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'Rock Against Cancer' a Smash Hit with Audiences

Eastchester High School students channeled their inner rock stars last week, as the Eastchester Government Organization’s annual "Rock Against Cancer” afforded teens the opportunity to take the stage and dazzle a crowd of classmates while raising money for a good cause. 


This year’s “Rock Against Cancer,” held on March 15, showcased a number of unique acts, as singers, dancers, student bands and a few faculty surprises delighted the fans who packed the auditorium for the 25th annual iteration of the event.


EGO President Ryan Reilly explained that student government members worked tirelessly to get ready for Friday’s show, recruiting talented classmates to perform, advertising within the school and encouraging community members to donate to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Research Center, which is the beneficiary of all money raised from the event. 


With donations still coming in, “Rock Against Cancer” has raised more than $3,000 dollars to date.


“It took a lot of time and preparation to put everything together; we started before December, looking ahead, trying to get bands and all that preparation really paid off,” said Reilly. “We set the bar pretty high, and we still managed to outdo last year.”


In addition to his work behind the scenes, Reilly—like several of his fellow EGO members—also took the stage to perform a few songs, doing renditions of John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads” and the Beastie Boys’ “No Sleep Till Brooklyn” with a group of friends. As a member of the audience, he cited Physics Teacher Ed Gruber’s drumming and an explosive set from the band Kepler-23 as highlights, but he noted that the thrill of performing for his classmates at the long-running event was a special one that will stay with him for quite a while.


“The energy you get from everyone when you get up there is really awesome,” said Reilly. “The entire experience is really amazing.”


Click on image below to watch the 2024 EGO Rock Against Cancer!