Will Sing 4 A Cure - Local Father Helps Fight
Childhood Cancer

In November 2003, Nicholas Black of Bolivia was diagnosed with a rare form of pediatric cancer, called Neuroblastoma. Nicholas was 2 ˝ when the disease was discovered. There are approximately 12,000 cases of pediatric cancer diagnosed every year in the United States, with less than 800 being Neuroblastoma.

Since then Nicholas has been receiving treatment from the Duke University Medical Center, in Durham, NC. His treatment protocol has included numerous chemotherapies, radiation, multiple surgeries and a stem-cell transplant. While receiving these grueling treatments, Nicholas remained very positive and upbeat, taking everything in stride.

In June of this year, Nicholas was declared in remission, where he remains to this day. He still must visit Duke regularly for various reasons, including routine scans and examinations.

He is scheduled to visit Disneyworld in January 2005 as part of the Make-A-Wish program.

As a result of his cancer and subsequent recovery, Nicholas’ father, Paul, a singer/songwriter has started the “Will Sing 4 A Cure”Paul Black program, with the assistance of the Coastal Cinema, located in Shallotte.

On January 8, 2005 the “Will Sing 4 A Cure” tour began at the Cinema with a tremendous turn-out and response. Subsequent shows are scheduled at the cinema beginning January 29, and Paul is looking for a variety of venues in Wilmington, Southport, Little River, Myrtle Beach and the surrounding area. If anyone is interested in hosting an event for us, please contact us at 755-2421, or visit our website at www.paulblackmusic.com.

Portions of the proceeds from the shows will be used to provide assistance in research at Duke University Medical Center for a cure of Neuroblastoma, as well as help to provide the every-day needs of patients receiving in-hospital care. Donations will also be sent to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

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