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Breast Cancer Awareness

Mar 9, 2012|

Iris Harrison discusses awareness of women’s cancer causes with Dr. Will Winter, the guitarist for N.E.D.(No Evidence of Disease), as well as their upcoming album and benefit concert.

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You're listening to mattress -- a series of interviews with people of interest in northwest Oregon and southwest Washington. I'm your host and Douglas and release I normally in your house but today I got a special guest just coming in iris Harrison. Portland radio legend she's gonna do an interview here for -- Cyrus go -- take it away. Hi I'm -- -- and with me on the phone is doctor will winter. We guitar player for us in ED no evidence of disease. And also a surgeon and gynecological oncologist. With compass oncology the northwest cancer specialists. Well Gloria thanks for joining just -- MI. So I'll tell everybody what it is that any. Terror is a nut -- Khamenei. With our patients when they are essentially in. Complete clinical remission and hopefully long term care so -- can imagine those words are. Wonderful things for patients being here and so we wanted to embody that has. Positioned to our kids are surgeons. And to name for a -- and why we did dead just because there's. -- C primary mission ever band and that is to raise awareness of women's cancers the and and original and just behind the ban was actually. Something get done. Came about a one of our professional our society meetings where one mile procession from fellowship. And -- who also in your drummer. Basically -- Swiss putting together a cover band to play about two hours of music and again this year at all familiar music and abandoned. Bands that rehearse. We had 36 hours to rehearse. Twenty songs that we basically are kind of agreed upon over the phone and really. None of us really knew each other that well that point either and we get together and pulled it -- and actually came off fairly well and Delaware aspect -- another medical conference and that's when our. Drummer got this. Great idea to. To form he had. The hander early to continue on as a band the playing original music which the idea. Using music as a medium to put forth some awareness. Scott ecology changes are soft and gynecological cancers as you well know are overshadowed by you know -- they can't just not the least of which is breast cancer and then breast cancer awareness is extremely important but. Sometimes the other gynecology cancer is sort of taken a backseat to that and they are also very important -- -- we want to -- It literally and figuratively makes -- noise and good noise to during the in this -- interest people's attention just went along and go in breast cancer we'll look at this subject at hand. And it -- you grassroots efforts which have now you know grown into much greater and and much. Not being much more successful. And groups. And that education groups and that patients and physicians to we wanna do this change things for -- -- -- cancers and so that's what we are ecstatic logic -- oncologists to our. Strap it on insurance and home drum sticks and -- my -- and and Mickens and sweet music. Absolutely and I love it because. And one of the things about your very first CD which is -- you know I -- how many songs -- on that six. Just. That was actually. Let me think about that actually got -- I can't remember. Six songs basically anyway auction but one of the things I loved about it was the liner notes because it it -- -- specifically. Well women should look for in terms of gynecological cancer. I was. A patient. I I now have cleared -- years yes it goes spike in the -- all I DA. Anyway and and one of the the things it was so touched me was absolutely. I knew I knew what I was looking for I knew what was happening to me but I wondered how many women didn't know this well then I found out that. One in my co workers here worked didn't know when when she told me her symptoms I said boy you better have that looked -- and she's -- your patients. There's also a woman I talked to yesterday do we really get the hospital visiting a friend. And she started talking to -- as women do about different things and not the subject came up and I said boy you better go and make an appointment blank right now for self. It's amazing you know one of the comments that. Pretty much all my patients may -- and again when they -- and then -- you know either hopefully get caught -- Lauren and you know unfortunate cases -- you know call late but no you know really felt -- any idea the medical community issues it is -- you know take a long time to even get noticed -- much to get noticed they're advanced. I have so many patients to basically come to me after guilt or racially Mimi. And Atlantic I had no idea about this and and I wanted to tradition as I told people to work her you know it's jam more you know their friends their family all of a sudden people come out of -- -- -- -- -- I had that you know I I I -- you know I have had disc or. I'm having this same symptoms and then which you realize just. Did Bob -- talking about does that mean. Now it is a -- and and you know I'll be honest with you because -- and I'm giving away tickets this week to this marvelous show at the Aladdin theater and marched it down. And it is kind of interesting because. I -- you know I'm just say it didn't -- what it is and what I had and quiet and behind it all and the fact that you guys Iraq you know there's there's they absolutely real art the reason I'm going to the show. But the thing is it it it it is very interesting because you have everybody talking really can say about breast cancer that's not didn't taboo subject by the any. Means anymore but this sort of still is not really talked about that much right and it needs to be discussed I mean there's so many things. You know for men prostate cancer is pretty well bandied about these days and people know you know to go look and about a process -- well Mary -- there it is and also you know that. So many different ones you know I had -- and colonoscopy is are no longer taboo subjects okay. Let's talk about this but people did this out there does is great. And what I love is that sang gynecological cancer now. You know we don't have a runner we don't have that but we do have a rock bands. Call we talked about that that's one of our favorite phrases and it kind of came about actually from the first Portland showed a sort of -- tongue in cheap -- you know. Sort of flat little joust that I have I actually work with -- with a number of fantastic oncologist. Good number -- you actually do you treat breast cancer primarily self. That's all can't balance a little -- -- benefit dinner and I and I look at her one of my colleagues didn't sit well you know. Breast cancer may have a pink ribbon. But gynecology cancer as Iraq and yeah I thought just pretty cool exterior given a pink ribbon you know you see so much -- nowadays it's in almost this is becomes somewhat of a turn -- hopefully our musical patriarch also in which you know it's one of those things in addition to unique way to raise awareness and it's not only unique content and serves a purpose but -- it's fun. Well any other thing is you know a lot of people say no this is a -- a woman's issue that excuse me you know people have sisters -- mothers. Wives daughters. And so it's gonna affect everybody at some point in time cancer touches somebody's life I don't care where it is it's gonna it's gonna affect you. Well that's been and actually it's really kicking in saying that because that is almost -- that's one of the biggest things behind the Tyler britney's secure CP six degrees is that based on -- Some people think it means -- decrease because we all the success that I can keep -- name. But that should. I mean the actual meeting her little pop behind it was six degrees of separation which you're familiar what is basically. You know between you know six -- you know -- one. And in the world. -- and 26 Linksys you know it's -- somebody and you know. But the whole idea is that no one's life is left untouched by a women's cancer or so you know someone. Everyone knows someone had a gynecological cancer I don't care who you are -- -- have a love for those people to tell. That has been -- care for and sons and fathers that we can help take care of I would look for them two to be here there response. To he had a statement that decision to woman's problems. And not brochure actual wanna be too close outsider -- -- back got just a bit. It could be your disc jockey on the radio in -- Certificate authority to -- to record dad's worried it's her record anymore so now. On now -- It's digital baby -- digital. And you should know that because now NED has released it like you said their second on CD and that six degrees all original tunes incredible my. -- what I know and drop songs because it took a -- -- -- We thought we were waiting for Chinese democracy for my and the roses did anyway. Yeah that's. -- yeah. I just love it and I love it that you're all writers. Basically in the band you know in one way or another there's snort you know summer more -- some more of the music writers. But Iran it everybody writes from the heart -- I think that's outstanding. The work you're doing the air musically. I mean up outside of what you're doing -- you know knee heal the world so. -- -- And -- where you know we often do we have to say we want to be known as. A band you happen to be doctors not as doctors to happen have a band we're not. We don't want to be that flash that and novelty act to mean this is something that we really believe in and we would like to it continue to to do and and and grow bigger their grassroots effort I mean you where have in the same kind of growing pains in and and issues they had a regular panel would have and even -- -- you know because it's kind of hard to you -- play under which we don't play ownership here obviously. You know of work and bands you know split about ownership is a year. Madison that kind of prevents us from discount bag you know -- -- didn't you know. -- -- -- -- -- Think yeah -- helped -- you know we -- the same thing we had some critics who loves the Al millions and critics you don't like Seattle I mean you know. It's one of those things where we were quickly growing up in the world of music and and we're kind of doing this is almost like. -- -- Accelerated version because we're such. A unique approach to the music business. Wait yeah absolutely you have people who believe. Not only in your cause but also in your music and that that's so important they weren't that take a moment here and play one of the -- from six degrees and do you want me to play. All of my favorites tonight Ed do you like consider one's got a little you know at all unique count still one of money you -- my favorite -- kind of a rocker of the band is never mind whatever that song actually senate and our. Lead vocalist whenever early vocalist John by -- and told -- I'm just -- noticed I'm really it's got sort of an anchor type she'll do it just sort of rapid fire kinda. Come -- -- these are all the feelings today if I it's I've got to swirl it around in my head and that was sort of says problems at behind the music and then John. Interpret that leaner cleaner -- in the process. Are really fantastic song. Excellent so from six degrees here's nevermind. From any -- no evidence of disease. That's never mind from six degrees and no evidence of disease NED the band will be performing at the Aladdin theater on March the tenth. And also there's certain of ocean on March 11. Where you're gonna have the video dancing with any. Do your music dance the night before the rocking out is the night before at the Aladdin but this is a completely different thing in that it's to raise funds. Also in conjunction with Margie is fund who has been a strong supporter of the and from the very very beginning. Some of them and I have made us astray there. And tell us how that all started -- Margie -- started. You're sort of chewed the tackler Maxwell who is a guy who originally kind of brought us together with the I guess that's forming a band of and the government in first place also. Is very. Big and cute -- stroke cancer research analyst part of media. Only patient. Of course. In an initial cancer and this is handling. Kelly and as a clerk Margie is their mother. And they're probably carry all -- despondent. As -- who has one of my partners -- Died city where uterine cancer cache just before I got to Portland. And wanted to Q and as we've been talking about wanted to raise more awareness of this because you know what to Wear it again the whole idea that deadly cancers. You know are getting more notoriety or at least be no more attention and that attention -- I'm just you know support -- support comes money for research. So the first step is always awareness and education and so that's what they really set out to do. Margie was an artist and -- musician and and a very good and it don't suggest. And Kelly and her brother Kirk actually were. Any patient conference. Heard layers deacon in his -- DC has taken the sheer crush and afterward and does that many Latino we wanna get involved -- get involved you know we've got -- -- at least started and there's money. That we wanted to know. What we can do that this money in the -- head. Been discussing the -- we're just getting into -- the whole idea of recording music and you know I hadn't really even starting off the ground and you can imagine you know hobby as you know piano music creating a record or CD is not a cheap project based upon you know sort of remission we were basically trying to raise money to have. Take it did so a musical awareness medium -- he said look I've got this great opportunity and it sounds like you know one of the band members' lives in your city just happened sit. Will winners from -- as well port on target. Later realized that it actually from like us we go to that Kelly actually it's about two minutes from my house. And so when do Italian you know got together on a -- it was really funny Italy in order immediately able to. Join up didn't make it to make a really long sword is suspect and of those 2008. Totally -- when we had. Have formed just a fantastic relationship. You know not only has -- signed an any key -- has become really good friends as well and obviously have a lot. Very similar goals and the things that we do and so without -- he's -- -- disband its lid to. Certainly would not. You have second album you know they've really been -- fantastic support. For us as well natural and it was cancer there was had a clutch -- seriously started -- actually is eighteen current or endometrial cancer awareness to realize quickly that ovarian -- aren't. And cervical cancer urged that. Not a women's cancers needed attention as well did not just enemy troops cancer which is actually the most common. Gynecology cancer we have been working together right now we are the awareness campaign as the band and our goal and our mission is to grow ourselves and -- something much larger where we can start basically sharing that successful people and really getting out there to sponsor her more education and awareness programs. And you know we have to start somewhere we're trying to start -- for the grassroots effort -- You know go larger from there I mean against his incumbents. I had to start somewhere that's right. You know look where that is now it to the point now they're actually. They're so famous they actually you get in trouble or put this. Yeah we we don't it was too famous and. And that's that's not our goal our goal is to make women's cancer awareness and it's not us. There was a video company that became interested in the caused and the band. And they were here last year when you did the show at the Aladdin and they filmed that shell. I believe -- minutes her short minutes after. And it's called dancing with any. Yeah so strangely enough finances come -- get it's gonna tell us another surprise but doctor Maxwell it's all -- yeah. Material and really getting that connection go on its. -- Maxwell's in DC in the met Andrea I Kalin can do this -- producer. An award winning producer actually doesn't really wonderful work actually -- Iran suspend -- scene and really enjoyed if you production and respect for Asians met her. And and her group spark media. I guess it was in November 2009 -- our Portland show our first major show we we played at kind of -- cancer awareness movement and Andrea wanted you to meet with us because she heard about just through Larry and so it just sounds like something we really. Can get behind and support and would love to make a documentary about this and so she met with us. Saturday morning and we had a great conversation and date merely realized that you know there's a lot of energy in this group. There's a lot. A post personalities in this. But. As Kelly Marty's son people often say it's like you know we like you guys because we know the failure not an option and I. Think your personality so you know we we met up -- again make another long story short what they have been Shelvin this -- now. Two to three years now now are getting footage from. It. Editors can't surged culmination of which was last year and at the Aladdin theater in January of 2011 just fantastic -- You know throughout our. Daily practices say it's. They've had visited each of us and are different our respective cities and filmed this with patience on this. An -- experience. The subject of a documentary. Which you know. Almost a reality show well it's clear yeah -- I can just see here going wait a minute what's his camera still doing your new. Very very strange a mom I'm I'm halfway excited half way. Triton and let's what they're gonna come up blitzes than the previous you know they've done a great job with their previously can see in my line. On the web -- Debbie Debbie Debbie got dancing with NET dot com so -- 98 actually completed all the filming and you know -- split helmet maintenance filming at the Kennedy production and editing. Also has that I should probably the largest expense and so there -- they're working on getting a large donors but. They had attacked to complete the project in the production. They've got a really good response there are going to be institutional trust holes and so anyway that they are going to have a twenty minute preview and that our benefit dinner on Sunday night petitioning that are starts at 6 PM. As I understand it although I'm not positive they're actually going to generate around keep Portland aspect of it and certainly the Aladdin gig and then I. Look at it my practice and again like I said. Kind of like past terrorist. I started about it but that's -- yeah. -- think about it a good Doug go on in you know it's documentary thank next year the Oscars -- you can never double. How do one of those people that there has -- and setting. I'd like my usual so -- And talking Dino and it's English finishing his mark in March is front also carried instrumental and working with them and that's where some of their donations also go to new. The whole idea is that this is -- in a march -- on sparked media and any deer are all sort of the symbiotic relationship where success so one. -- sexist success of the other because of the fact that we're just sixteen lead actress -- can't get out there to work like -- normal bandwidth you know we have to have other things that will get us out there and so that's what they're really look and forests. A few of our patients. Over a long period of time as -- quite frankly from my standpoint seeing us as one thinks in the patience is. Another thing entirely and it's it's moving. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Wealth but from Amarillo Texas when this whole thing started now he lives in New Orleans, Louisiana which was our ministry -- -- this past January. And there are little -- from Lake Oswego Oregon. I thought I. A little low you all. It's -- On the one they really have to control everyone else's fairly normal on sort of the. Very very exciting things are happening in the world of any. -- can never our web pages www. NED it's a band at all on board any decent bands dot com. Dare you can also get samples of music and and also all those wonderful liner notes. That were on the very first album are available there are so women people who anybody can go and look and say. Oh yeah out there it is there's my a my symptoms and you know just it might not be anything but it's certainly worth taking another look at. -- -- -- -- Never gets out well anyway. But you know the beautiful part is they find it early enough and you have a story like mine in and it's a wonderful story and it was a journey I took and Dan I think I've figured. You know when you're going through an end and people are inclined to say. Q why did this happen to me well guess what you know it happens to a lot of people and like John Lennon said why I mean why not -- and for me I think it was to meet all of you folks and to get the word out. Right there's a purpose kind everything. And I have no doubt in my mind that this is part of my journey and part of what I was supposed to do. That's right and you don't know how much we appreciate that. Well well I think he's so much we're gonna go out -- another songs from six degrees would have picked one. Sure actually my. That might lead singer wrote this one -- this -- is one of my favorite son there access fabulous song kind of starts off builds nicely and it's and it's a great -- Any. I love it like a month FaceBook. And read all the materially possibly can on these people and also by the CD you can do that is well for mere website and in iTunes -- golf will thank you so much for your time. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --