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ACMA hosts 'Marilyn's Voice' benefit concert

by: Submitted photo Beaverton's own Shoshana Bean is one of the headline performers at Saturday's benefit concert.

Tickets are still available for an evening of extraordinary music in the Performing Arts Center at Beaverton's Arts and Communication Magnet Academy on Saturday to benefit a Portland woman battling thyroid cancer.

Singer Shoshana Bean, guitarist Todd Haaby and local jazz favorite Tom Grant will headline 'Marilyn's Voice,' a benefit for Marilyn Kirvin, a counselor and single Portland mother of two whose battle with thyroid cancer has inspired friends.

The concert and silent auction begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets start at $35 and can be purchased at www.marilynsvoice.friendsofmarilyn.org .

The benefit comes during Worldwide Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month. According to the American Cancer Society, in 2011 about 48,020 new cases of thyroid cancer are expected to occur, mostly in women, and thyroid cancer will cause nearly 1,700 deaths. It is the fastest growing cancer in the United States.

Dr. Maisie Shindo of Oregon Health and Science University, a thyroid cancer specialist, will be at the event to answer questions about the disease.

For Marilyn Kirvin, what was described as 'the good cancer to get' has turned into a fierce foe, leading to a multi-year battle, with multiple surgeries, including a laryngectomy - which cost her natural voice - and two rounds of radiation.

Bean, who graduated from Beaverton High School, is best known for her roles in Broadway smash hits such as 'Wicked' and 'Hairspray.' She recently released her debut solo album, 'Superhero,' which reached No. 5 on the iTunes R and B charts.

Haaby is considered one of the country's finest Flamenco guitarists, virtually creating the Nuevo Flamenco style of play.

Grant, an Oregon native and one of the Pacific Northwest's most renowned musicians, easily walks the line between traditional jazz and modern pop, deftly combining propulsive R and B grooves, infectious melodic hooks and stylish ballads.