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Blues legend to perform at benefit concert to raise money for cancer treatment

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

Blues fans know the local legend.

Larry McCray has been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

McCray’s long time friend and fellow musician, Mike Thomas and his wife Linda are throwing a fundraiser this Sunday to raise money for McCray's medical treatments.

"It's gonna be a good time," Thomas said.

The event is called “Keep the Music Alive” and it’s taking place at the Dow Event Center in downtown Saginaw. The concert will feature several musical acts including McCray himself.

Nearly 100 percent of the proceeds will go directly to McCray’s medical expenses.

Dr. Jay Nayak treats cancer patients at Covenant Health in Saginaw.

“About one in six men in their lifetime will be diagnosed with prostate cancer,” Nayak said.

The reasons are unknown, but the risk of getting prostate cancer goes up for African-American men.

The good news is it’s highly treatable, but the bad news is, if left untreated, it could be fatal.

"It also tends to be more aggressive in African American men and is also somewhat deadlier in African American men compared to whites and Hispanics," Nayak said.

Nayak said men over 50 should get screen.

McCray’s prognosis looks good. He’s getting surgery later this month to remove the caner and doctors are hopeful he’ll make a full recovery.

His friends and family are counting on it.

"We love Larry to death and can't imagine him not being here... so that's what it’s really all about," Thomas said.

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