Unreleased Willie Nelson Recording and Rolling Stones Artwork Launch Rock for Kidz® Program for America's Baby Cancer Foundation

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America's Baby Cancer Foundation offers for sale the publishing rights to an unreleased Willie Nelson recording and an artwork created by Ronnie Wood of The Rolling Stones to mark the launch of Rock for Kidz®. Rock for Kidz® is a charitable program that brings the therapy of music to the lives of children with cancer by providing VIP tickets to concerts, arranging celebrity musician appearances and donating musical instruments to hospitals.

Conversation Piece Artwork by Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones

"Conversation Piece" by Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones

How often do you have the chance to buy the rights to an unreleased Willie Nelson recording or a limited edition artwork by Ronnie Wood of The Rolling Stones?

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America's Baby Cancer Foundation announced today the offer for sale of two music memorabilia items to mark the launch of its new Rock for Kidz® charitable program. For sale are the worldwide publishing rights to a previously unreleased song featuring Willie Nelson, entitled “Indian Paintbrushes, Blue Bonnets and You,” and a limited edition art print by Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones, entitled “Conversation Piece.” These two items were donated to Rock for Kidz® through the generosity of private individuals. The proceeds of the sale will benefit America’s Baby Cancer Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that provides support to the families of children with cancer.

The Willie Nelson song is a duet, sung by Willie Nelson and Johnny Darrell and gifted by Nelson to Darrell and his wife, Jody. Willie Nelson is the great American country singer-songwriter, author, poet, actor, and activist. Johnny Darrell was an American country singer whose first single, a version of Curly Putman's "Green, Green Grass of Home" was issued in 1965. Darrell was the first to record the Mel Tillis song "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town," which became a top ten hit for him in 1967 and later a hit for Kenny Rogers. This was followed by his performance of "the Son of Hickory Holler's Tramp" in 1968, and the crossover hit "With Pen in Hand," which would later became a hit for Vikki Carr. In the 1970s, Darrell was associated with the Outlaw country movement, but died a premature death from complications from diabetes.

The Ronnie Wood Artwork is a limited edition art print of a painting, entitled “Conversation Piece,” painted by Ronnie Wood in 2005. Ronald David "Ronnie" Wood (born 1 June 1947) is an English rock guitarist and bassist best known as a current member of The Rolling Stones and a former member of The Jeff Beck Group and Rod Stewart’s The Faces. The painting depicts the members of the Rolling Stones working together as they rehearse. The art print is one of only 290 numbered limited editions.

Both of the collector’s pieces will be sold for the benefit of the new Rock for Kidz® charitable program, which was launched earlier this year by America’s Baby Cancer Foundation. Rock for Kidz® brings the well-documented therapeutic benefits of music into the lives of children with cancer. Rock for Kidz® programs include: VIP tickets to concerts for children with cancer; the launch of a program to provide musical instruments for children’s hospitals; auctions and sales of music memorabilia; dinners with celebrity musicians; and much more.

“How often do you get the chance to buy the rights to an unreleased Willie Nelson song or a limited edition painting by Ronnie Wood?” asked Shannon Nilsen, Chief Charity Officer for Rock for Kidz®. “We are delighted to offer these items and the buyers can know that they are helping such a worthy cause.” Nilsen is a Certified Health Educator, whose passion for music is the inspiration behind Rock for Kidz®.

Bernard Hicks, Co-Founder and Chairman of America’s Baby Cancer Foundation, also commented: “We are so grateful to our donors for the chance to offer these truly impressive collectibles. They provide an immediate opportunity to launch the new Rock for Kidz® initiative, which I am sure will rapidly grow to help bring music into the lives of children suffering from cancer.”

Rock for Kidz® launched on May 2, 2011. Rock for Kidz® will display the Ronnie Wood artwork at the SOKA University 10th International Festival on May 7, 2011 in Aliso Viejo, California.

About America’s Baby Cancer Foundation:
America’s Baby Cancer Foundation was formed in 2000, after the Founders Bernard Hicks and Phillis Lane both lost their children to cancer. America’s Baby Cancer Foundation concentrates on cancers that appear at birth to early childhood, which America’s Baby Cancer Foundation refers to as "baby cancers". The mission of the Foundation is to raise awareness of baby cancers, to provide aid and education for families with children with cancer, and to help fund research for a cure. Cancer is the leading disease-related cause of death in children. America’s Baby Cancer Foundation is a not-for-profit organization, registered with the Internal Revenue Service, Tax ID Number 95-4843437. For more details about America’s Baby Cancer Foundation, visit http://www.babycancer.org.

About Rock for Kidz®:
Rock for Kidz® is a charitable program to benefit children with cancer. Launched by America's Baby Cancer Foundation, Rock for Kidz® raises money to bring the well-documented therapeutic benefits of music into the lives of children who have cancer and into the lives of their immediate families. Rock for Kidz® provides VIP tickets to music events, specially priced music-related collectibles, creating programs to provide musical instruments for hospitals, celebrity musician meet and greets and much, much more. For more details about Rock for Kidz®, visit http://www.rockforkidz.org.

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