Annual Cancer Jam fundraiser will benefit Michael “Mondo Mike” Vazquez, a long-time member of the Dallas radio community


ANNOUNCING: Cancer Jam 2016 to benefit "Mondo Mike" in Dallas, Texas

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6th // Strauss Square @ AT&T Performing Arts Center

Remembrance Ceremony: Cancer Jam 2015 // Photo by Carter Rose

View full photo gallery, last year's event here: Cancer Jam 2015

Hand Drawn Records is extremely proud to again present Cancer Jam, and this time the bar is even higher, as the event is moving to AT&T Performing Arts Center's outdoor venue, Strauss Square, in the heart of Downtown Dallas and partnering with 102.1 KDGE.

The mission of Cancer Jam is to celebrate life by helping the afflicted individuals and families step away from the shadow of their situation for at least one night to feel the outpour of love through music. This year's recipient is long-time radio personality Mike "Mondo" Vasquez who was diagnosed with Follicular Dendritic Cell Sarcoma and who has already undergone surgery with extensive radiation and chemotherapy to follow.

Please mark your calendar for this year's Cancer Jam and you can donate to Mondo directly (via- GoFundMe) here!

Michael “Mondo Mike” Vazquez: Cancer Jam 2016 Recipient
GOFUNDME: DONATE DIRECTLY --> Michael “Mondo Mike” Vazquez: Cancer Jam 2016 Recipient


AT&T Performing Arts Center (Dallas, TX)
Cancer Jam 2016: Annette Strauss Square // Photo Dallas Morning News


DALLAS, TEXAS - Sept. 13, 2015 – Cancer Jam announced today that its 3rd annual benefit concert will take place at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 6 at Annette Strauss Square in the Dallas Arts District. Tickets will go on sale during the first week of October at

This year, the Cancer Jam family is coming together to help Michael “Mondo Mike” Vazquez, 49, a long-time member of the Dallas radio community who worked for KVIL, KRLD-AM, Q102/The Arrow, LIVE 105.3, and KDGE/102.1 ‘The Edge.’ Vazquez, who lives with wife, Amanda, and 5-year-old daughter Olivia in North Richland Hills, was diagnosed with Follicular Dendritic Cell Sarcoma in July. It is so rare that —according to his doctors— Michael is the only known person on the planet right now with this particular type of sarcoma.

Cancer Jam will be emceed by Atom Smasher and Shawnda of the Atom Smasher Morning Show on KDGE/102.1 ‘The Edge.’

Atom Smasher Radio Show, 102.1 KDGE // Logo

"It's always important to help whenever you can. Cancer affects so many people, not just the ones with the diagnosis, but also their family and friends. We are proud to partner with Cancer Jam. It is a great way to raise awareness and funds for families when they need it the most." -Atom Smasher

After the success of Cancer Jam 2015, which raised over $30,000 for Linda Blocker, Cancer Jam founder Alex Hargis decided to go bigger and better. In addition to moving to a much larger venue with 2,000 seats, Hargis has also secured KDGE/102.1 ‘The Edge’ as a media partner. Dallas-based Hand Drawn Records will continue in its role as programming partner.

“Our goal is to raise $50,000 for Mondo,” explained Hargis.   “With the larger venue, The Edge as our media partner, and Hand Drawn Records as our programming partner, I’m fairly certain we’ll reach that goal before the night of the show.”

Annette Strauss Square is part of the AT&T Performing Arts Center. It is located in the Elaine E. and Charles A. Sammons Park, to the west of the Winspear Opera House.

Hand Drawn Presents: Cancer Jam 2015 // Logo by Alex Hargis

To learn more about Cancer Jam 2016, please visit:

What:      Cancer Jam 2016

When:     7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016

Where: Annette Strauss Square, AT&T Performing Arts Center (Dallas, TX)


Cancer Jam is a benefit concert and community celebration for those fighting the disease and the families that battle alongside them. Founded in 2014, the mission of this event to provide community support and financial assistance to a local family afflicted by cancer. For more information, please visit us at


Hand Drawn Records is a full-service, artist-centric independent music company based in Dallas, Texas. We are a community of like-minded musicians and audiophiles who are passionate about music, and want to help our fellow artists build brands and a fan base. We offer direction and support on websites, promotional photos, and videos in a way that preserves the artist’s creativity.