Reporting Esme Murphy
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A young Minnesota hip hop artist is holding a concert to benefit ovarian cancer Thursday night.
Nicky May, 19, said 10 percent of proceeds from the event at Hell’s Kitchen in downtown Minneapolis will go directly to the Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance or MOCA.
May said he will use the rest of the proceeds to produce an album, and sales from that album will go directly to the ovarian cancer alliance.
May said his mother, who is now 46 and an ovarian cancer survivor, was initially misdiagnosed.
That is a very common problem with ovarian cancer, and one of the reasons it is so often deadly. His mother is now doing well, but a misdiagnosis is common because the symptoms can be overlooked. They are things like bloating, abdominal pain, having difficulty eating and urinary symptoms.
At MOCA, there’s a lot of excitement about May’s campaign.
“We are really excited that Nicky is reaching a younger audience that we may not be able to reach,” said Becky Lechner with MOCA. “Hopefully they can spread the word and tell their mothers and friends and families.”
Through his music, May is convinced he can spread the word.
“I really want to get a younger audience involved in giving back that might not understand or pay attention as often,” May said.
While ovarian cancer usually strikes women at about age 45, it can also strike much earlier.
Thursday night’s concert will be at 10 p.m. at Hell’s Kitchen. May said he expects to roll out his new album in May.