The Decemberists' Jenny Conlee Battling Breast Cancer
May 3, 2011 at 6:05 PM (PT)
Get well wishes go out to JENNY CONLEE, accordionist and keyboard player for THE DECEMBERISTS, who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. The band intends to follow through with its SPRING and SUMMER tour dates, but CONLEE will miss the nine concerts scheduled for MAY and JUNE.
In an announcement posted to the band's website, the band's COLIN MELOY writes, "The good news is that JENNY caught it early. And while the prognosis is very, very good for a full recovery, tackling the disease will mean some intensive treatment for our JENNY as well as a lot of important recovery time."
CONLEE adds, "I am very sorry to say that I will be missing a few shows coming up as I go through treatment for breast cancer. It has been great to be on tour these past few weeks. The band and crew are like family to me and have been incredibly supportive and understanding. To be making music with everyone and seeing the fans has helped me to feel more positive and keep my mind off of my diagnosis. But, alas, as the tour winds down, it is time for me to get back to reality. I will try to get into surgery as soon as I can after we return from this leg of the tour so I can begin my recovery. There are still a few unknowns out there concerning my cancer, but I am thinking positive and hope to be back on the road soon. Thanks for all of your support! See you soon!"