Binghamton Musicians Love on Little Cancer Patient With Benefit Concert
"Your child has cancer." Four words that no parent ever wants to hear come from the mouth of their doctor and yet, those are the words heard last month by Zac and Kelsey Zopp of Binghamton.
Zac and Kelsey are the parents of 3-year-old Jagger and six-year-old Zachary. On Thursday, April 14, they were given the awful news that their youngest son has a very rare, very aggressive, and very fast-growing cancer called Rhabdomyosarcoma.
According to the American Cancer Society, Rhabdomyosarcoma "is a type of sarcoma made up of cells that normally develop into skeletal (voluntary) muscles. These are muscles that we control to move parts of our body."
Only 400 to 500 people a year, across the entire United States, are diagnosed with this cancer and so treating Rhabdomyosarcoma can be very complex.
Treatment for Rhabdomyosarcoma is also very aggressive and just three days after his diagnosis, Jagger received his first round of chemotherapy - on Easter Sunday. Jagger will not only have to go through 67 weeks (nearly a year and a half) of chemotherapy and radiation, but he will also have to have several surgeries.
This is a boy who is in for the fight of his life and his parents and older brother also have a long and hard road ahead of them. To help alleviate some of the financial strain that Zac and Kelsey will be facing over the next few years, a special benefit concert has been planned on their behalf.
Jagger Jam will take place at Touch of Texas on Upper Front Street in Binghamton on Sunday, June 12 from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and all ages are welcome to attend. There will be performances by the Jason Wicks Band, Odd Man Out, Devon Lawton and the In-Laws, and Gene Hummel in addition to a 50/50, basket raffle, and more. A nominal admission will be charged and proceeds will be given to Jagger's family.
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