Bruce Kracke and friends at Mississippi Pizza
I believe raising awareness begins with real people living their lives. I play the ukulele because it makes me happy. I use it as a tool to spread breast cancer awareness.
At first, you might not see the connection between breast cancer and the ukulele? I played guitar for 20 years before my mastectomy, holding a large acoustic guitar against my chest, felt strange and sometimes bruised after my breast cancer surgery.
Playing the Ukulele reminds me I’m a survivor, I have a life-long love for playing music and using the ukulele to raise money so patients get every opportunity to continue birthday celebrations, treatment, respect and dignity. I’m down!
Now I know it’s a tall order, this is where you friends come in. Busking for Boobs is any person willing to perform for donations. This certainly doesn’t mean every time you perform or even a full gig. It could be an hour of coins thrown in the case.
There is no entrance fee to join Busking for Boobs, we generate donations and any participation is appreciated.
Our fundraising this year will include Susan G. Komen race for the cure and to The American Cancer Society, Making Strides against Breast Cancer.
We also invite players to join us for Dry in July, an Australian national fund raiser that encourages sobriety for the month of July and using the savings for your favorite charity.
Bruce Kracke has become a regular with the Susan G. Komen race for the cure
The YapStuff video was created for a local radio video contest on early detection. As is obvious, I used previous news footage, did a homemade comment, went in the back yard and recorded a song on the ukulele, threw a few pictures together.
And it won.
Among the prizes was a private party at the Bing Lounge for 50 people. We invited Hit Machine, a local Portland Band to perform and we did a Skype connection with our mates at YapSuff.
Despite a couple of technical difficulties, it was our first Yap introduction to an American audience.
Vignette presented on KGW Portland's NBC affiliate