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Tuning into cancer

Skate4Cancer raises funds and awareness at Punk Night

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It’s Punk Night with a cause Friday, June 8 at Garfinkel’s, a bit of a funny one, but educational just the same.

Rob Dyer, founder of Skate4Cancer, explained band members would demonstrate how to examine a breast in between music sets.

No, not the usual gawking that takes place in a bar, but how to conduct a proper breast examination for cancer.

“Guys will be doing it, so it doesn’t offend anyone, and girls can learn how to do it properly,” Dyer said. “We are trying to make people aware of what is going on and the steps they can take to help prevent it.”

The music event, touting a punk lineup of Rio Bent, Mugshot and Matthew Johnston, will raise funds for cancer as well as awareness of the disease.

Dyer, who lost friends and family to cancer, including his mother and grandmother, took up the cancer education torch three years ago. He skateboarded across Canada and the U.S. raising money and awareness about the disease, visiting schools and hospitals. Concerts have worked their way into the skateboarding mix, furthering the cause.

The evening will kick off at the skateboard park then move over to Garfinkel’s.

Admission to this special Punk Night is by donation.

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