Jonathan Stubbs ’26 spent a recent Saturday night volunteering his time to assist at an annual fundraiser event that helps bring attention and awareness, along with fundraising efforts, for research in the fight against women’s cancers.
In 2008, six gynecologic oncology surgeons found a unique and meaningful way to bring the gynecologic cancer community together—through music—and N.E.D was created. N.E.D. or No Evidence of Disease, are the words every cancer patient wants to hear. In 2015, the band’s journey was captured in the documentary film, No Evidence of Disease,
with the primary mission of increasing gynecologic cancer awareness—the film has been shown in Regal Cinemas nationwide and has been broadcast on PBS over the past four years with an estimated viewership of 230 million people. In 2018, Tom Morello from Rage Against the Machine teamed up with N.E.D. to release the single, Life as It Was.
Today, the band has 28 original songs and has released three albums.
While N.E.D. originated as a cover band to entertain peers at the Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO) Annual Meeting, it has grown into a powerful movement giving a voice to those impacted by gynecologic cancers. N.E.D. has performed for over 45,000 people at 75 live performances in the past ten years, and has raised 1.5 million dollars for various charities, including the FWC.
N.E.D. is currently comprised of five gynecologic oncologists from around the country. In addition to Dr. Nimesh Nagarsheth, the current lineup is John Boggess, MD, from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill, NC; Joanie Hope, MD, from Providence Alaska Cancer Center in Anchorage, AK; Robert Burger, MD, from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA; and William Winter, MD, from Compass Oncology in Vancouver, WA, and Portland, OR. Former members of the band included William Robinson, MD, from the Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, and John Soper, MD, from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine.
The Stubbs family met the drummer, Dr. Nagarsheth, three years ago during a scare that luckily turned out not to be cancer. However, Jonathan never had the opportunity to meet his grandmother due to this illness taking her life at 46 and after he witnessed his mother’s health scare, he decided that he (along with his family) wanted to get involved and help however he could.
At this year’s event, Jonathan assisted in stuffing bags with promotional items for V.I.P. guests, setting all of the bags out at the V.I.P. tables, and setting up tables and items for the Silent Auction.
Jonathan was able to mingle and speak with accomplished doctors, young aspiring doctors, as well as other committee members and guests. This experience has inspired Jonathan to pursue a career in the medical field.