Tower of Power Star Needs Help With Cancer Battle
Conte was diagnosed with leukemia a few months ago and is also an insulin-dependant diabetic and the band have updated fans on how they can help Conte in his fight.
Tower of Power are asking for donations to cover Conte's medical expenses including expensive medication. They report that he is responding well to the treatment and set up a Paypal donation link which they say 100% of the money collected will go to his medical expenses.
Conte had this message for fans: Around the beginning of July I took some routine blood tests to check my diabetes and doctors discovered that I had abnormal white blood cell counts. I was hospitalized for 3 days in LA and had to undergo 2 bone marrow biopsies, an ultrasound of my liver and spleen and lots of blood tests. It was determined that I had leukemia. They put me on a medicine called Imatinib 400mg. I have been on it for about 6 weeks and can tolerate the side effects. It has sent my blood levels back to normal for the this period of time. The meds are very expensive but the good news is that I can stay alive as long as I continue taking them. I don't have health insurance because of being diabetic. I am starting to get some help from some of my friends to get me through these hard times. I appreciate any help given. Read more and donate here.