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SUM 41's DAVE BAKSH Reveals His Short Battle With Cancer Earlier This Year, Offers Positive Message

"Don't be concerned, my brush with this serious disease was very short lived."

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Sum 41 guitarist Dave "Brown Sound" Baksh has revealed he had a short battle with cancer earlier this year. Baksh said he found a lump sometime around March that, after being looked at by doctors, turned out to be cancerous. Baksh said he underwent surgery to have the lump removed and has been doing very well ever since. He also offers a positive message to everyone about his ordeal and states that he's currently "cancer free," which is of course the best news. Still, we wish Baksh all the best.

"This one is a #thankyou letter to all of you. There was a time when I wasn’t sure if I could take part in our [Sum 41, Simple Plan, and Set It Off] leg of #blamecanada Tour. Around March I found a lump and had it checked out, within two weeks I went through surgery in order to get rid of a tumour that ended up being #cancer. Don't be concerned, my brush with this serious disease was very short lived thanks to the help of great doctors, a friend that helped me get a bone scan within weeks of my surgery, my family (extended included), the amazing people in #LDK (up the Kzinti!) and last but not least the emotional, physical and celery juice support that @krennykren and my wonderfully amazing gifted, did I mention wonderful kids gave me.

"Something incredible that this disease taught me is how many amazing and supportive people I have in my life. I’m beyond thankful for you and I’m forever in your debt. So as of now I’m cancer free and ready to enjoy tour life again with a fresh perspective on everything. If you have the time please pledge your support or join @krennykren and I at this year’s @relayforlife on Saturday #June11 We are attending in support of my mother who is beating cancer at this very moment and anyone else who’s life cancer has touched. The @cancersociety link for donations [can be found here]."

Sum 41 is currently working on a brand new double album called Heaven And Hell, with the Hell side being all metal (and a nod to Black Sabbath). In the meantime, you can catch Sum 41 on tour at one of the dates below.

5/3 Pittsburgh, PA, Stage AE
5/4 Silver Springs, MD, The Fillmore
5/6 Worcester, MA, The Palladium
5/7 Asbury Park, NJ, Stone Pony
5/8 New York, NY, Pier 17 The Rooftop
5/10 Detroit, MI, The Fillmore
5/11 Cleveland, OH, House of Blues
5/13 Cincinnati, OH, Andrew J Brady ICON Music Center
5/14 Milwaukee, WI, Eagles
5/15 Chicago, IL, Radius
5/17 Minneapolis, MN, Myth
5/18 Kansas City, MO, Uptown
5/20 Council Bluffs, IA, Harrah's Stir Cove
5/21 St. Louis, MO, The Pageant
5/22 Nashville, TN, Marathon
5/24 Atlanta, GA, Tabernacle
5/25 Tampa, FL, Seminole Hard Rock
5/27 New Orleans, LA, Orpheum Theater
5/28 Dallas, TX, So What?! Music Festival

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