ABrighouse man who overcame cancer 18 years ago is organising a special concert to raise money for the hospital ward where he was treated. Paul Muszanskyj, a graphic designer and musician, is putting the finishing touches to the evening of music and fun which will be held on Saturday, June 22 - the 18th anniversary of his remission from cancer. Paul, of Bailiff Bridge, was 33 when he was diagnosed with lymphoma in 1995. For the next six months, he was treated by the specialist cancer team on Ward 15 at Bradford Royal Infirmary.
Now, as well as raising funds for the oncology ward, he wants the evening to be a celebration of the work of staff and the survival of patients who have battled the disease.
“The objective is simple - to raise as much money as possible to support the vital work of ward 15 at BRI as they continue to help patients and their families live and cope with cancer.
“But I also want the evening to provide a real insight into the work of the doctors and nurses in Bradford. The event will include patients’ stories of those who have battled or who are battling this disease.”
Paul plays guitar with the band Future Colours, formed in 2006. He is passionate about music and says it was music that helped him through the dark days of his illness.
“When I was struggling with the effects of chemotherapy, it really helped to immerse myself in music. Being in a band is an important part of my life and we write and perform our own songs.”
Paul said he decided to organise the concert after reaching his landmark 50th birthday last year - an event that seemed unlikely 18 years ago.
“As with all landmarks, it made me think. Ward 15 is very close to my heart and without the dedication and support of its staff and clinicians, who cared for me during my own treatment, I would not be here to tell the tale.” Consultant oncologist Dr Sue Cheesman said: “Paul is an inspiration to our patients in Bradford with cancer. He is 18 years free of cancer, but like all patients who come into contact with the Big C, he faced many issues during his journey.”
The Remission concert will be held at Farnley Sports and Social Club in Leeds on June 22, doors open at 7pm. Paul is keen to hear from local businesses who can help cover the cost of food or prizes.
For tickets or to help contact Paul on 07951 060286.