Methodist Healthcare
July 28, 2016




Ticket Sales Begin August 5 at 10 a.m. at

The Sarah Cannon Tour connects people facing blood cancer with community resources and support


July 26, SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – Today, Methodist Healthcare System comes together with its partner Sarah Cannon, the global cancer institute of HCA (Hospital Corporation of America), as well as iconic vocalist, Martina McBride and Big Machine Label Group (BMLG) to announce a special concert event. Through the national movement – Band Against Cancer: The Sarah Cannon Tour, Methodist Healthcare System presents Martina McBride & Friends in concert at The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts in San Antonio, on Wednesday, September 21, 2016. Tickets go on sale Friday, August 5, 2016 at 10 a.m. at As the leading voice for the campaign, Martina McBride will headline the concert, with additional performances by Thompson Square, Cassadee Pope and Hudson Moore.


Band Against Cancer connects people facing cancer with community-based resources and support close to home. The movement is activated through The Sarah Cannon Tour concert series, which is also traveling to Dallas, Austin, Denver and Nashville this year. The performance at The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts will feature onsite activations to join the cause and support those fighting cancer, as well as opportunities for cancer patients to share their stories and connect with others fighting in the same journey.


“We are pleased to host the Band Against Cancer concert to unite our community around a critical mission – to promote awareness and offer access to cutting-edge treatments in our community for everyone fighting cancer in South Texas,” said Jaime Wesolowski, president and CEO of Methodist Healthcare System. “It takes a team to fight cancer – a team of physicians, nurses, cancer experts, families and friends all working together to help patients beat this disease – which is why we have established Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute programs throughout Methodist’s family of hospitals. In partnership with our exceptional cancer providers across San Antonio, we have unmatched expertise to transform the way cancer is treated in the community.”


This year, Band Against Cancer has a special focus on people affected by blood cancer, an underserved patient population requiring convenient access to innovative treatment options in their community. Blood cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S. The tour supports Sarah Cannon’s community partners including The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). Communities can further support LLS by joining Sarah Cannon and Methodist Healthcare’s Light The Night Walk team for the annual Light The Night Walk on October 1, 2016. Learn more about LLS and Light The Night at


"I am thrilled to be performing for my fans as well as helping everyone throughout the Sarah Cannon Cancer Network with their Band Against Cancer initiative," said Martina McBride. "The Sarah Cannon Tour is supporting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), which is also so important to me because of the impact LLS makes for countless families in our communities across the country.” 


For patients diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma and other life-threatening diseases, a bone marrow or cord blood transplant may be their best or only hope for a cure. However, 70 percent of patients who need a transplant do not have a fully-matched donor in their family. Patients depend on Be The Match® and its supporters to find a match to save their lives. Through Band Against Cancer, Sarah Cannon and Methodist Healthcare System are proud to partner with Be The Match® to help find more committed and available members of the community who will sign up to save a life. To find out more, visit


Patients facing blood cancer in South Texas can access comprehensive blood cancer services through the Texas Transplant Institute at Methodist Hospital’s stem cell transplant program, a part of the Sarah Cannon Blood Cancer Network, which offers leading-edge treatments, including autologous and allogeneic transplants, and related and unrelated donor transplants.


In addition to the concert events, Martina premiered “Just Around the Corner” from her newly-released RECKLESS album (Nash Icon Records) on the CMT Awards in June. Inspired by the movement, the song serves as the official Band Against Cancer anthem and is a message of hope and strength for those facing cancer. The official music video can be viewed at




About Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute and Methodist Healthcare System             

Sarah Cannon, the global cancer institute of HCA (Hospital Corporation of America), and Methodist Healthcare System, recognized as the most-preferred healthcare provider in South Texas, offer integrated cancer services with convenient access to innovative therapies for those facing cancer in communities throughout the region. Methodist Healthcare’s Cancer Network, a Sarah Cannon partner, includes individualized patient navigation provided by oncology-trained nurses, blood cancer services including stem cell transplantation and clinical trials. Methodist Healthcare System is a part of Sarah Cannon’s global cancer network across the U.S. and UK, providing state-of-the-art cancer care close to home for hundreds of thousands of patients, a number unmatched by any single cancer center. To learn more about Sarah Cannon and Methodist Healthcare’s Cancer Network, visit


About Martina McBride

Multiple Grammy® nominee Martina McBride has sold over 18 million albums to date, which includes 20 Top 10 singles and six #1 hits. On February 26 she released her first single, “Reckless,” the title track from her new album which is now available. Martina has earned more than 15 major music awards, including four wins for Female Vocalist of the Year from the Country Music Association and won three Academy of Country Music for Top Female Vocalist. Martina has been awarded 14 Gold Records. Nine Platinum honors, three Double Platinum Records, and two Triple Platinum Awards. Martina was awarded the Covenant House Beacon of Hope Award and Music Business Association’s prestigious 2015 Harry Chapin Memorial Humanitarian Award for her philanthropic efforts on behalf of domestic violence. Martina will bring her passion for family and music to help Sarah Cannon launch their national Band Against Cancer campaign this year with special concerts in selected markets. Recently, Martina released her first book, Around the Table, a full-color illustrated collection of her favorite recipes, hosting tips, practical menu planning advice, and themed décor inspiration. Martina is signed to the innovative Nash Icon Records, an imprint under the Big Machine Label Group umbrella.


About Big Machine Label Group

Led by Founder, President and CEO Scott Borchetta, the Big Machine Label Group encompasses Big Machine Records, The Valory Music Co., Dot Records, Nash Icon Records and publishing company Big Machine Music. BMLG artists include superstars Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, Reba, Florida Georgia Line, Martina McBride, Hank Williams Jr., Ronnie Dunn, Steven Tyler, Cheap Trick, Jennifer Nettles and Brantley Gilbert; chart-topping acts Thomas Rhett, Justin Moore, Eli Young Band, Maddie & Tae, A Thousand Horses, The Mavericks, Aaron Lewis, The Voice winners Cassadee Pope and Danielle Bradbery; up-and-comers The Cadillac Three, Drake White, Ashley Campbell, Tucker Beathard, Brett Young, Tara Thompson, as well as soundtracks for ABC's "NASHVILLE." Borchetta served as the mentor on American Idol, proudly added Season 14 winner Nick Fradiani and Season 15 champ Trent Harmon to Big Machine Records' roster. BMLG artists have received multiple GRAMMY, CMA, ACM, AMA, CMT, Teen Choice, MTV, Billboard, People's Choice and Brit Awards. Big Machine is the first-ever American label to align with terrestrial radio for performance royalty rights for its artists and is an industry leader in fighting for artist, songwriter, publisher and record company rights. Visit for more information.