Monday, May 2, 2011
Everyone was shocked when the news hit that Draco Rosa had been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's Lympohoma -Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma is cancer of the lymphoid tissue, which includes the lymph nodes, spleen, and other organs of the immune system. According to the American Cancer Society, a person has a 1 in 50 chance of developing non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Most of the time, this cancer affects adults. However, children can get some forms of lymphoma. High-risk groups include those who have received an organ transplant or who have a weakened immune system.
This type of cancer is slightly more common in men than in women.
I can't really say that I rally knew a lot about Draco Rosa prior to this announcement, but I felt the pain none the less. It made me stop and think yet again about how the artists and entertainers that we love to listen to and watch are human.
I think that some times people forget that these wonderful men and women that give of themselves so tirelessly can fall subject to the same maladies and frailties that all of us our subject to, yet they keep on giving.
So while you're listening to your favorite artists music and letting your very soul soak in all the great feelings that it's giving you, remember to say a prayer or two, or three for them....and when you think of them, send them you love and light....you never know what they may be going through.
~Draco, that staff and readers of Pandora's Caja are sending out our prayers, lots of love...and much bright light....
"Born in New York and raised in Puerto Rico, Robi Rosa got involved in music while he was a child, listening to the Beatles and local salsa acts. Nevertheless, Rosa started playing covers of classic hard rock and heavy metal songs, participating in a band called Admir before he joined Menudo.
Soon after, he became the first member of the group to resign, leaving the group in the middle of a tour. The artist settled down in Brazil for a short period, recording songs in Portuguese. In addition, Robi Rosa was captivated by different art forms, such as literature and painting. Back in the U.S., the singer/songwriter decided to try acting, getting a role in the 1988 movie Salsa.
In addition, he participated in an alternative band called Maggie's Dream and later started his solo career with the release of his debut album, called Frio, issued in 1994.
1996 saw the release of Vagabundo, produced by Roxy Music guitarist, Phil Manzanara, followed in 1998 by Songbirds & Roosters, an English rendering of his 1994 debut. Rosa's contribution to Ricky Martin was his breakthrough. Songs such as "Maria," "The Cup of Life," and "Living La Vida Loca," became smash hits, allowing him to get three Grammy nominations in the year 2000. In 2004 he released Mad Love, a thirteen song, genre defying collection of material inspired by Miles Davis, actress/director Angela Alvarado, and the marriage of jazz and rock, that features the legends Vand Dyke Parks and Nelson Gonzalez, among many others."
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