Cat’s Cradle is hosting the Be Loud! Carolina event again this year on Friday, Feb. 2.
Be Loud! Carolina is an event put on by Carolina Creates Music for the Be Loud! Sophie Foundation. There will be several local bands playing the benefit concert, with all proceeds going to the foundation.
Through their efforts, the members of the Be Loud! Sophie Foundation have been working toward addressing the needs of adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer patients. The foundation was inspired by Sophie Steiner, the middle daughter of Niklaus and Lucy Steiner, who founded the programs in honor of their daughter’s request “to help young cancer patients stay true to their authentic selves in the face of overwhelming illness.”
Sophie was diagnosed in 2012 with germ-cell cancer at age 14. During her stay at UNC Hospitals, she noticed the disparity in care between children, adults and those her age — the AYA age group. After she lost her battle in 2013, her family established the foundation to continue working toward Sophie’s goal of bettering the care AYA cancer patients receive.
Because of the Steiner family’s ties with UNC, they wanted the Be Loud! Sophie Foundation to resonate with the community who helped them so much during their time of struggle. Thus, the Be Loud! Carolina event was initiated.