Local doctor celebrates beating the odds with big concert

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- This coming weekend in Indianapolis, there is a two-day concert that will bring big acts like Ludacris and the Kongos.

This event is about more than just music.  It’s a celebration of life for a Hoosier cancer survivor who hopes to help others going through treatment.

At the age of 37, Dr. Scott Lintner became a patient.

“June 30th, 1999, I had leukemia,” said Lintner.  “After some testing, they kind of thought you have about 8 to 12 years to live.”

Lintner remembers how difficult it was for him and his family.

“I have two daughters, and they went through a lot throughout that time.”

Eventually,  Lintner had a bone marrow transplant from his brother.   He had a new perspective on life.

“When I was diagnosed I was 37, so to live 12 years would put me at 49,” said Lintner.  “So I thought if I make it to 50 I’m going to have a big party.”

He carried out that promise to himself.  In 2013, Lintner organized some music acts for a one day festival called the INDYPendence Day Concert for Cancer.  His foundation has raised $160,000 in the first three years, and this year’s event is rocking for two days.

“All the money we raised, everything we net from the concert is given away,” said Lintner.

This year, Riley Hospital and St. Francis Health will get the funds.  On top of the music, volunteers will also sign up people to be bone marrow donors.  This has already proven to make a difference in previous years.

“Last year at our event they signed up somebody who became a donor for a 3-year-old little kid,” said Lintner.  “I want this to grow and get bigger so that we can do more.”

Click here to look at the long list of performers taking the stage Saturday and Sunday at Pan Am Plaza.

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