Death of prominent brain tumour singer and songwriter David M Bailey
The international brain tumour community is
mourning the death of one of its greatest heroes,
US singer and songwriter David M Bailey, who
passed away on Saturday morning in Virginia.
David was 44 years of age. He leaves a wife Leslie and two children.
At age 30 David was diagnosed with a glioblastoma
multiforme brain tumour, one of the most deadly of all cancers.
Given only six months to live he went in search
of new therapies and expert specialists. His
diagnosis coincided with the then development of
the new chemotherapy temozolomide and
he was one of the first patients in the USA to
access it. He survived for 14 more years and was
an inspiration to many newly diagnosed brain tumour patients around the world.
As a result of his diagnosis, David left his job
and embarked on a highly successful singing and
songwriter career and produced 18 albums of his music.
He had a deep Christian faith which often found
expression in his music, which he performed at
brain tumour events and benefits and
Church-sponsored concerts around the world.
He once said that the important things to him
were: faith, family and friends, and the future.
“I stopped asking ‘Why me?’ and changed the question to ‘What now?’,” he said.
In 2000, with the support of prominent
neuro-oncologists, he wrote an article in the
journal Neuro Oncology encouraging clinicians to
be more positive in the way they interacted with
brain tumour patients. His heartfelt plea remains
current and the International Brain Tumour
Alliance reproduced the article in a magazine for
clinicians, surgeons, patients and caregivers
that was distributed in 83 countries earlier this year.
The co-directors of the IBTA Mrs Kathy Oliver (UK)
and Mr Denis Strangman
(Australia) said they were distressed to learn of
David’s passing. “David was a hero to many brain
tumour patients and their families around the
world, he was a beacon of hope and encouraged
others to believe that they also could challenge
a dismal prognosis,” they said.
“Brain tumours need a greater research focus and
patients who have this cancer need greater
support. Unfortunately you cannot screen for a
brain tumour, its causes are largely unknown, nor
can you prevent it by a healthy lifestyle,
fitness, or a good diet. Those things might apply
to some cancers but brain tumours are among the
less common and less researched cancers and
require a specialised focus,” they said.
Sunday, 3 October 2010
There is also a Wikipedia article about him