Pigboat's singer/guitarist, Mark Belanger, has revealed that he's been undergoing treatment for lymphoma. In a Facebook post from July 3rd, he went into detail about the diagnosis in April and the treatments that started in May. The success rate of this treatment is around 87 to 91% so as long as everything goes right, he should be back playing soon. As someone on the "inside" that has known about the diagnosis since it happened, I'm really happy that Mark made the decision to go public with it.
His statement explained:
"When this all started going down, I made a conscious decision to keep it
off Facebook and the like. Not because I didn’t think people wouldn’t
care, but quite the opposite. It was hard enough dealing with the
uncertainty of what was going to happen, telling the people that I HAD
to tell that I had cancer, leaving the best job I’ve ever had, and
preparing myself for being out of work for several months. I figured
that having my phone blowing up with messages would just be a constant
reminder that things would never quite be the same again, especially in
the early stages when what the process would be like is an anxious
mystery. I was certain that I needed heavy intravenous drugs. I was less
certain that I needed “10,000 pictures of cats walking on beaches
saying inspirational words” as I tended to put it to people that I
discussed this with."
With Mark's announcement, I'm also happy to reveal that members of the Portland music scene have been secretly planning benefit shows to help him with the big medical bills. Starting August 8th, there will be a series of 4 shows in Portland with some of the biggest names in the Maine music scene all playing to help Mark.
a series of four local shows to help one of the music scene's best friends and biggest supporters
Thurs Aug 8 @ Genos
Dead By Now
Fri Aug 9 @ Genos
Covered in Bees
Sat Aug 10 @ Asylum
Rotors To Rust
& special guests
Sun Aug 11 @ Big Easy
Paranoid Social Club
Tix to each show $8
Benefit T-Shirts $10
Sanctuary Tattoo Raffle $5 tix or 5/$20
Winners get $250/$150/$50 credit to Sanctuary Tattoo
Raffle tix on sale now at Sanctuary and at individual shows
All money raised goes to assist Mark during his battle with cancer, which he will win most successfully!