78 year old singer, Candi Staton, says she’s been diagnosed with breast cancer. She received the bad news over the summer on the first day of rehearsals for her tour. Candi is a Grammy-nominated soul and gospel singer. Her Top 40 hits include “Young Hearts Run Free” and a cover of Tammy Wynette’s “Stand By Your Man.” She released the album, “Unstoppable,” earlier this year.
In a statement to her fans, Candi writes, “I decided to keep it to myself and do some soul searching. I went through all of the emotions: denial, poor me and anger.” But she says that being on the road helped her. Candi will begin 12 weeks of chemotherapy, beginning today.
She says she found a lump through self-check and she’s encouraging women, “including elderly women – to get a regular mammogram.”