A Message from NF Hope Concert Co-Founder, Jeff Leibow

Author: Jeff Leibow, NF Hope Concert Co-Founder
Published On: 03/17/2020

The NF Hope® Concerts are focused on positively impacting the NF community and making a difference in the world around us. With this focus, we recognize our prudent responsibility to help health officials minimize the spread of COVID-19.

So, it is with this responsibility and a heavy heart that we announce the cancellation of Chicago’s 3rd Annual NF Hope Concert, originally scheduled for March 29, 2020 and NYC’s 4th Annual NF Hope Concert, scheduled for May 4, 2020.

The NF Hope® Concerts were created to support the NF community and fund NF Network’s programs to empower NF families and improve their lives. Many individuals living with NF are being treated with chemotherapy and other similar anti-tutorial regiments, and as a result may be immune suppressed. Because we are dedicated to their safety, we cannot take a chance of exposing NF families to COVID-19 and the dangers it could pose to them and other family members. We also have to consider the well-being of our caring patrons and the community at large.

Our challenge now, beyond helping our families navigate this unprecedented pandemic, is to recover from the loss of this invaluable fundraising. In total, the cancellation of Chicago’s 3rd Annual NF Hope Concert and NYC’s 4th Annual NF Hope Concert represents nearly $75,000 in lost income. For a grass roots organization, this is devastating.

So, we are asking for your help.

Starting today, we are opening an online appeal to help raise at least some of the revenue lost to ensure that Neurofibromatosis Network can continue its work supporting NF families.

The appeal can be found at http://nfhope20.givesmart.com and will not only give you an opportunity to contribute to this important cause, but you will also get a taste of the performances you would have seen in Chicago and New York, including videos from Tony Award Winner James Iglehart, The Four C Notes, Chicago Med’s Jessy Schram, and more.

To contribute, please visit http://nfhope20.givesmart.com.

For any patrons who purchased tickets to Chicago’s 3rd Annual NF Hope Concert, North Central College will be providing a refund of your ticket purchase. If you have questions, please contact us at admin@nfnetwork.org.

Kindest regards,
Jeff Leibow
Co-Founder and Director of Development, NF Hope Concerts

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