Issue:         07.26.01 
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Third Eye Blind's Stephan Jenkins Organizes Breast Cancer Benefit

(7/26/01, 6 p.m. ET) -- Third Eye Blind leader Stephan Jenkins has joined forces with Step Up, a non- profit organization that unites female professionals, to assemble for BREATHE, a breast cancer benefit concert. The show, set for October 27 at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles, will feature the Deftones, Crazy Town, Liz Phair, Run-DMC, Third Eye Blind, Nikka Costa, Julia Fordham, Sugar Ray, Pete Yorn, and others. The funds are earmarked for the UCLA Breast Center and the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Breast Cancer Examination Center of Harlem.

Breast cancer is an issue that's near to Jenkins's heart, he told LAUNCH, "My mother is a breast cancer survivor and I had some thoughts about breast cancer and the way that it's sort of presented to the public. I think that what's not realized is this is not just a women's issue. It's a family issue and its one that has impacted me through my own mother suffering."

As to getting the all-star concert together, Jenkins told LAUNCH, "The performers are really mostly people that I know. So this has been about personal contacts rather than a mailing list. And I wrote letters to people that I know and that I've had some involvement with. It's kind of amazing how in the three years that Third Eye Blind has been running how many people we know and how many people we do have friendships with. For example, Deftones. We've known those guys for a long time, and just have a real respect for their music."

-- Darren Davis, New York