Legendary rocker Sammy Hagar has delivered a check for $100,000 to the Pediatric Cancer Program at the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital in San Francisco. The money was raised in May at Hagar's Acoustic-4-A-Cure concert at the Fillmore in San Francisco. He was joined at the show by John Mayer, James Hetfield from METALLICA, Tommy Lee from MÖTLEY CRÜE, Joe Satriani, Pat Monahan from TRAIN, and Melissa Etheridge.
Sammy tells The Pulse Of Radio: "This lady is building immune systems through diet and through vitamin therapy and stuff that are extending their lives. Because these children have strong immune systems if she could just get it back going again. And she's squeezing 10, 12, 14 years out of some children and so I'm supporting her. And how I'm supporting her is I get her $100,000 a year for two assistants so that she could spend more time in the lab and less time doing interviews and filling out paperwork. Just to put money into cancer research there's so much money going into cancer research and it's a tough one. This lady I think has got a handle on something and I want to give her a good shot at it."
During an interview with the Marin Independent Journal, Hagar credited Neil Young's long-running Bridge School benefit series with inspiring him to launch his own charity concert, Hagar also explained why Acoustic-4-A-Cure tends to feature mostly local talent as opposed to big-name musicians from other parts of the country and the world.
"We want to keep expenses down," he pointed out. "You can't fly people in from other towns and put them up in big suites. Half of the people on this show live pretty high, and you can't lowball them."