The Farm Studios / Mission Management Group / The Childhood Cancer Foundation

The Farm Studios / Mission Management Group / The Childhood Cancer Foundation

March 11, 2009 13:34 ET

Song written by Cancer-fighting teen recorded by legendary producer

cancer-fighting kids and up-and-coming music star

Attention: Arts/Entertainment Editor, Assignment Editor, Lifestyle Editor, News Editor, Photo Editor VANCOUVER, BC / MEDIA ADVISORY --(Marketwire - March 11, 2009) - 18 year old Megan McNeil who is battling a rare cancer called adrenal cortical carcinoma, will have her dream come true this Sunday, March 15 at 2pm as legendary rock producer Garth Richardson hosts McNeil and other cancer fighting kids at The Farm Studios to record "The Will to Survive," a song McNeil wrote in tribute to all children fighting cancer.

McNeil will be joined by several other cancer-fighting kids who will be singing background vocals with some help from rising musical star Ryan McMahon, whose hit "Road Signs" is on Big Rock Breweries 2009 Juno Compilation. McMahon arranged "The Will to Survive" and also sings on it.

Media are welcome to attend.

-Megan McNeil, 18, cancer-fighting teen and singer/song-writer
-Garth Richardson, music producer (Nickelback, Red Hot Chili Peppers)
-Ryan McMahon, album "Weeks, Months, Years" at HMV and Chapters Indigo nationwide
-several cancer-fighting kids of varying ages and their parents
-Cathleen Lundgren, project coordinator, Ryan McMahon manager

Recording of "The Will to Survive," written by 18 year old cancer-fighting teen Megan McNeil

Sunday, March 15 at 2pm - 4pm

The Farm Studios
242 East 2nd Avenue (Main and 2nd)
(604) 875-8998

"This isn't about fulfilling a wish; it's about recording a great song. We believe this song has the potential to be a real hit and we look forward to getting it distributed and into the hearts of Canadians coast to coast," says Garth Richardson.

Adds Ryan McMahon, who is currently recording a new album with Richardson, "The moment I heard 'The Will to Survive,' I knew I had to be part of it. I hope Canadians come to love the song and its message of hope as much as we do."

Sales of "The Will to Survive" will benefit the Childhood Cancer Foundation of Canada and will help the McNeil's defray some of the expenses incurred over the course of Megan's illness.

Recent research shows that one in almost five children who are diagnosed with cancer will die of the disease. With a mortality rate of close to 20%, Canada loses tens of thousands of years of potential life each year to childhood cancer. About 10,000 Canadian children are currently undergoing treatment for cancer and 1,500 new cases are diagnosed annually. Just a few years ago, the mortality rate was 25% but research leading to better treatment has improved the odds and is the key to a 100% cure rate.
The Childhood Cancer Foundation Canada is a national, volunteer governed, charitable organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for children with cancer and their families. They strive to meet their objectives by undertaking and supporting national initiatives which result in the increased survival and wellbeing of our children, and ultimately, a cure for all childhood cancers. It is Canada's only national organization working exclusively in the area of children's cancer. For more information, please visit


Note to editors: B-roll available.
/For further information:
Deborah Keegan
Babble On Communications
(416) 691-5168
(416) 525-5177 (cell)

Cathleen Lundgren
Mission Management Group
250.245.4440 (Home/office)
604.258.8843 (Cellular)


Contact Information

  • Deborah Keegan, Babble On Communications
    Primary Phone: 416-691-5168
    Secondary Phone: 416-525-5177