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Nashville songwriters to team up in benefit concert for sick Grande Prairie child

Two of Nashville’s most decorated songwriters are teaming up to hold a benefit concert for a very sick Grande Prairie child. Four-year-old Isla Young-Carrigan was diagnosed with childhood leukemia, and the fight has seen her and her family uprooted from the city to continue treatment in Edmonton.

To help give the family a bit of a hand when they need it most, headliners Johnny Bulford and Heidi Raye will be joined by special guests for the show on June 6th at the Douglas J. Cardinal Performing Arts Centre. Organizer Shauna Kolosky says 100 per cent of the money raised from ticket sales will go to the family to spend it on whatever is most pressing.

“A lot of travel costs, a lot of unexpected expenses. The family isn’t necessarily to work up to their previous capacity. It’s really up to the family’s discretion.”

Kolosky says the concert is more than just a night out to raise funds for the family. She believes it’s also a great chance to start the conversation when it comes to childhood illnesses.

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“We hope to sell out and be able to support the family as much as we can, and really, just raise awareness for childhood cancers as there is a really big need in our community right now.”

Johnny Bulford has written #1 tracks for artists such as Lee Brice and Chris Young. Heidi Raye wrote the song “Working on that” by the winner of the Voice, Sundance Head.

Tickets for the concert are $25, which can be picked them up at the Revolution Place box office.

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