Brad Besler

Brad Besler

Concert raises money for diabetes foundation

A concert and silent auction next month will raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

A concert and silent auction next month will raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

The concert will feature the talent of at least three performers.

The River Line, led by John Rousseau, will be the feature presentation. The music is a mix of jazz and rock.

Besler, who goes under the stage name of Bezla, is from Faulder and performs rap.

A Grade 11 student who goes by the stage name of Trewth will perform hip-hop music.

In addition, Besler hopes to bring a comedian to the stage, but this entertainer has not yet been confirmed.

The diabetes fundraiser is important to Besler because a family member is living with juvenile diabetes.

“I’ve always wanted to give back and do something about it,” he said.

“Throughout the process of organizing this concert, I have met other people from Summerland with Type 1 diabetes and have been inspired by their stories.”

Juvenile diabetes, or Type 1 diabetes, is a condition which occurs when the pancreas no longer produces insulin, a hormone that helps move sugar or glucose into the body’s tissues.

Those who have Type 1 diabetes must take insulin for life in order to control the condition.

The more serious effects of diabetes may include kidney failure, blindness, nerve damage, amputations, heart attack, stroke and pregnancy complications.

The fundraising concert and silent auction will be held on March 12 at Centre Stage Theatre. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the concert runs from 7 to 9 p.m.

Tickets are available at The Beanery and Prima Pizza.

Information about the concert can also be found at facebook.com/summerlandconcert.