Watch: Daily News Staffers Rock Out to “Crazy Train”

Part of an effort to raise awareness for brain cancer.

Daily News columnist Helen Ubiñas says the video above was inspired by Jennifer Pownall‘s campaign to raise awareness (and funds) of brain tumors. The Rock Out Brain Tumors Challenge is like the ALS Ice Bucket challenge, only less uncomfortable, assuming you’re comfortable with public performance.

Ubiñas and her colleagues decided to take the challenge after Gar Joseph, the paper’s city editor, was diagnosed with brain cancer.

Why not get my Daily News colleagues to make a video in an effort to spread the word about Pownall’s campaign, but also to raise money in the name of one of our own?

We chose Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train” because it has some killer guitar riffs and because, to borrow the song’s lyrics, we’re “Crazy, but that’s how it goes.”

But we also chose the song because if there’s anything Gar might love as much as this newspaper, it’s trains.

A down note: The video was made the same week layoffs were announced — you might notice that some of the soon-to-be-gone reporters, like Solomon Leach and Jenny DeHuff — are featured in the video.

In any case, Ubiñas challenged the Inquirer and SEPTA to make their own videos. Donations can be made to the National Brain Tumor society here.

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