What You Need to Know About Thyroid Cancer

According to the American Cancer Society, in 2010 about 44,670 new cases of thyroid cancer were expected to occur (mostly in women) and thyroid cancer will cause nearly 1,700 deaths. It is the fastest growing cancer in the United States.

For Marilyn Kirvin, what was described as “the good cancer to get” has turned into a fierce foe, leading to a multi-year battle, with multiple surgeries including a laryngectomy -- which cost her natural voice -- and two rounds of radiation.

Becky Johnson, a thryoid cancer survivor joined us today to talk about her personal battle with the disease and to tell us more about the fundraiser for Marilyn Kirvin.

Three extraordinary artists will create an incomparable night of music to raise money for a local woman as she battles thyroid cancer and raise awareness for the disease during Worldwide Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month.

Singer Shoshona Bean, guitarist Todd Haaby and local jazz favorite Tom Grant headline “Marilyn’s Voice,” a benefit for Marilyn Kirvin, a counselor and single Portland mother of two whose battle with thyroid cancer has inspired friends far and wide. The concert and silent auction will be held September 24 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Beaverton’s Performing Arts Center at the Arts and Communication Magnet Academy.

Todd Haaby is considered one of the country’s finest Flamenco guitarists, virtually creating the Nuevo Flamenco style of play. Todd performed today to give us a preview of the fundraiser. Todd performed "Streetfight" from his CD "Sola Via".

Bean was raised in Portland and is best known for her roles in Broadway smash hits such as WICKED and HAIRSPRAY. She recently released her debut solo album, “Superhero,” which reached #5 on the iTunes R&B charts.

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