Former TNT singer Tony Harnell has released the following statement:
"I'm extremely excited and honored to announce that I have been chosen to be a celebrity spokesperson for the American Association Of Clinical Endocrinologists' 2013 thyroid cancer awareness campaign.
"As some of you know, I had thyroid cancer in 2009 and had successful surgery and have been cancer-free since. It's a very curable disease, but it is in the neck area, so as a singer, it was pretty traumatic, but it's not a death sentence. I didn't say anything about it to anyone outside my family 'till I was fully recovered vocally and physically, but I'm definitely not the same person as before.
"I'm so glad to be able to share my story so others can understand the disease better as it's the fastest-growing type of cancer in America.
"I'll be featured in a video news story distributed nationally during thyroid cancer awareness month in September in live newscast interviews (exact dates/times to be determined) and I'll also be the featured story in an upcoming issue of EmPower magazine, AACE's patient-facing publication distributed quarterly to 400,000+ physicians, allied health care professionals and patients/consumers.
"I have to thank my amazing Dr., Jeffrey Mechanick MD for asking me to participate in this campaign."
TONY HARNELL & THE WILDFLOWERS FEATURING BUMBLEFOOT, the collaboration between Harnell and GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal, recently released its debut album via CDBaby.com.
Check out audio samples at this location.
Since leaving TNT in 2006, Harnell has been recording hard rock, metal and acoustic rock albums and has been putting on entertaining acoustic shows to sold-out crowds in the the New York City area with his current backing group, which features guitarist Jason Hagen, Amy Harnell (vocals, percussion) and newest member, Cassandra Sotos (TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA, MARK WOOD), on seven-string electric violin.