NEWS - Sheryl Crow Concert for Drew Lewis Raises $200,000

Sheryl with Drew Lewis and his wife - photo by Aaron Nolan

By: Aaron Nolan

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- After Wednesday night's show, Sheryl Crow has left town, but what she left behind in Springfield will help change lives.

The story of Drew Lewis is one that we've followed closely on KOLR/KOZL. The Springfield businessman was diagnosed with colon cancer last year and a family friend -- Sheryl Crow -- brought music to help his family's financial situation.

The nine-time Grammy winner played for about two hours as more than 2,400 packed the O'Reilly Family Event Center on the Drury University campus.

After it was all said and done, thanks to ticket sales and donations and live auction items, $200,000 was raised for Drew and his fight.

"Just the turn of the year I've got deductibles in two different places that $22,000 I've got to pay -- regardless," said Lewis. "It's amazing just how quickly things add up, but this will make a significant difference."

"We all know what the insurance situation is in this country right now and so I'm here doing what I can," said Crow.

The night also focused on prevention. Both Lewis and Crow are passionate about getting checked for cancer early in life.

Talking about those live auction items, Sheryl gave away one of her guitars. She added in dinner and backstage passes to an upcoming show. That prize pack went for $34,000.

The Lewis family is set to fly to Nashville and stay with Sheryl next week for further medical treatments.



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