Pancreatic Cancer Action Network Anthem "Hope's Alive"
Last year my dear friend and collaborator, Liz Russo called me with horrible news; her father had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. If you have followed my story, you know this experience is something I am familiar with. During my time on The Voice I lost my father, Chuck, to stage 4 pancreatic cancer 4 months after his diagnosis.
This story is all too common, especially in the case of pancreatic cancer. In most cases the symptoms go unnoticed and during the early stages, when the tumor would be most treatable, there are usually no symptoms. This has led pancreatic cancer to be on track to rise as the 2nd leading cause of cancer-related death in the US by the year 2020.
Though this information is scary, it serves as a launching pad to raise awareness and advocacy for a disease where early-detection is crucial.
The toll this disease takes on patients not only affects them, it affects their support system and their loved ones. Knowing all of these experiences far too well, Liz and I set out to write a song. With the help of Tova Litvin and Dan Whittmore we ended up with an anthem. An Anthem of Hope. Once the writing and recording process began, we reached out to pancreatic cancer survivors, caregivers, and advocates to join the experience and their voices can be heard on our anthem, "Hope's Alive"
We teamed up with the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and will donate 100% of the sales from "Hope's Alive" to support their mission: to fund research, provide patient support, conduct community outreach, and advocate for increased federal research funding for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of pancreatic cancer.
"Hope's Alive" will be available everywhere on April 13th.