Ron Hynes battling throat cancer

Tara Bradbury
Published on July 28, 2012

Ron Hynes performs at the East Coast Music Awards Sunday. - Photo by The Canadian Press

Singer/songwriter Ron Hynes will begin a rigorous treatment program next month for throat cancer, his manager says.

The Man of a Thousand Songs will begin radiation and chemotherapy mid-August.

A week ago, Hynes' manager Lynn Horne issues a statement saying Hynes was dealing with a health issue but feeling OK, and would continue with his performance schedule until a minor surgery was scheduled. He would then take a couple weeks off to recuperate, she said, declining to elaborate on Hynes' condition.

"I'm staying positive and expecting the very best outcome at this time. Thanks to all for your concern and well-wishes," Hynes said in the statement.

Horne told The Telegram Saturday morning surgery is not in Hynes' current treatment plan. All his scheduled shows for the rest of the year have been cancelled, she said, with the exception of a performance with The Wonderful Grand Band at Memorial University's Havin' a Time: Reunion variety show at Mile One Centre Aug. 11.

"I think his spirits are good," Horne said, when asked how Hynes — who is not doing media interviews at this time — was feeling. "Ron's a fighter and he's a man of great faith."

Hynes, best known for penning and performing tunes like "Sonny's Dream," is a Genie award winner and multiple East Coast Music Award winner.

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