Cancer Group “CanShare” Releases CD Album
Can-SHARE, a support group composed mainly of cancer warriors, survivors, and their loved ones, recently released a CD album to mark their unity in adversity. And since October is the month of cancer awareness, spend a few more minutes reading about why CanShare is selling this CD.
Lorna Roque and Francie Go, both co-founders of Can-Share, sang the songs in the album. Both women are pillars of strength and hope for other members of Can-Share.
“My children call me a supermom. After three days of chemotherapy, I was already on my feet, ready to fetch my only son. I went to the market purchased the week’s supplies, and cooked food even when I felt dizzy,” Lorna recounted. Lorna, diagnosed also of breast cancer, has Stage IV illness involving her spine, lungs, and liver.
Francie, diagnosed of breast cancer, had to endure not only her own battle against cancer but that of her mother and sister as well. “My elder sister was diagnosed with adenocystic carcinoma of the larynx,” Francie narrated. “My mother also succumbed to the disease.”
“Last 1976, my mother was diagnosed with a debilitating disease known as fibromyoma carcinoma, a dreadful cancer,” Francie shared. “My mother’s cancer grew over and over on the same spot on her thigh. For twenty years, she tried to fight her own battle with cancer, and as brave as she was, she also passed away.”
CanShare CD: Inaalay
The renowned Filipino composer Vehnee Saturno wrote the songs in the album, Inaalay. He found a special interest in Can-Share after having lost his mother to cancer.
Francie Go and Lorna Roque, two of the co-founders of Can-Share,
joined Vehnee Saturno in the making of Inaalay.
“We want to negate the concept that cancer equals death,” Lorna explained. “Cancer can open our eyes, leading to a more fulfilling way of life.”
The CD has 12 tracks – six songs and their minus-one versions – including Walang Wakas and Nakita Ko Ang Langit, the two songs Vehnee Saturno wrote for Can-Share.
“Life is a mission,” Francie said. “We are here for a purpose. We experience ups and downs for a reason.” And it is Can-Share’s mission to share comfort and enlightenment with other cancer warriors.
Can-Share aims to educate constituents and provide spiritual and psychological support through sharing sessions and stress management programs. The group wants those whose lives have been affected by cancer to realize that, true to the group’s name, everyone has something to share.
The group members participate in hospice training workshops, immersing themselves in sick visitations. They hold monthly meetings and health-based activities. Can-Share also engages in livelihood programs to help sustain its activities and provide financial support to its members.
Recorded at Vehnee Saturno’s studio, the album Inaalay is priced at PhP250. Part of the proceeds will help sustain Can-Share’s advocacy to help cancer patients rise above their illness.
Can-Share, a cancer support group, dedicates Inaalay to fellow cancer warriors who passed away. Proceeds will help fund their activities.
To donate to their cause or purchase their CD, you may contact Can-Share at www.facebook.com/usth.canshare. You can also purchase a CD at the second floor of the Benavides Cancer Institute at the University of Santo Tomas – look for Allan Sol or call Lorna at (0922)8891754.
Can-Share dedicates this CD album to Dr. Gina Panuncialman and Art Hinongan, also co-founders of Can-Share, and Magne Guintu, all of whom passed away due to cancer. You can also read about the stories of Cristy, Doc Beth, and Adora as they fight cancer head-on.