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December 18, 2008

Chapter 6's Luke Menard is Cancer Free

Former “American Idol” Season 7 contender Luke Menard is cancer free. The Crawfordsville, Indiana based singer, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, just days after being voted off the FOX reality show this past March. But he told AccessHollywood.com that the holidays have brought him good news about his health.

“I’m cancer free according to my last test scan that I had,” Luke told Access down the phone from a wintry Indiana. “It’s been exciting to get that news.”

The singer, who released his sixth album With The Windows Down with a cappella group Chapter 6 on December 2, still has a little over a dozen radiation treatments to go to target the scar tissue left over following months of chemo. But, the spirited 30-year-old said he was thrilled to end 2008 on a high.

“We were always praying for this news — to be cancer free. When you’re going through chemo, it’s kind of a one-day at a time thing. You don’t know how you’re gonna feel when you wake up in the morning and sometimes you’re kind of sick and you’re throwing up. It’s hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel,” he said. “It’s definitely been a year to remember and a year to forget — being on ‘American Idol,’ and days after I was eliminated being told I had cancer. It’s been a crazy year.”

But his year was enriched by the friends Luke picked up during his “Idol” tenure; friends who came through when he received his cancer diagnosis while still in Los Angeles, following his elimination from the Top 24.

“All the producers from ‘American Idol,’ 19 Entertainment… David Cook, who won ‘American Idol,’… he has been extremely helpful, even financially with medical bills. 19 Entertainment has helped out with medical bills, so it’s been way more than I expected,” Luke said. Read more.

Posted by acapnews at December 18, 2008 12:01 AM

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