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Singing cancer away

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – A choir group made up of singers who either have cancer or have beaten it is making a debut tonight.

The choir is a sort of therapeutic escape for singers.

Musician Diane Lines helped set up the choir and says music a way to let go. “I think music is a very powerful tool for people. Just in terms of your health, it gets you breathing. It’s a community thing, it’s a social thing. It’s uplifting… Although we are not looking at treating people, we’re really looking at just having fun and forgetting about the cares of the day.”

She says her friend Margaret Short came up with the idea. “She wanted to start a choir for people with cancer and people who are cancer survivors to just come once a week, and check their cancer at the door and just sing.”

Tonight at 7 is the first performance for Songcology at Aspenwood Elementary in Port Moody, a fundraiser for vulnerable schools in District 43.