Carman Licciardello is a fighter. While he prepares for a concert tonight in Cerritos, CA, he has a lot on his mind. Better known as just “Carman,” the Christian singer/evangelist announced on February 13, that he has been diagnosed with Meyeloma Cancer on his Facebook page.
“It is incurable and I've been given a 3-4 year window of time,” he states in his post. “Tomorrow I go in for my first bone biopsy and the process will start. I used to go to movies in the afternoon, now I go see doctors.”
You may be too young to know who Carman is, but there was a time when just about every other song played on Christian radio was a Carman song and every youth group developed a pantomime performance based on his music. Since 1982, Carman has been quite the Christian showman. He has produced 27 recordings including his most recent, “Anthems of a Champion,” released in January.
The 57-year-old remained positive despite the bad news: “My life has always been about ministry. I have a call of God to touch lives with the gospel of Jesus Christ and that's what I will do until the Lord calls me home… I will always pray for the sick and I'm also going to step up the intensity of my message at these events. I will not leave this world quietly and I want the devil to know that he put cancer on absolutely the wrong Italian. I have a few good years and before it's too late I want to see your faces, shake your hands and hug your necks. But mostly I want to see one of you get healed of what threatens your future and I really want to see someone you love come to Christ. Now let’s get back to business, we have to work while its day for soon the night comes.” He also requested that fans not post treatment remedies on his page, “That would be depressing to everyone,” he said.
Carman’s tone changed a bit this week after he met with a hematologist, a cancer care specialist and a holistic doctor. “Folks, it's not looking too good. The doctors…want me on chemotherapy right away. They have also set up a meeting at the "City of Hope" in L.A. for a bone marrow transplant…. I'm still determining to be a threat to the kingdom of darkness but the landscape is filling up with more giants than even David had to face. I'm starting to understand how Davy Crockett felt at the Alamo when he and 180 Texans saw 5,000 Mexicans charging the walls. Like Davy I wanna be "The King of the Wild Frontier" too, but this ain't lookin’ pretty.”
If you have some words of encouragement, Carman would love to hear them. “I could use a good word from friends and family. So kids, you’re up to bat. I'm reading all these posts soooo......anybody got any new "Home Run" revelations right about now?”
The busy man seems to always be on tour, and that continues even today despite his health. His website lists a concert tonight in Cerritos, CA with many more to follow. Carman is definitely a fighter.