Cancer Survivor Shares Challenges and Triumphs in Music and on Screen

March 03, 2010
Lebanon, NH

Film: Dead Girl Walking

Friday, March 26, 2010
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Auditorium E
Norris Cotton Cancer Center
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

Admission is free. For more information: (603) 650-7751, or

As part of her upcoming tour of the Northeast, musician Marcy Brenner will visit Norris Cotton Cancer Center to screen a documentary about her battle to survive breast cancer, and to perform her song that inspired the movie.

At the Cancer Center on Friday, March 26, Brenner and her husband Lou Castro will show the 45-minute Dead Girl Walking, play the song of the same title, and answer questions in Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center's Auditorium E, from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Admission is free.

In 1997, doctors diagnosed the then-34-year-old Brenner with breast cancer - the same year her mother died of ovarian cancer. In 2000, after feeling an ache in her bones, Brenner underwent tests that revealed advanced metastatic breast cancer in her spine and hips and a lymph node in her chest.

"Since that day," Brenner says, "it has been my life's work to offer a hand in the darkness of a cancer diagnosis."

Photo by Adrian Legg

Photo by Adrian Legg

Over the ensuing decade, Brenner has continued to write and perform music - with her husband as the duo Coyote, and with Molasses Creek - to co-run the Deepwater Theater Music Hall on North Carolina's Ocracoke Island, and to share her story. She released the song "Dead Girl Walking" on the Coyote CD Home to Me in 2005. West Virginia filmmakers Ray and Judy Schmitt of Real Earth Productions documented Brenner's journey, unveiling the movie in 2008.

Brenner's swing through northern New England will begin at 8:00 p.m. on March 23, with a full Molasses Creek concert at the Langdon Street Café in Montpelier, VT.

On March 24 at 6:00 p.m., Brenner and Castro will visit Gifford Medical Center in Randolph, VT, to screen the film and perform in the conference center. While admission is free, the audience will be asked for donations to the Woman-to-Woman Fund, which supports breast-cancer screening service for low-income women. Details are available by calling (802) 728-2284.

On March 25 at 7:00 p.m., Brenner, Castro, and Molasses Creek will perform a full concert at the 7 Stars Center of the Vermont Independent School for the Arts in Sharon. Additional information is available at (802) 234-6987 and at

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