Chris Gaffney diagnosed with liver cancer
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
– Chris Gaffney, founding member and lead singer of the Hacienda Brothers, was just diagnosed with liver cancer. Gaffney had been recording as recently as January, but was taken ill in February. He then began an extensive round of tests that led to the discovery of the cancer.
In early April, Gaffney will undergo chemotherapy. Although he has health insurance, it does not cover all of his medical costs and living expenses, according to his publicist.
To raise the necessary additional $60,000 a website was set up by his family at http://www.helpgaff.com. Donation checks can also be written directly to the Chris Gaffney Recovery Fund, 403 43rd St., Oakland CA 94609.
This summer, the Hacienda Brothers will release a new CD, which was recorded just before Gaffney was diagnosed. A portion of the proceeds from the CD sales will go to the fund. The band is also scheduling several benefit concerts throughout the end of the year to help raise money and awareness for their ailing colleague.
Gaffney also has played extensively with Dave Alvin and released several albums on his own.
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