The Blackberry Smoke Fund

The purpose of the Blackberry Smoke Fund is to provide funding for CURE’s research initiatives and patient and family support.

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Blackberry Smoke is an iconic Southern rock band from Atlanta, formed in 2001 by Charlie Starr, Paul Jackson, and Smyrna natives Brit and Richard Turner. In December 2009, Brit and Shannon Turner’s only child, Lana, was diagnosed with Stage 4 neuroblastoma, a rare form of cancer that develops from nerve tissue. Only 3 at the time, tumors had taken over 97 percent of her body. On tour in Europe when Shannon called with the terrible news, Brit immediately left the tour and came home to be by Lana and Shannon’s side, where he stayed while Lana bravely fought the disease.

Lana's Story

“My daughter was very sick,” says Brit. “While staying at the hospital, my wife and I watched families come and go. We watched many children die, and those unforgettable moments shattered us both deeply. No matter what horrible situation is thrown at you, someone always has it worse. As a band, we have always performed at charity shows and try to lend a hand anytime we were able to. But it wasn’t until Lana was diagnosed that I felt it from the other side. This was the first time I felt like I was completely helpless and that I couldn’t provide – I didn’t know what to do.”

Thankfully, Lana survived and, today at age 13 is doing great.

“My daughter was very sick,” says Brit. “While staying at the hospital, my wife and I watched families come and go. We watched many children die, and those unforgettable moments shattered us both deeply. No matter what horrible situation is thrown at you, someone always has it worse. As a band, we have always performed at charity shows and try to lend a hand anytime we were able to. But it wasn’t until Lana was diagnosed that I felt it from the other side. This was the first time I felt like I was completely helpless and that I couldn’t provide – I didn’t know what to do.”

Thankfully, Lana survived and, today at age 13 is doing great.

“I learned a lot from this experience,” Brit shares. “Life is 10 percent what is thrown at you and 90 percent how you are able to react. A lot of people are responsible for helping us react. They continue to help by purchasing Blackberry Smoke meet and greet packages. We use that money to donate to research because all children deserve the chance to grow up and live life like Lana is doing.”

Since 2011, Blackberry Smoke has donated more than $400,000 to childhood cancer organizations. The money raised is largely a result of meet and greet packages purchased by fans. The band also hosted the  Blackberry Smoke Ride for CURE in 2019 and plan to make it an annual event.

The Blackberry Smoke Fund in Action

Guitar Giveaway

Make a donation to the Blackberry Smoke Fund to be eligible to win this autographed guitar!

This dreadnought acoustic guitar (Autographed by Blackberry Smoke band members) features a Whitewood body, which brings out lots of mid-range punch. The nato neck adds sustain without losing any strength in tone. The  maple bridge and fingerboard add clarity to each note, and a striking look to the front of the guitar. The RA-90 C-shape neck, 1-2/3″ nut width, and 16″ radius help with intricate fretboard movements when running up and down the 20 frets. The RA-90 also features nickel hardware and covered tuners.

*Drawing to occur on December 31, 2020 at 6pm.

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