Evans benefit concert honors colon cancer victim

Saturday, June 9, 2012 6:33 PM
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When he was a kid, Scott Walden would help his father’s friend David Hobbs with work around the house. One day Walden was taking out garbage and Hobbs noticed he was running from the house to the street.

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Ashley Taylor, of the band Atom Blonde, performs during the concert.   MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF
MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF
Ashley Taylor, of the band Atom Blonde, performs during the concert.

“I told him he didn’t have to run. He said, ‘But I want it done,’ ” Hobbs said, shaking his head. “He made the most of every minute, even when he was a kid.”

That energy continued throughout Walden’s life, which ended in 2010 at age 38 from colon cancer.

Ryan Walden keeps a video of his big brother skydiving two weeks before he died.

“Scott was amazing,” Walden said. “He lived life to the fullest, even then.”

On Saturday, the third annual Shine For Scott benefit concert was held at Laura’s Backyard Tavern at 218 S. Belair Road in Evans. The concert marked the first local performance by Augusta native Dana Andrews, who was a top 15 finalist on the CBS show Rockstar: Supernova in 2006.

The first Shine For Scott benefit concert was held two weeks after he died in June 2010, and shortly after that, Shine For Scott became a nonprofit organization.

Walden was involved with music, his family said. He played the drums with a few local bands and in church. The concerts are a way to remember him and to help other people facing colon cancer.

The concert’s proceeds went to research and screening programs for colon cancer patients under 50.

When Scott Walden was diagnosed at 38 years old, he quickly realized how few resources there were for someone who was middle-aged and in the
middle-income bracket, Shine For Scott’s president Maggie Pritchard said.

Walden’s family and friends rallied around him to help after he could no longer work. His legacy lives on in his network of people who continue to help others.

Pritchard said Shine For Scott is working on donating $4,400 to a top
gastrointestinal cancer research facility.

“Just watching my family and Scott go through the effects of cancer,” said Walden’s sister, Alicia Jett, “if we can spare one person from having to experience that, we will have done our job.”

Shine For Scott also holds a concert once a year in Savannah.

“These concerts help a lot,” said Walden’s father, Mark Walden. “They help us remember Scott.”


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