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Camera Obscura cancels tour dates as keyboardist battles cancer

Carey Lander will continue treatment for bone cancer

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    Camera Obscura have canceled an upcoming stretch of dates so that keyboardist Carey Lander (right, above) can continue undergoing treatment for bone cancer. Lander has been fighting with the disease, known as Osteosarcoma, for four years, but her new treatment regime will keep her from the road.

    The canceled tour was meant to hit Mexico and California in October, including a stop at Beach Goth 4. In a note posted to the band’s Facebook page, frontwoman Tracyanne Campbell wrote, “We’re really sad to disappoint our fans but I’m sure everyone will understand that Carey’s health needs to come first at this time. We hope we can come back one day and play for you.”

    Lander has launched a JustGiving page to raise funding for Sarcoma UK, a charity focusing on sarcoma in all its forms. “It’s probably too late to help me,” Lander wrote in the fundraising description, “but it would be great if we could find something in the future that means children don’t have to undergo such awful treatment and have a better chance of survival.”

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    Read Lander’s message:

    “Thanks for taking the time to visit my JustGiving page.

    In 2011 I was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma in my leg. It’s an aggressive form of bone cancer that’s treated with a very harsh regime of chemotherapy and surgery or possible amputation of the affected limb. Particularly horribly, it’s a cancer that most commonly occurs in children and because of its rarity, receives scarce attention or funding and there has been very little in the way of new treatments developed in the last 30 years. It’s probably too late to help me, but it would be great if we could find something in the future that means children don’t have to undergo such awful treatment and have a better chance of survival.

    I’ve been quite fortunate in that I have been able to have periods of living something of a normal life in the last 4 years and to continue playing with Camera Obscura. Being able to record the album we had started working on before my diagnosis, and to travel and play shows again has been amazing, and I’m very grateful to everyone that’s bought out records, come to our concerts or supported us in some way. Sadly, my illness is here tripping me up again and I feel like it’s time to tell people a bit more about it and see if I can raise a bit of cash to help others in a similar situation. I’m hugely grateful for any donations you feel like making. Thank you.

    Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity. So it’s the most efficient way to donate – saving time and cutting costs for the charity.”

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