In life, when the cards are bad, you can either fold or bluff like a pro. Wade Hayes beat cancer twice and wrote about it.

“It’s wonderful that I’m alive today, and I know I’m not the only one. There are thousands of people just like me. This disease has hit home for so many of us. As a part of the video, I want to include photos of my friends and fans who have also walked this road.” ~ Wade Hayes

Wade Hayes released his first album in five years on Mar 3, 2015. The new record, Go Live Your Life, was dropped in time for Colon Cancer Awareness Month. For those that might not be aware, Wade was diagnosed with colon cancer roughly four years ago. There are eleven songs on this album. Wade had his hands in writing the songs out right or co-wrote the others with the likes of Jeff Bates, Kenny Beard, Paul Bogart, Terri Jo Box, Ward Davis, Steve Mandile, Bobby Pinson and Roger Springer.

As the label said in their own words, “In December of 2011, at age 42, Wade was diagnosed with advanced colorectal cancer. Successful surgery and chemotherapy removed the cancer. A year later, Wade was devastated to learn the cancer had returned. He received additional treatments, and today he has no evidence of disease.”

Wade partnered with Genentech to raise awareness and money to help people with advanced colorectal cancer. For every download of the “Go Live Your Life” song on iTunes, Genentech will donate one dollar (up to $50,000) to the Colon Cancer Alliance Blue Note Fund, a non-profit that supports people with advanced colorectal cancer. Wade will be involving his fans in the upcoming music video for the song “Go Live Your Life.” He has asked fans to send photos of themselves if they are cancer survivors, or of special survivor friends or family.”


“After getting through the years of ill health and bad luck, I’m kind of laser focused right now. Getting sick has changed me immensely. It’s as if I’m looking through different eyeballs now. I appreciate everything so much more. I realize how much I took for granted.” ~ Wade Hayes

According to the American Cancer Society, colon cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in the US. It is also the second leading cause of cancer death in men and women. They estimate over 93,000 people will be diagnosed in 2015 and almost 50,000 will die. However, it doesn’t need to be this way. 80% of all colon cancer cases can be prevented through early detection and is one of the most treatable forms of cancer. You should talk to a doctor about pre-screening, especially if you are over 50 or have a family history of colon cancer.

Stay tuned for the National Country Review’s take on the new album.

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About The Author

After getting the photo bug in the far, past days of black and white film, Erich continued to develop his eye for photography which lead to stops in the sporting, art, wedding, and eventually concert music worlds. Now, doing more writing for National Rock Review, he has entered into the journey of getting to know the artists and the industry, not just the faces on the other side of the lens.