Tenor delights Daffodil Place

Andrew Robinson
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John McDermott’s Wednesday show in St. John’s to benefit local residence for cancer patients

Canadian tenor John McDermott went straight from the airport to Daffodil Place in St. John’s Tuesday evening after his flight arrived later than expected.

That’s because McDermott understands the importance of having a place where cancer patients can stay while seeking treatment away from home.

“My sister Alice was misdiagnosed with cancer, so they were focusing on a secondary tumour and not the primary tumour,” he said while taking a break between songs.

“When they did finally figure it out, they were too late.”

She died in 2000. The family had hoped to place her in hospice care prior to her death, but nothing could be found.

“My two nieces, who were in their mid-teens, became young adults and lost their teen years because of being who they were. They had to be the caregivers for their mother.”

McDermott’s arrival Tuesday came a day before his scheduled performance at the St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre. Billed as “A Family Christmas,” proceeds from tonight’s concert will benefit four groups, including Daffodil Place.

“I just love the idea of this place, and I wish it had been around and I wish there had been more of them many, many years ago,” said McDermott, who was born in Scotland and moved to Canada with his family at the age of 10.

The internationally renowned singer’s presence Tuesday was appreciated by those who watched him perform in the Daffodil Place cafeteria.ø

Matthew Piercey, executive director of the Canadian Cancer Society Newfoundland and Labrador (CCS-NL), said it meant the world to him and those staying at Daffodil Place to host McDermott for a performance.

“You are now a part of our family, and you can come here whenever you want,” he told McDermott prior to the performance.

CCS-NL will also be the beneficiary of today’s Hope for Healing Radiothon, airing on Steele Communications stations across the province.

It is scheduled to air live from the Avalon Mall in

St. John’s from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.



Twitter: @TeleAndrew

Organizations: Canadian Cancer Society Newfoundland and Labrador, CCS-NL, Steele Communications

Geographic location: Scotland, Canada

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