CURTIS SALGADO TO UNDERGO TREATMENT FOR LIVER CANCER
April 17, 2006
PORTLAND, OR- SINGER CURTIS SALGADO HAS BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH LIVER CANCER AND HAS BEGUN PREPARATIONS FOR TREATMENT ACCORDING TO HIS LONGTIME FRIEND AND MANAGER SHANE TAPPENDORF.
PORTLAND, OR- Singer Curtis Salgado has been diagnosed with liver cancer and has begun preparations for treatment according to his longtime friend and manager Shane Tappendorf.
Salgado who is battling a chronic liver condition will receive treatments next month with the hope of a liver transplant surgery in the future.
“I am fortunate to be under the care of an incredible team of doctors and nurses and am inspired by the courageous people that have faced this fight before me,” the 52-year-old performer said from his home this week. I am also extremely grateful for the overwhelming support from my family and friends.”
A concert performance in Spokane, WA has been rescheduled for June 3rd and doctors are confident that Curtis and his band will be able to continue to perform this year.
The singer-songwriter and harmonica idol was raised in Eugene, OR where he is best known as the inspiration for John Belushi’s character of Joliet Jake in the Blues Brothers as well as his six year involvement with the Robert Cray Band. Salgado went on to become a member of the Grammy Award winning band Roomful of Blues and enjoyed a short stint as vocalist for Santana. The former Handy Award nominee has currently been working in Nashville, TN on new material for his next album as a follow-up to his last three critically acclaimed CDs for Shanachie Entertainment.
In the Pacific Northwest, Salgado is also highly respected for his 17 year commitment to sobriety and for his continued dedication and countless speaking engagements in educating young people on the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse.
A special account has been created for donations to help Salgado with medical costs and an all-star benefit concert is also being planned.
Donations can be made for the “Curtis Salgado Fund” at any US Bank or can be mailed to:
2550 NW 188th Avenue
Hillsboro, OR 97124.