PLEASANT HILL (KRON) — A beloved music teacher in the East Bay is battling stage 4 prostate cancer, and to make things a little easier, the community is coming together to help raise money for his chemotherapy treatment.
The benefit concert will be held in two weeks, and on Wednesday, KRON’s Alecia Reid visited Diablo Valley College to meet with the teacher and his students.
“I’m almost anemic…where they start doing the blood transfusions, and I thought I really don’t want to be here. I don’t want to go,” music teacher Steve Sage said. “And I have every right not to be here. I can just call in sick…”
Sage has been putting smiles on faces and creating bands for more than a quarter of a century. Thousands of aspiring musicians and artists have made their way through his class.
“He’s offered an opportunity to people to live out a dream that maybe we would’ve never been able to do before,” music student Corinne Kelly said.
“To find out that he has cancer is like, wow, it gets everyone,” another student Miguel Serrano said.
Months ago, Steve announced he had stage 4 prostate cancer.
Chemo may have taken a toll on his body, but not his spirit. Days as a private music teacher and professional performer have dwindled.
Students and friends are holding a fundraiser that they hope will help pay for chemo treatment and other expenses. Their goal is $75,000.
“There’s gonna be a live silent auction, the band Journey has donated a Paul Reed Smith guitar, it’s beautiful, and all the band members signed it,” music student Michael Moore said.
The fundraiser will be held on March 13 at the Historic Empress Theatre in Vallejo.
That evening, a number of Steve’s students will be performing, and there are a few surprises planned.
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GoFundMe account —> https://www.gofundme.com/SongsforSteve
Fundraiser page —> http://empresstheatre.org/events/songs-for-steve/