Collaborating for a Cause

Benefit Concert raises over $2,100 for Lung Cancer Research

Students Anthony Miller and Nicole O'Connor run the sound board at the event.

When Globe University – Madison East students heard about the Jodi Lou Lung Cancer Foundation they knew they wanted to help.  It wasn’t until they met Jodi’s widowed husband, Ray Rickert, and saw the young daughter and parents she left behind, however, that they realized the true importance of helping such a worthy cause.

The student-run Music Business Club, MIC Productions, along with a Music Business class and Global Citizenship class organized A Night to Dream, a benefit concert to raise funds to support lung cancer research.  A Night to Dream was held at the Brink Lounge in Madison on Thursday, March 15th, 2012.  Local performers Mark Croft and Main Street Wisdom performed for the event. A $5 donation was suggested at the door and throughout night the event raised over $2,100 for the UW Carbone Cancer Center.

Mainstreet Wisdom performs during the benefit.

MIC Productions Secretary, Sarah Oliver said, “A lyric comes to mind when I reflect upon this event and this family: ‘By helping a neighbor, or even a stranger- to know who needs help, you need only just ask’ (Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Old City Bar). Every one of us made a connection that evening, and it is a connection that will not soon be forgotten.”

The Jodi Lou Lung Cancer Foundation is a non-profit organization created by Jodi Lou just months before she died.  The foundation has collected over $100,000 to fight this disease through events and generous donations.  They are dedicated to supporting the lung cancer research program at the UW Carbone Cancer Center, and their goal is to get the clinical trial medication from the research lab to the patient and in turn honor Jodi’s dream of saving another parent the pain of having to say “goodbye” to their child.

For more information about the Jodi Lou Lung Cancer Foundation or to donate please visit