Electronic Music Star DJ DiJiTAL Announces Cancer Diagnosis & Support From the LIVESTRONG Foundation
APRIL 1-7 IS NATIONAL YOUNG ADULT CANCER AWARENESS WEEK
AUSTIN, TX–(Marketwired – Apr 2, 2013) – Renowned disc jockey and music producer Adir Tal, better known as DJ DiJiTAL, today announced that he has been battling testicular cancer since his diagnosis on Feb. 14, 2013. The 24-year old has kept up a fast-paced touring schedule during treatment and chose to announce his diagnosis during National Young Adult Cancer Awareness Week in order to inspire other young people facing cancer to be strong and positive. He also highlighted the help he has been receiving from the LIVESTRONG Foundation through its free cancer support services, in which anyone affected by cancer — whether you have cancer, or are a loved one, friend, health care professional or caregiver of someone diagnosed — can receive confidential, one-on-one guidance dealing with the emotional, financial and practical challenges that accompany a cancer diagnosis.
DJ DiJiTAL said the LIVESTRONG Foundation has “been incredible to me. They’ve helped me anywhere from teaming me up with some of the greatest doctors in the world to just talking to me.”
“With the platform of LIVESTRONG behind me, it’s allowed me to open up and go public with it and help other people. I want to encourage other people to live life to the fullest, to go and care a little bit more about their health,” he said.
“This is an opportunity for me to really do something bigger, something more influential, something that I can actually help you with, help people that do have cancer, help people that don’t have cancer, help someone be more positive in their day-to-day life. I want you all to know that my spirits have never been higher and I will not allow something like this to slow me down on my path to fulfilling my dream.”
“We are honored to be supporting such a spirited and strong individual and look forward to working with DJ DiJiTAL in our continued fight for adolescents and young adults who are affected by cancer,” said LIVESTRONG Foundation President & CEO Doug Ulman. “This age group is affected at one of the most critical times in their lives, and we are glad that DJ DiJiTAL is joining our efforts as a key voice calling for more efforts to address their needs.”
Adolescents and young adults diagnosed with cancer are often caught between the worlds of pediatric and adult oncology. Factors that impact survivorship in young adults include lack of insurance, less participation in clinical trials and delayed diagnoses. They may face a variety of unique long-term effects that will need to be addressed over their lifetimes, such as reentry into school or the workforce, insurance coverage issues, infertility as a result of treatment, neurocognitive effects or secondary malignancies.