He’s a singer/songwriter. A father and husband. And a cancer survivor who says his treatment “Made Me Nuclear.”
Now Charlie Lustman spends his days bringing a “Musical HOPE Campaign” to cancer centers, their patients and staff, across the country and around the world. Most recently, Charlie performed at World Cancer Day activities in at the Danish Royal Theatre in Copenhagen, Denmark.
And he’s coming to The University of Arizona Cancer Center Feb. 21 and 22 to share his powerful message of hope and life and love.
Charlie was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare form of cancer. After two surgeries, Charlie had lost three quarters of his upper jaw, potentially devastating for a guy who makes his living in the music business.
A year after his diagnosis, Charlie wrote a song about his cancer experience, and the songs have kept coming, compiled into a pop music album called “Made Me Nuclear,” and adapted into a one-man pop operetta. He began visiting cancer centers in 2007.
“I want people to be inspired to live life like they’ve never lived before and love the people who surround you,” he says.
Charlie will spend Tuesday, Feb. 21 at The University of Arizona Cancer Center – North Campus, and he will meet and entertain patients Feb. 22 at UACC -- Orange Grove in the morning and Diamond Children’s Medical Center on the University Campus in the afternoon.