Doctors to rock again to fight diabetes

May 15, 2013 9:03:15 AM PDT
When Kenneth Einhorn and Jeremy Jaffe asked some fellow doctor-musicians to get together for a concert, they didn't know the idea would grow so big, so fast.

Friday night, they'll put on just the 3rd annual Rockin' Docs for a Diabetes Cure concert. But this year, it has a new venue (World Cafe Live), and more physician/musicians than ever.

The music starts at 7:30 pm and the concert is open to all ages.

All the profits will benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), the largest charitable funder and advocate of diabetes research worldwide.

Jaffe, who has had type 1 diabetes for more than 20 years, and Einhorn, a fellow doctor at Abington Memorial Hospital, created the concert as a fun way to raise money for diabetes research. Each is a drummer, and each has children with type 1 diabetes.

Their goal was simple - "that no family should ever have to deal with the pain and anxiety in learning a loved one has developed diabetes. And no one should ever have to carry the heavy burden of this disease throughout their lifetime."

It was also a fun way to jam with other musically-inclined medical pros. And that idea has really caught on.

The first year, they started with a few bands, mostly with Abington Memorial doctors.

Last year, Einstein cardiologist Dr. Susie Brown, an accomplished professional singer/songwriter, joined the bill.

This year, Dr. Brown will do a full set, and there will be 2 bands which were both finalists in WMGK's "Rock MD" contest last fall.

They are "Shadow Merchant," with Drs. Sean Reiter and Paul McGinnis representing Aria and Holy Redeemer, and "Blue Bizness' with guitarist Don "Zig" Zeller, who is affiliated with the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

"Shadow Merchant" has a new CD about to be released.

Dr. Barry Wasserman, a pediatric ophthomologist/LASIK surgeon, will perform with Jaffe's band, and there will be doctors from Robert wood Johnson Hamilton and Doylestown Hospital.

Marilyn Russell, from BEN-FM is this year's MC. She has a child with type 1 diabetes.