Rhett Miller of the Old 97's recently hosted the 9th Annual Cystic Fibrosis Breathe Easy concert series benefit show in Dallas, TX. The event is held in November each year to raise awareness and donations for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. CF is a condition that affects 30,000 people in the U.S., while an additional 10 million Americans carry the Cystic Fibrosis gene.
Miller has hosted every edition of the Cystic Fibrosis Concert Series, which has raised over $130,000 for CF research in its first eight years. Also playing on this year’s bill were Prophets and Outlaws, The O's, Evan Felker of Turnpike Troubadours, and Erik Chandler of Bowling for Soup. Filling the role of emcee each year is Gordon Keith of SportsRadio 1310 The Ticket.
The event got its start when Rhett and his brother Ross discovered that a friend’s wife was suffering from Cystic Fibrosis, and they wanted to do something about it. Dedicating his time and using his influence was a no brainer for Miller, as he says, “I feel like without service life doesn’t really have a lot of meaning.”
Commenting on meeting Cystic Fibrosis supporters during the pre-show meet and greet each year, Rhett said, “A lot of times they’re the ones that have loved ones with CF or the ones whose lives are most affected by CF. And getting to see them and see just how happy they are and how excited they are to be a part of something that’s positive. That’s my favorite part of it.” He continued, “I love hanging out with the musicians backstage and I love playing music and I love doing goofy stuff with Gordon, but the best part is meeting the people who really are the most affected by it.”
For more information about how to get involved, visit the CFF website at http://netx.cff.org.