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Fight cancer with music

Posted: November 23, 2008 7:47 p.m.
Updated: November 24, 2008 4:55 a.m.
Local singer-songwriter Stephen Sorenson was recently diagnosed with liver cancer. The doctors gave him 12 months to live.

"He had a tumor in his eye that was diagnosed and treated 15 years ago," said Sorenson's longtime friend Jeni Seidler. "Although he was in remission, the tumor spread to his bloodstream and now is in his liver and is inoperable."

Friends and family will host a fund-raising concert in Sorenson's honor starting 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30, at Hart High School Auditorium, sponsored by local radio station KHTS and Mission Valley Bank. Doors will open at 4 p.m.

"We hope to raise some money to help him with medical bills and the cost of living, seeing as he does not have insurance and he can't work," Seidler said.

"His doctors have told him that he will not see next Christmas. Our goal is to make this event a gift that we can give to Stephen."

Local artists also want to support Sorenson in his fight against cancer. The concert lineup will include Ladykillers, Acoustic Soul, Nowhere Band, and a special appearance by John Dolnayan from System of a Down. The evening will feature a silent auction and raffle prizes.

Mike Fitzgerald and Jason Endicott will host the evening as MCs, as well as play in the show.

"It's a chance for us to do something special for a friend in need, to use our talents to help raise money for his medical costs," Fitzgerald said.

"There are few times that we get a chance to help a friend by doing something we are good at."

The concert is open to all ages, and tickets are available at the door for a minimum $20 suggested donation.

"He is so very special to all of us, some of which have been his friend for 20 years," Seidler said. "We hope to make this a wonderful experience for him. His story needs to be told."

Sorenson's friends and family are seeking more sponsors for the event.

"Stephen has lived, gone to school and worked in the Santa Clarita Valley pretty much his whole life," Seidler said. "He has brought so much happiness to people with his music for so many years. I just want to make this last year for him to be amazing."


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