Love grows: ‘Cancer Can’t Kill Love’ benefit beats records

A good cause: The Cancer Can’t Kill Love Benefit Concert at The Leif Bar on Aug. 27 was a platform for local bands to share the stage with the common goal of raising funds to beat cancer.
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Bay Ridgites really know how to look out for their own.

Locals raised more than $13,000 for cancer research at the fourth-annual Cancer Can’t Kill Love Benefit Concert at Leif Bar on Aug. 27. Ridgite Meaghan McGoldrick hosts the annual event in honor of her mother and father — who died of leukemia and lung cancer respectively — and this year’s show broke all previoius records, she said.

“It was the best one yet,” said McGoldrick. “It was very well attended, and I think everyone had a good time coming together for a good cause.”

The benefit raised $13,000 for the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center last year, and this go-’round, organizers received even more — and donations are still coming in, McGoldrick said.

About 300 attendees grooved to the beats of seven bands that came from near and far to celebrate the memory of McGoldrick’s parents.

Brooklyn’s own Stoop Kids, Our Finest Hour, August on Sunday, and royGbiv had the shortest trips there, but other groups trekked from Massachusetts, Long Island, and upstate-New York to share the stage and put the spotlight on cancer research.

The event also featured raffles for big-ticket items such as Mets and Yankees tickets, $100 off a tattoo at 87th Street’s Brooklyn Ink tattoo parlor, and gift cards to local bars and restaurants. Next year’s benefit concert is likely to swell with more musical groups and goodies, said McGoldrick.

“It’s just getting bigger and better,” she said.

Reach reporter Caroline Spivack at or by calling (718) 260–2517. Follow her on Twitter @carolinespivack.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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