Summer is a time for fun, food, and festivals, and -- if you happen to love eating heaping plates of boiled up crawfish at yours -- Crawfish for Cancer looks like one of the best you can spend your hard-earned money on. This epic festival is hitting 9 cities all across the country this year. Here's why it's worth checking out.
It's all going down for a good cause
The Crawfish for Cancer festival supports fundraising for multiple myeloma cancer research. Also known as Kahler's disease, multiple myeloma is a rare form of cancer that affects fewer than 200,000 people a year. Festival founder James Crowell started the event as a Crawfish Boil with his classmates at Williams College in Massachusetts in 2003. He turned the event into Crawfish for Cancer in 2008 in honor of his father, a retired lieutenant colonel of the US Air Force, who fought multiple myeloma for several years before passing away in 2014. All the proceeds go to funding for cancer research and according to Crawfish for Cancer's numbers, the festival's managed to give $400,000 to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation since 2009. The ultimate goal of the MMRF is to find a cure, and Crawfish for Cancer is there to help, with delicious food.