Area students attend anti-tobacco concert

By WEEK Producer

May 4, 2012 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 3:23 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill -- An international recording artist wowed nearly 3000 students during a concert today.

Michael "MIKE-E" Ellison and The AfroFlow Tour presented the"Music Saved My Life" initiative. The interactive performance combines spoken word and hip-hop to educate students about the importance of eating right and not smoking.

The American Cancer Society partners with the group to spread its mission among youth.

"If we can start messaging early we're able to make an impact on our cancer incidents later on because we're not going to have as many cases, 20, 30 years down the road if kids start making good choices now," Kelli Evans of the American Cancer Society says.

Since the partnership between the two groups-- the Music Saved My Life initiative has reached more than 13-thousand people at Illinois colleges, high schools and community organizations.

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