Fighting Cancer Through Song

By: Brooks Jarosz Email
By: Brooks Jarosz Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Some doctors in Charleston argue that cancer is the No. 1 killer in West Virginia.

Now, one group is hitting the high notes hoping to raise money to build a new cancer center in the Capital City.

"The Three Plus" has been rehearsing in a small studio on Charleston's West Side for more than a year. It's made up of three men who want to make a difference through a performance they hope will save lives and help those battling cancer.

"At least every other week and sometimes every week I have to tell a patient that you are a new victim of cancer," Dr. William Harris said.

Doctor William Harris has seen it all and says one in three people will live with cancer before death. His mother died of cancer, his twin brother is living with colon cancer and his wife is battling breast cancer.

"My wife has lived with five years of relative fear but she is now a five year survivor, too, which I am very grateful," Harris said.

Harris attributes that success to the David Lee Cancer Center at Charleston Area Medical Center Memorial Division. It's a place that's bursting at the seams.

Now, there are new plans to build a state-of-the-art cancer center across MacCorkle Avenue at the old ball field. It will feature new technology, more awareness programs and more elbow room for doctors.

The price tag is roughly $50 million with groundbreaking expected this summer and a completion date sometime in 2014.

Other members of "The Three Plus," including Eva Jones, who's battling cancer, are singing to raise money, make people aware, but also offer an escape.

It's a way to offset the tragedy a little bit," Mark Hornbaker said. "And to give us hope in the future with the building and with research and with education and awareness."

Already more than $10 million has been raised for the new cancer center.

If you want to catch this free benefit concert, you can still get your tickets. It features Dr. William Harris, Eva Jones, Mark Hornbaker and Alan Pennington.

The group is performing one time only at the Clay Center in Charleston. That performance will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 8.

Call the box office for details at 304-561-3570.


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