Mark Howard, the Grammy-winning and Juno-nominated producer and engineer who has worked with everyone from Bob Dylan and U2 to The Tragically Hip and Willie Nelson, has organized a benefit concert featuring Sarah McLachlan, Randy Bachman, Sass Jordan, Sam Roberts and Ian Thornley, to be held at Toronto’s Roy Thomson Hall tomorrow (Saturday, Oct. 6).
The Mark Howard & Princess Margaret Cancer Centre Grand Concert will raise funds and awareness to help advance immunotherapy medicine — using the immune system to fight cancer — something with which the Manchester-born, Hamilton-raised individual is all too familiar: Howard has been undergoing the treatment since December after being diagnosed with stage four melanoma cancer, an aggressive skin cancer. Funds raised go to Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, earmarked for immunotherapy.
In an exclusive interview, Howard, 54, reveals that within three weeks of being diagnosed, the cancer had spread to his liver, spleen and brain. Read the interview conducted by Nick Krewen on the SamaritanMag website.