They're playing for Cora's sake

Several local musicians and bands will perform Saturday to help 2-year-old Cora Kay Tucker, who was diagnosed with cancer this spring. Proceeds from the show by Jon Lindsay, South 85, the Aqualads, Hardcore Lounge, Garrigan, Old Milwaukee and the Situationals will help the Tucker family offset medical and travel expenses incurred during Cora's treatment. Her mother, Candice, is lead singer for the Situationals.

During a checkup in March, Cora's pediatrician discovered a mass.

"By the end of the week, we knew it was cancer," says Candice Tucker, calling from New York's Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, where her daughter underwent surgery to remove the mass last week.

Cora was diagnosed with neuroblastoma Stage IV, a form of childhood cancer, and has since endured six rounds of chemo.

"The surgery was a success," Tucker reported Wednesday. "(The surgeon) got everything out. We couldn't be more happy. Cora has flown through recovery. They discharged us yesterday."

Jon Lindsay, who tours nationally, says band member Kyle Dussault, a friend of the Tucker family, volunteered his band for the benefit.

"I was 200 percent on board with it for all the obvious reasons - help out friends, cancer sucks, good times," says Lindsay, who was at home finishing his new record.

Chris Johnson of Hardcore Lounge, who met the Situationals in December, says the story hit close to home for him.

"When they contacted me, I said I would love to help out. Both of my parents are cancer survivors. My mother had breast cancer and my father had prostate cancer. Incredibly, they are still alive today," he says. "Cancer doesn't discriminate. It was so sad to hear about a little girl being sick."

Tucker's musician friends plan to celebrate Cora, whose favorite things include painting, blowing bubbles, cats, "Yo Gabba Gabba" and Mike Myers' "Cat in the Hat," with a raffle, auction, food and live music.

"I may or may not be there," says Candice Tucker, whose participation is dependent on her daughter's condition.

Cora's treatment is far from over, but her mom is optimistic. "She's only 2 and her treatment plan is so intense. I like that, though," she says. "You don't have a chance to breathe. I feel like we're being proactive."