Jay McCaffrey Of Exxplorer Diagnosed With Cancer
Bassist Jay McCaffrey of New Jersey based traditional metal act Exxplorer was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cells of the bone marrow. The diagnosis came in subsequent treatment after he had suffered a back injury in a recent accident, where doctors found something on his spine.
The announcement from the band reads:
"With Love 'In Battle' For Our Brother: For the past few months, things have been a bit quiet in the Exxplorer camp. In an attempt to address the emails and inquiries we have been receiving, we feel it is best to address this head on.
"Some months back, our Bass Player Jay McCaffrey sustained an injury to his back resulting from an accident. He sought medical attention, and while the recovery was slow, it was progressing and he started to be able to get around a bit.
"Unfortunately, while treating his back injury, doctors noticed something on his spine after Jay had complained about pain he had started feeling. Through a series of tests, they were able to determine, and diagnose him with 'Multiple Myeloma,' a Cancer that starts in the plasma cells in the bone marrow.
"Jay is now undergoing Radiation Treatment in attempts to shrink the affected area. He is in good spirits, and we all have high hopes for a good prognosis after treatment has been completed. We have positive thoughts, and hope that since this was found when they weren’t looking for it, they were able to catch it early. Jay is a True Warrior, and we are confident that he will kick Cancer’s ass.
"Exxplorer had begun working on material for a new album, which will be temporarily put on the back burner until our brother is strong enough to continue with us. This in no way signals the end of Exxplorer, it is just a bump in the road while we stand with our brother in any way he needs us.
We ask that you send positive thoughts his way for a speedy and full recovery, and we look forward to resuming work on our next album and seeing you again.
Best Regards – Exxplorer – Jay, Lennie, Kevin, Mike & Fred."
Exxplorer's latest LP "Vengeance Rides an Angry Horse" was released in 2011 and the band was best known for the 1985 LP "Symphonies of Steel."
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