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He hustled for years with his band and it finally paid off.
Andrew McMahon and his band Jack’s Mannequin had embarked on their first U.S. headlining tour. In the middle of the tour, Andrew checked into the hospital for what he originally thought was just exhaustion and laryngitis. It was worse. Andrew was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. He was 22.
Despite being off the tour, his first album, “Everything in Transit” still sold 250,000 copies. Now, four years later, post stem-cell transplant and chemotherapy, Andrew is in remission and has a new album, “The Glass Passenger.” Now, he’s headlining a group he never thought he’d be fronting, the Dear Jack Foundation, to raise money and awareness for cancer research.
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