Tuesday, February 07 2012 13:24

RIFF ROCKIT to "Rock the Cure" for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

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RIFF ROCKIT released his self-titled debut album last month, bestowing his conceptual form of ''kindie rock'' upon the little ones far and wide. As the music was hitting the market, Rockit's real-life alter-ego EVAN MICHAEL  was finalizing plans for something even more important - a run at raising funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  Michael was first diagnosed with an extremely aggressive form of Leukemia (AML) just 15 years ago, and fortunately he's been cancer-free for 11 years after ''initially undergoing chemotherapy, two years of remission, a full disease relapse in 2000, and receiving the allogenic bone marrow transplant that finally saved his life.''

"I know that without the researchers and scientists, people like me would not be here to share their stories with you today," says Evan. "Research is a huge reason why I am alive today and have a third chance at reaching my goals. Sadly though, I have had friends who have not been so lucky. I often wonder if modern medicine will ever reach a point where if one those same people were to acquire the same illness today, they would have a chance of conquering it. The only way for our scientists and medical community to accomplish that goal is to keep researching for a cure."

Evan has signed on as team "Rock the Cure" to compete to raise funds for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in their annual Man and Woman of the Year competition. Candidates from around the nation compete to raise as much money as possible in a 10-week period, which begins on February 16 and ends on April 28. Go to http://los.mwoy.llsevent.org/emichael to find out more about how to make a donation.

He seeks to raise over $100,000 to assist in funding blood cancer research, financial assistance to cover patient expenses for transportation, medication, and testing; free educational materials and events for patients and their families, local programs such as Family Support Groups and First Connection, a peer-to-peer counseling program, and comprehensive, personalized assistance through the organization's Information Resource Center

For more information on The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Man & Woman Of The Year, go to http://www.mwoy.org/.

For more on Riff Rockit: http://riffrockit.com/ 

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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