Jon Secada Supports Hepatitis C Awareness
Tue, 21 Feb 2012 11:13:56
Grammy-winning Cuban-American singer Jon Secada added his voice to a growing public health campaign to raise awareness of chronic hepatitis C infection. The condition hits home for the singer, since his father died last November due to complications associated with the disease. His father did not seek the proper medical care for his ailment and kept it a secret for far too long. He didn't even share the news with his family members and it ultimately claimed his life.
Reuters reports that Secada is joining forces with the American Liver Foundation in a campaign dubbed "Tune in to Hep C," backed by fellow singers Gregg Allman of The Allman Brothers Band and Natalie Cole, 62, the daughter of jazz legend Nat King Cole.
Secada hopes speaking out about his family's experience can help break a taboo attached to the disease and encourage greater understanding about the nature of the disease and its effects.
"My father chose not to tell anyone about his disease for a long time, and he chose not to take action against it for reasons I may never understand," he said. "By the time he was able to explore any aggressive medications it was too late."
Secada does not know how his father Jose Secada contracted the virus. He began to develop symptoms approximately eight years ago. Secada Sr. was political prisoner in Cuba for three years in the 1960s and left the island with his family in 1970.
"Before he passed away, he told me that he wanted me to share his story to help other people like him who have chronic hepatitis C but aren't taking action," Secada said. "Take it from me, you need to talk to your doctor and talk to your family."
Amen to that.
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