Claudio Roditi Needs Our Help

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Raised by 544 people in 9 months
Created May 21, 2018
As many of you in the music community may already know, the great Brazilian trumpet master Claudio Roditi has been fighting the battle of his life. Last year he was diagnosed with prostate cancer and a tumor that was considered too dangerous to remove until it could be shrunk. To make matters worse, the cancer had metastasized into his lung and lymph nodes.

 After receiving chemotherapy we were all encouraged when his numbers decreased and the tumor had shrunken some. Unfortunately this long battle started to cause additional problems and this week he was admitted to Memorial Sloan Kettering hospital in New York. His CAT scan detected the cancer growing again and he must now undergo more chemotherapy.

I am reaching out to our loving musical community for donations to help Claudio financially in his hour of need. He has not been able to work much during this terrible ordeal and his funds are nearly depleted.

Any help you can give will be greatly appreciated… and never forgotten.
Please keep Claudio in your prayers.
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Dear friends around the world,

First of all thank you for your support and love!
I want to give a special thanks to Frank Moten and John Lee for setting up this GoFundMe page and being the great friends they are.

On the first of December John Lee organized a concert called Giants of Jazz (an annual event at Sopac in South Orange). For this year he invited me to be the honoree and I immediately said YES. John invited the whole Dizzy Gillespie All Star Big Band, Paquito D’Rivera, Jon Faddis, Trio da Paz, Maucha Adnet, and a huge number of Jazz stars from our musical family. In all there were more than forty musicians. Friends also flew from Europe to attend the event. Thank you Jacques Muyal, JJ Becciolini, and more. I will be forever thankful to John Lee and the town of South Orange, New Jersey for this honor and opportunity.

In terms of my health, on Monday the 17th of December, I will start radiation therapy and chemo. This new treatment will be one month long, after that we will access the situation. I want to specially thank my wife Kristen for being the Pilar of my life.

My love to all and again, thank you!
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Dear friends from around the world,

I have started round 2 of my chemotherapy one week ago. We are using the same medicines
as last year, with the exception of the fact that I am taking my diet much more seriously this time around. What we eat gives us the fuel for our bodies and our well-being, but it also can fuel detrimental things in our system, so we need to be carefull with what we eat to ensure we are doing the best possible for our health.

I am a firm believer in Chinese medicine, therefore acupunture is a big part of my treatment, along with Western medicine treatment.

The first new song since my last update was completed a few days ago and ideas for the second one are popping up in my mind. I feel that playing the trumpet every day and composing are tools to enhance my treatment and to give me artistic fulfillment during this challenging time.

Once again, I would like to thank all of you for your contributions, for your kindness, love, friendship, and understanding. God bless you!

Claudio Roditi
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Dear friends from around the world, I am writing to say thank you for your generosity, your friendship, and your love! I have been overwhelmed by your response to my needs. Tears of joy have been appearing at any time of the day or night.

Many names I recognize as friends I haven't seen in a long time, many I’m in contact with, and some of you I don't know but hope to meet you someday.

Last year during the period I had chemotherapy, I wrote 23 new songs. Chemo will start again next week, and I intend to write many more songs this year. I have been playing gigs that are close to home (NJ/NY area), and I’m thankful to have them. My trumpet chops are still in pretty good shape because I practice every day and the few gigs that I have help me maintain endurance.

I’m so grateful to all of you. I thank you, I love you, and I hope to keep doing what I’ve been doing for so many years, because it feels that I still have a lot of music inside that wants to come out! Special thanks to John Lee, Frank Moten, John Dukich, and my wife Kristen Park.

God bless you all, Claudio
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