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Rocker Bryan Adams will play a special concert straight from the heart next week to benefit breast cancer research.

The 48-year-old will make a night to remember at Bethany Community Church in St. Catharines, Ontario, on September 3 for what promises to be an intimate solo acoustic performance. Only 1,000 tickets are available to the gig, and proceeds will help buy a new $800,000 digital mammography unit for the St. Catharines General Hospital Foundation.

It is the second time the star has given fans a slice of heaven in the city – he performed to 3,000 fans in 1998 with Linda Evangelista and raised $250,000 for breast screening equipment. The proceeds from that show funded Niagara’s first breast screening centre, which was eventually named the Evangelista/Adams Centre.

Adams has devoted concerts and his photography to breast cancer fundraising for more than a decade, and is proud about the work the Centre carries out.

“It’s really something that should be all over the country,” he said. “Perhaps that is a greater goal to be considered.”

The Centre is equally excited about the equipment the upcoming concert will provide: “It will enable us to see more patients, in a much more efficient manner,” said Sandra Wilkes, executive director of the St. Catharines General Hospital Foundation. “This sort of equipment is vitally important for the early detection of breast cancer.”

Tickets to the show cost $150, and are available at www.scghfoundation.com.

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