As seen on the Super bowl, Bruce Springsteen speaking out with his support to find the cure for Melanoma, skin cancer after the loss of his friend and band member, Danny Federici, this year to melanoma. There are a couple free songs available for download a well.
Below is an excerpt from one of the pages about the Federici. Additional cancer information is available from the Sloan- Kettering Cancer Center where you can read and find out more information about all types of cancer. Donations can be made at the link below. The research will be based on genetic studies and the project will be attempting to predict responses to chemotherapy with the study of 4 genes, personalized medicine for cancer and the first study of it’s type with melanoma. BD
After seeing the outpouring of support following Danny's death, Bruce Springsteen, the E Street Band, Danny's family and Dr. Chapman decided Danny's vision could make an even greater impact. Together with Debra and Leon Black, founders of the Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA) they created the Danny Fund to bring melanoma to the forefront of public awareness and to fund research with top melanoma doctors from around the world.
“During the 1990s, Federici recorded a solo album of jazz instrumentals called "Flemington," after his hometown of Flemington, New Jersey. Danny followed this up with a smooth jazz album entitled "Out of a Dream" on V2 Records in 2005.
On November 21, 2007, it was announced that Federici would take a leave of absence from Springsteen and the E Street Band's ongoing Magic Tour to pursue treatment for melanoma. Springsteen stated at the time, "Danny is one of the pillars of our sound and has played beside me as a great friend for more than 40 years. We all eagerly await his healthy and speedy return."
Federici made his return to the stage on March 20, 2008, when he appeared for portions of a very memorable Springsteen and E Street Band performance in Indianapolis that got rave reviews.See "Dad's last show" ”
Danny lost his battle to melanoma on April 17th, 2008.
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