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Showbiz works together to help singer with tumor

Friday, October 26, 2012, 10:37 GMT+7

A group of local well-known artists will perform at a concert titled “Cam On” (Thank You) on November 1 in Ho Chi Minh City to raise fund to help singer Wanbi Tuan Anh, who is at risk of losing his vision due to a pituitary tumor.

Last week, the 25-year-old singer released a letter sharing with his fans that he has had to say good bye to his singing career, since he has to undergo treatment for a tumor which threatens to take away his vision.

Since 2009, the singer has suffered from a rare pituitary tumor which only one in a million people in the world is diagnosed with. During these years, the disease has affected his vision, and now he cannot see out of his right eye, though he has gotten treatment at Cho Ray Hospital in HCMC and a hospital in Singapore.

The disease has become more serious recently, and threatened the vision of his left eye, so he has returned to Singapore for further treatment.

The letter has caused a stir among Anh’s fans and colleagues who have expressed their surprise over the disease.

“I knew he had a disease but I never imagined that it was so serious. What a pity for him since he’s young and has a career ahead! We, his colleagues, want to join hands to help him overcome this difficulty. Though the treatment fee is too high, we will try our best to help him,” said local pop singer Minh Hang, who will perform at the “Cam On” concert.

According to some of Tuan Anh’s friends, the expenses must be way more than the previous treatments. The treatment could cost several billion VND, but now he can’t afford it.

The concert will be held at Trong Dong Stage and will see performances from more than 30 artists, including singers Thu Thuy, Bao Thy, Ngo Kien Huy, Ong Cao Thang, Vy Oanh, Minh Thu, Hoang Thuy Linh and Khong Tu Quynh, The Voice’s coaches and contestants, bands V.Music, The Men, 365 and X5, as well as comedians Hoai Linh, Tran Thanh and Gia Bao, who will perform without payment.

Tickets will be sold at prices ranging from VND130,000 (US$6.24) to VND300,000 (US$14.4). All proceeds will be donated for Tuan Anh’s treatment.

Anh will also take part in the show and perform the song “Cam On”, which he composed as a thank you to people who have continued to support him. On October 23, ten singers including Ho Ngoc Ha, Minh Hang, Noo Phuoc Thinh and Dong Nhi recorded the song to promote the upcoming show.

For his part, Tuan Anh shared that the show “Cam On” goes beyond what he expected when he shared his story.

“I don’t think my circumstances are a pitiful story. I shared my story with the hope of raising youths’ awareness of appreciating life. They should make their life meaningful when they’re healthy,” he expressed. “There are many people who have to suffer more difficult circumstances than mine. I feel deeply grateful,” he added.

The singer also shared his optimism towards the future. “Though I don’t know how the future will be, I feel that I’m luckier than many people since I’ve got family, friends and fans by my side. No matter what will happen, I will be optimistic and live like I always have before.”

In related news, two other mini-shows at Hanoi’s Vedette Lounge on Ly Thuong Kiet Street on October 27, as well as at Diem Hen Sai Gon Lounge on HCMC’s 3/2 Street one day later, will also be held for the same purpose.

Also, an online campaign to call on donations for Tuan Anh has also been launched on many social networks. As of October 17, donations had reached VND50million (US$2,400). The fan club of singer My Tam announced that they had donated VND100million (US$4,801).  

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