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Cancer Survivors Invited to Celebrate Life at Free Concert in Sugar Land

Cancer Survivor and Musician, Charlie Lustman, Will Perform
04/09/2012

 Cancer survivors and their families are invited to celebrate life at the “Peace, Hope, Survive” event on Thursday, May 17 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the University of Houston Sugar Land. Musician and cancer survivor Charlie Lustman, as part of his Musical HOPE Campaign, will be the special entertainment at a free concert.The event is sponsored by Texas Oncology, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, University of Houston-Victoria School of Nursing, American Cancer Society, and Amgen. 

“We are with our patients during their most difficult times as they fight cancer,” said Nancy Wells, practice administrator, Texas Oncology–Sugar Land. “We believe that it’s equally as important to celebrate survivorship with them.” 

Charlie Lustman brings hope and humor to cancer survivors through his music, which is inspired by his own journey with cancer. Lustman was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare form of cancer, in his upper jaw bone in July 2006. After successfully undergoing treatment, Lustman returned to his love of creating music with a focus on cancer diagnosis, treatment, and recovery. Today, he visits cancer centers, wellness communities, and schools throughout the U.S. and internationally on his Musical HOPE Campaign to uplift spirits of those affected by cancer.  

“We encourage all cancer survivors and their families to join us for this inspiring concert and an opportunity to meet other survivors,” said Steven J. Brockman-Weber ,  chief nursing officer/chief operating officer , Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital. “Space is limited so please call 713-222-CARE (2273) to reserve your space for this free event.”  

“Sugar Land is a tight-knit community,” said Betti Guzman, regional vice president of American Cancer Society. “Events such as these provide support to cancer survivors, which is vital to their ongoing healing process.” 

Lustman uses music to share the story of his personal cancer journey in his one-man pop operetta, which was recorded on his CD Made Me Nuclear. His songs document his experience with cancer from diagnosis to recovery and have songs relatable to cancer patients and their families such as, “Chemo Brain” and “The Call.” Learn more about Lustman and his Musical HOPE Campaign by visiting his website, www.mademenuclear.com .  

“We are pleased to host cancer survivors on the University of Houston Sugar Land campus. It’s a wonderful way to connect more with the community we serve,” said Kathryn Tart, dean and professor of University of Houston-Victoria School of Nursing. 

With the improvement of treatments and rise in cancer screening programs, there are more cancer survivors than ever. Today, more than 11 million cancer survivors live in the U.S., according to the American Cancer Society.  

“Amgen Oncology is committed to helping people affected by cancer, from prevention through survivorship. We are proud to be involved in such an event that gives them an evening to celebrate survivorship,” said Kathryn West, advocacy director of Amgen.  

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