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May 20, 2008

Luke Menard diagnosed with cancer

CBS News

Chapter 6 member and “American Idol” finalist Luke Menard has been diagnosed with cancer.

The handsome Season 7 contender, who was kicked off as “Idol” whittled their top 24 to a top 10, has Hodgkin lymphoma, a rep for his a cappella ensemble, confirmed to CBS news.

“Luke had a lingering cough and was having trouble breathing deeply, so he went to the doctor to have it checked out,” Jane Victor told CBS News. “The suspicion was walking pneumonia. But after a chest x-ray doctors saw a mass and did more testing, which is what led to the stage II Hodgkin diagnosis.”

Though he was booted out of “Idol” earlier in the season, Menard made several appearances in the audience of the show, as recently as last week.

Menard, 29, and his wife remain hopeful. The disease has one of the highest success rates of treatment for any type of cancer.

“They’ve been told that it’s treatable and manageable. Luke is currently in Los Angeles and plans to return home to Indiana soon,” Victor said.

What awful news. A contender for American Idol one minute, facing cancer the next. Life can be terribly unfair sometimes. So I really do try to enjoy each and every day and certainly cherish the good times - especially with my young kids. Our prayers are with you Luke.

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