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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

What to Do: Be Part of the Benefit

Dozens of big names in Russian cinema, stage, television, pop and rock are coming together this Friday to participate in a concert benefiting children with cancer.

For the third time, the Sovremennik theater is hosting the concert "Podari Zhizn" ("Give Life"), from which all proceeds go to cancer treatment for children. The event is organized by the Give Life foundation and the organization Donors for Children, which also promotes a blood donor program at the Russian Children's Clinical Hospital.

Mumy Troll, Bi-2, Yevgeny Grishkovets, Alisa Freindlich, Lyudmila Gurchenko and Tina Kandelaki are just some of the stars who are to take part in the show. None of the performers will receive any money for participating. To be among the audience inside the theater, the recommended donation is from $100 to $2,000, but the concert is also to be broadcast on a big screen outside.

"Our goal is to collect money for leukemia medication, purchase medical equipment for hospitals, and make the issue known to the public," said actress Dina Korzun, one of the two founders of Give Life, along with actress Chulpan Khamatova.

Last year the concert raised 6 million rubles, said Yekaterina Chistyakova of Donors for Children. "This year, unfortunately we already have had to spend 1.5 million rubles from ticket sales for basic medications that were not supplied to us on time by the Health Ministry," she added.

Besides medication and equipment purchases, the goal of the concert is to break the isolation of children with cancer. Excerpts from a recently made documentary about their life at the hospital are to be played as a backdrop to some of the concert numbers. "Children have full lives even in the hospitals, they play and have fun, and we want people to stop treating them as outcasts," Chistyakova said.

Give Life Benefit Concert, June 1, doors open at 7 p.m., concert starts at 8 p.m. To order tickets call 760-4770 or go to Sovremennik's administrative office from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays or from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m on Saturdays.

Sovremennik Theater, 19A Chistoprudny Bulvar, 589-46-89, M. Chistiye Prudy.