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Sister Hazel's Lyrics for Life Presents Over $35,000 in College Scholarships

Sister Hazel's Lyrics for Life Partners with Children's Cancer Center and the Minutolo Family in Presenting Over $35,000 in College Scholarships 

Twenty-four young adults who have been diagnosed with cancer or a chronic blood disorder will receive a college scholarship at a drive-up college themed tailgate

Platinum-selling band, Sister Hazel's charity foundation, Lyrics for Life is honored to partner with the Children’s Cancer Center in Tampa, FL and the Minutolo Family in presenting over $35,000 in college scholarships. Twenty-four applicants will be awarded on Thursday, May 28th at a socially-distanced drive-up college themed tailgate. All recipients are young adults who have been diagnosed with cancer or a chronic blood disorder before the age of twenty-one. Ken Block, Sister Hazel front man and the founder of Lyrics for Life, and the Minutolo Family will join the Children’s Cancer Center staff and board members to present each applicant with their scholarship. Ken Block will be presenting one of the top applicants with a $5,000 scholarship, out of his $20,000 donation, in honor of his brother, Jeffery, who lost his battle with cancer at the age of eighteen. 

“We’re so honored to be able to support these incredible young people," expressed Block. "It’s so exciting watching them take their next step forward as they head to college. After navigating and overcoming everything they’ve had to deal with - they are so deserving of all the amazing things that a college experience brings.”

WHEN: Thursday, May 28th, 2020 | 2:00 PM

WHERE: Children’s Cancer Center | 4901 W. Cypress St, Tampa, FL 33607

Lyrics for Life has raised over three million dollars for children's cancer charities around the country including $500,000 donated to Stop Children's Cancer in the band's hometown of Gainesville, FL. They have also benefited other cancer charities around the country including Children's Cancer Center of Tampa, Camp Sunshine in Atlanta, and Lyrics for Life's annual Camp Hazelnut event that creates a playful, safe, uplifting experience for kids and families navigating the overwhelming challenges of a cancer diagnosis. More than 15,000 children under age nineteen will be diagnosed with cancer this year. While survival rates have improved, cancer remains one of the leading causes of death by disease for kids. You can learn more about Lyrics for Life here.


For 45 years, the Children’s Cancer Center has served the local community. With the help of incredible donors and sponsors, the Children’s Cancer Center continues to provide educational, emotional, and financial assistance through over 25 programs to meet the immediate needs of families with children battling cancer or chronic blood disorders. While other organizations are committed to finding a cure for tomorrow, the Children’s Cancer Center is committed to helping the children and their families cope today. Please visit for more information.


Lyrics for Life is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to make a difference in the fight against pediatric cancer. Sister Hazel frontman, Ken Block, and his band mates founded Lyrics for Life in memory of Ken’s younger brother, Jeffrey, who ultimately lost his four-year battle with cancer that started at age 14. The charity unites musicians and celebrities for concert events, auctions, and other fundraising efforts. The monies raised are donated to groups that are working to find a cure, as well as those aiming to enrich the lives of patients and their families. From research to summer camps and family support groups, we are surrounding this disease and conquering it from every angle. Artists participate in many ways, often by donating handwritten lyrics to one of their songs on anything from a simple sheet of paper to a surfboard to some other unique item, which we offer for auction at one of our Lyrics for Life events. Our team of musicians, volunteers, sponsors, and supporters set high goals for the future. We accept the challenge to find new ways of raising money and awareness and to help make each day a little brighter until there is a cure.


Originating from Gainesville, FL, Sister Hazel is comprised of five gifted, seasoned musicians whose well-spring of natural talent has been called "one of the Top 100 Most Influential Independent Performers of the last 15 years" by Performing Songwriter Magazine. Song "All for You," topped the adult alternative charts during the summer of 1997 and the success propelled their album to platinum status.  Since then, the band has become firmly established not only in rock and alternative music, but now in country with four back-to-back Billboard Top Country Albums Chart entries. They have most recently co-produced a cleverly themed EP compilation series entitled “Elements,” that includes a bonus seventh track that continued throughout the series. Living up to their fan-centered reputation, the band was a pioneer in the themed cruise industry by co-founding "The Rock Boat" and annually hosts events like the “Hazelnut Hang,” and "Camp Hazelnut" that focuses on creating unique experiences and interacting with the fans. Sister Hazel has been equally attentive to connecting with their audience through social media having amassed over a million social followers. In addition to the events and touring, the band also gives back with Lyrics for Life. Founded by singer Ken Block, the charity unites musicians and celebrities for concerts and auctions to benefit cancer research and patient-care charities.


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