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Nov 23, 2009 12:01 PM by sleonard

Benefit the Boogie

David Egan has been writing and singing the blues for most of his fifty five years. Egan grew up in a musical household but it wasn't until he was 19 that he made the decision to make it his profession. Since then the Shreveport native has been all over the country singing his music but his talents landed in Lafayette.
He has released two albums and never turns down an opportunity to entertain a crowd.
Egan says music is his life but five years ago that was all threatened. David is talking about a career that has seen him surrounded by smoke.
It goes with the territory.
He admits he used to light up so doctors told him all that put him at high risk for lung cancer.
He was screened for it.
An X-ray revealed the singer had cancer once doctors removed a portion of Egans right lung they told him he had Adenocarcinoma-- the most common type of lung cancers seen in non-smokers. Every year one thousand Louisianians die from second hand smoke.
Cancer free for five years Egan wants to make sure other musicians don't become statistics. Partnering with organizations like the Louisiana Cultural Economy Health Care Initiative Egan is trying to create awareness about smoking in bars.
He's also raising funds to pay for lung screenings for musicians. The first annual Benefit the Boogie is what Egan likes to think of as a sharp key to saving fellow musicians lives, he's hoping everyone hears the melody and starts humming along. If you would like to make a donation to "Benefit the Boogie" you can contact the Louisiana Cultural Economy Health Care Initiative.

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