From a 90-year-old man’s 3,600-mile walk to raise money for children with cancer to the death of KISS and Cinderella keyboardist Gary Corbett, here’s what’s happening in the cancer landscape this week.
Mark Hoppus, singer and bassist of Blink-182, recently announced his cancer diagnosis on social media. He shared that he had been undergoing chemotherapy for the past three months, but did not disclose the cancer type.
Recently, in a livestream question and answer session with fans, Hoppus explained that he was diagnosed with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma stage 4a.
“Oddly enough, I have the exact same form of cancer that she had, and she beat it so I’ve been able to talk with her and bond with her quite a bit," he said, according to iHeart Radio.
He explained that he was scheduled to undergo a CT scan that week to determine the effectiveness of his treatments. If the chemotherapy is not yielding results, he may look into receiving a bone marrow transplant. If the current treatment is working, he said, he must go through at least three more rounds of it.
“We’re beating the cancer, it’s only a matter of time," said Hoppus, who also shared that he plans to get a tattoo to celebrate being cancer-free when the day comes.
Dean Troutman, 90, has been traveling on foot to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, through a fundraiser called Troutman Trek.
“I’ve gone only a little over 100 miles. I’m just getting started,” he told WGN9.
In 2014, Troutman walked more than 700 miles around Illinois to raise money in memory of his late wife, Dorothy (Peggy) Troutman. He was able to fundraise $70,000, which was used to build a playground and complete other projects in his local area. The following year, he walked again, raising over $10,000 for children and families of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
This year, his goal is to walk for a full year, completing 3,600 miles across the central and southern parts of the U.S.
“My goal now is to get out of Illinois,” he said. “And once I get into Indiana, my goal is to hit Ohio then Kentucky and West Virginia, then Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina and I hope to be out in Florida by Christmas.”
So far, he has raised more than $9,600 during this trek.
“I like to walk, and I’ve got to have a reason to do it,” Troutman said. “And St. Jude is a charity I think deserves it as much or more than anyone I can think of.”
Gary Corbett, a keyboardist who toured with the bands KISS and Cinderella, died from lung cancer last week.
The news was confirmed by his sister in a Facebook post.
“Those who knew Gary know that we and the world of music have all lost a very talented, funny, kind and gentle soul. The pain cuts so deeply that our hearts are bleeding,” she wrote.
Former bandmembers of Cinderella also released a joint statement about Corbett’s death, writing, “Gary was a talented musician and good-hearted friend. He toured with Cinderella on and off for many years. Our deepest condolences go out to Gary’s wife Lenore and his family and loved ones. RIP Gary.”
KISS released an official statement on Corbett’s death as well, sharing that they were “shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of Gary Corbett to cancer.”
Miranda McKeon, a 19-year-old actress known for her role in “Anne with an E,” was diagnosed with breast cancer after she found an odd lump on her breast during a weekend at the beach with friends.
“After going down a little Google rabbit hole, my mind was at ease because I didn’t think anything could be wrong because of my age,” McKeon told Entertainment Weekly.
Unfortunately for McKeon, a biopsy revealed that she had stage 3 breast cancer. The cancer had also spread to her lymph nodes. Her doctors told her that she was “one in a million” due to the rarity of receiving a breast cancer diagnosis as a teenager.
"My doctor was like, 'Your stage doesn't define you. And your cancer is your cancer.'” she said. “Which I appreciate because when you hear someone's stage, your mind goes straight to one place or another and I don't think that's necessarily representative of what I'm going through.”
McKeon started treatment right away, which will be four months of chemotherapy with infusions every other week, followed by radiation and a potential surgery.
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