Too $hort To Headline Benefit For Cancer Stricken Bay Area 2 Year Old Juliana Pena

Posted by Billyjam, July 28, 2011 12:18pm | Post a Comment
Props to Too $hort and all the other Bay Area rappers who are volunteering their collective talents and time to an upcoming benefit concert to aid cancer-stricken South San Francisco toddler Juliana Pena. Back in April, right after celebrating her second birthday, the young girl (pictured left) was diagnosed with neuroblastoma - a rare form of cancer that arises in immature nerve cells and affects mostly infants and children. Juliana is in stage 3 as the tumor has spread in her body. She has already undergone five rounds of chemotherapy, surgery, and numerous hospital stays. Next she will have to have a bone marrow transplant - all part of the costly twelve to fifteen months of treatment the young girl will need to undergo. Then, even after all that treatment, Juliana’s faces a 40% to 60% odds that the neuroblastoma will not reoccur.

After getting word of her devastating (and costly) plight Too $hort and fourteen other Bay Area hip-hop artists, including Hugh EMC, San Quinn, Rappin 4-Tay, Big Rich, Roach Gigz. Equipto, Napalm, Gold Toes, Baldhead Rick, Voice, Young Mind, Gullie, DJ Lazy Boy, Epicenter Sound, and  CoBlooded the Great, all agreed to perform in a special benefit concert on the Labor Day Weekend to raise money for Juliana's rising health care costs. Luckily her father, Jesus Pena, is good friends with SF rapper CoBlooded the Great who took it upon himself to organize and produce this worthy benefit concert. “When I saw the pain she was suffering and the toll on the family, I knew I had to help,” CoBlooded said, noting how, despite the bad rep that rap artists so often get, that this is another example of positivity within the Bay Area rap world. “We can show you that these rappers are doing positive things in the community,” he said of the benefit show that is the Labor Day Shakedown and will take place at Space 550 in San Francisco.

The Labor Day Shakedown concert happens September 2nd  (Doors 10 p.m.) at Space 550, located at 550 Barneveld Ave., San Francisco, CA 94124. Tickets cost $30 in advance and $35 at the door. Tickets can be purchased online in advance.  More information: (415) 948-5100

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