance, her parents ask that you:

1. download her song from iTunes (http://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/the-will-to-survive/id378380828) or Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/The-Will-To-Survive/dp/B003T5FR1K) and
2. share The Will to Survive video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9pHISnIj2Y) with as many as you can to help get her message out.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to The James Fund (http://www.jamesfund.com/donate/) and/or BCCCPA (http://www.bcccpa.org/donatenow.htm) by going directly to their sites.

Contributions towards helping defray the costs of Megan's mission and celebration of life may be made by going to http://www.willtosurvive.org/2011/02/13/megan-mcneil-celebration-of-life/

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NOTE TO EDITORS:

B-ROLL, ART AVAILABLE. "THE WILL TO SURVIVE" YOUTUBE VIDEO IS CLEARED FOR BROADCAST and available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9pHISnIj2Y.

News of this event had been originally embargoed due to concerns about space at the event, but those concerns have now been resolved.

The song is available on iTunes at http://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/the-will-to-survive/id378380828.

The public is welcome but preference will be given to close friends and family.
/For further information: or to arrange an interview:

Susan McLennan
Babble On Communications
Cell: 416.568.5974 (in Vancouver & on site at event)
Ph: 416.699.1846
Email: susan@babbleoncom.com

or

Deborah Keegan
Babble On Communications
Tel: 416.691.5168
Cell: 416.525.5177
Email: deborah@babbleoncom.com

/ IN: ENTERTAINMENT, HEALTH, OTHER

Contact Information

  • Susan McLennan (in Vancouver & on site at event), Babble On Communications
    Primary Phone: 416-568-5974
    Secondary Phone: 416-699-1846
    E-mail: susan@babbleoncom.com