Albany -- Chances are someone you know has been affected by cancer. The American Cancer Society is promoting awareness on the importance of early detection.
Students at Albany State University are using a creative method to spread the message on campus. ASU is welcoming a traveling music band including rappers, singers, and poets. They're using hip hop to translate an important message to students in a language they know well.
The tour is called Afro-flow, which means "flowing from Africa." They're using the sounds of hip hop music, without violence or profanity, to promote cancer awareness. Fifteen student groups are walking to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Money raised will help the organization spread its message and provide scholarships to students here who are cancer survivors.
Mike-E, who's headlining the concert, says music is a powerful tool to reach the masses. "A lot of talk about the negativity of music so we wanted to use music as a positive force and show people the real spirit of hip hop in a positive way, as I call it Afro-flow and show how it can be used to communicate uplifting and important messages."
Mike-E is traveling schools across the country to reach students. This is the first year ASU has held a music concert in conjunction with its Relay for Life program.
This event will last all night long. In fact, it wont wrap up until 5:00 Saturday morning. There will be sport events, music, a vigil ceremony for lives lost, and of course walking in support of this very serious cause. Last year students at ASU raised $10,000 for the Cancer Society. This year, they hope to raise $12,000.