Singing for a cure
Published 10:10 pm Saturday, July 26, 2014
A multi-talented Suffolk woman will be putting all of her gifts and hobbies to good use when she rides in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Ride to Cure Diabetes in Wisconsin next month.
Well, nearly all her gifts and hobbies — she couldn’t find a way to fit knitting into the equation.
Dr. Maggie Morris Fears, a Type 1 diabetes researcher and assistant professor at Eastern Virginia Medical School, is also an avid cyclist. She and a handful of colleagues will participate in the 100-mile destination ride on Aug. 16 and are raising money to find a cure for the disease.
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“JDRF has really been a source of support to me,” said Morris Fears, who currently participates in three research grants from the organization. “I would like to give back to them since they’ve supported me so much.”
To raise money to support the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Morris Fears will put another of her talents — singing — to good use in Suffolk next Sunday.
She will host a benefit voice recital at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 1885 Bridge Road, at 3 p.m. on Aug. 3.
“I’ve been singing since I was 3,” she said. “I debated between music and science several times.”
During graduate school she sang with the Dallas Symphony Chorus, and she joined the Virginia Symphony Chorus for a season and a half after moving here.
“I would like to get back to it, but right now time is not cooperating with me,” she said.
She also has sung at Carnegie Hall in the past.
Visitors at next Sunday’s show will be treated to music ranging from the classical, such as Mozart and Mendelssohn, to show tunes and Disney songs. Ed Glover will accompany Morris Fears on the piano.
“I would like to appeal to a wide crowd,” she said. “It’s not going to be too long, probably 45 minutes to an hour. It’s a pretty casual atmosphere at a pretty casual time of day.”
She said she was thinking of ways to raise money for the ride and hit upon the idea of a benefit concert.
“I’m like, ‘Wait a minute. I can combine biking — which I love — and singing and science,’” she said.
Tickets for the event are $10, and all the money will support JDRF, Morris Fears said.
Besides raising money for the ride with her voice, she will sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the beginning of the ride in La Crosse, Wis.
For more information or to support the Hampton Roads team in the ride, visit www.jdrf.org.