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Sheryl Crow Helps Raises $200K for Cancer-Stricken Family Friend

Image courtesy of Paul Warner/Getty Images (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Paul Warner/Getty Images (via ABC News Radio)

Sheryl Crow devoted her musical talents to a good cause this past week, staging a benefit concert in Springfield, Missouri for Drew Lewis , a family friend who was diagnosed with colon cancer last year.

According to OzarksFirst.com , the concert, held on April 10, brought in $200,000 from ticket sales, donations and live auction items.  In addition to performing, Sheryl also raised $34,000 by auctioning off a package that included a guitar, dinner and backstage passes to one of her upcoming shows.

For Sheryl, a breast cancer survivor, the issue is personal.  "We all know what the insurance situation is in this country right now and so I'm here doing what I can," she said.  Lewis told OzarksFirst.com that he currently owes over twenty thousand dollars in insurance deductibles alone.  "It's amazing just how quickly things add up, but this will make a significant difference," he said.

This coming week, Lewis and his family will be in Nashville for medical treatments; they'll stay with Sheryl at her Tennessee home during that time.

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