The SU2C Kate McGarrigle Fund is a new collaborative program from Stand Up To Cancer and the Kate McGarrigle Foundation that aims to provide music therapy resources to cancer patients with a passion for music, as well as much-needed funds for sarcoma research. In the coming months, the program will officially launch and information on how the public can get involved and donate will be made available.
Kate McGarrigle was a Canadian folk music singer-songwriter who wrote and performed as a duo with her sister Anna McGarrigle. She is the mother of singers Rufus Wainwright and Martha Wainwright from her marriage to American singer-songwriter Loudon Wainwright III. When Kate was diagnosed with sarcoma in 2007, it became her mission to combat the disease. Later that same year, she and a handful of friends founded The Kate McGarrigle Fund in Canada. Following Kate’s death in 2010, the family expanded to the United States by founding The Kate McGarrigle Foundation, allowing the family to work specifically on Kate’s musical and artistic legacy while also funding research in the U.S. Recently, The Kate McGarrigle Foundation and The Kate McGarrigle Fund joined SU2C and SU2C Canada, respectively, to further expand their reach and fundraising efforts.
Each year, Rufus Wainwright, Martha Wainwright and several of their well-known musical friends produce Noël Nights, a series of holiday concerts in major North American cities. Proceeds from event ticket sales and special VIP packages will go to the SU2C Kate McGarrigle Fund. Monies raised in Canada will go to music therapy and research in Canada, and monies raised in the U.S. will go to music therapy and research in the U.S. Martha Wainwright will act as Music Director for the SU2C Kate McGarrigle Fund music therapy program.