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In a post on his Fan Asylum website, Steve Perry, the former Journey frontman talked about getting the news from his doctor, as well as his relationship with a woman who recently passed away from cancer.
"Three weeks ago a routine mole was taken off my face and the lab report came back Melanoma skin cancer," Perry wrote. "I’ve had two surgeries in two weeks to remove all the cancer cells and I’ve been told they think they got it all and no other treatments are required."
The news was especially hard for him, as his girlfriend, Kellie Nash, whom he met filming a 2011 Lifetime breast cancer special called "Five," where she was spoke on camera about her three-year battle with the disease.
Though she had been in remission when they met, Nash’s cancer soon returned, spreading to her lungs and bones. After more than six months of radiation and chemotherapy, she passed away in December.
"On Sunday I was a bit depressed because Kellie’s birthday was coming up so I went for a drive and ran into Martha Quinn at a street fair," he wrote. "It was so great to see her and in a few short moments I told her most of this story. She asked if I’d take a picture with her and I said, 'If you don’t mind my face scar.’ She said, 'Not at all.'"
The occasion left Perry in better spirits, and he was inspired to share the story on his site. The singer, has since been succeeded by several Journey lead vocalists, including current member Arnel Pineda, added that he plans to add more in the near future.