Camera Obscura Take Hiatus as Keyboardist Carey Lander Battles Cancer
Published Aug 21, 2015Scottish indie popsters Camera Obscura have sadly announced plans to "shelve all work commitments for the time being," as keyboardist Carey Lander is undergoing cancer treatment.
They released their latest LP Desire Lines back in 2013 and have been touring behind it since, but have now cancelled upcoming shows in Mexico and California.
"We're really sad to disappoint our fans but I'm sure everyone will understand that Carey's health needs to come first at this time," said lead singer-songwriter Tracyanne Campbell in a Facebook post. "We hope we can come back one day and play for you."
Lander was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma — a rare form of bone cancer — in her leg back in 2011 and is currently undergoing aggressive treatment. She has now set up a page through JustGiving to raise awareness and funds to help others suffering from the disease.
A statement from her page reads:
In 2011 I was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma in my leg. It's an aggressive form of bone cancer that's treated with a very harsh regime of chemotherapy and surgery or possible amputation of the affected limb. Particularly horribly, it's a cancer that most commonly occurs in children and because of its rarity, receives scarce attention or funding and there has been very little in the way of new treatments developed in the last 30 years. It's probably too late to help me, but it would be great if we could find something in the future that means children don't have to undergo such awful treatment and have a better chance of survival.
I've been quite fortunate in that I have been able to have periods of living something of a normal life in the last 4 years and to continue playing with Camera Obscura. Being able to record the album we had started working on before my diagnosis, and to travel and play shows again has been amazing, and I'm very grateful to everyone that's bought out records, come to our concerts or supported us in some way. Sadly, my illness is here tripping me up again and I feel like it's time to tell people a bit more about it and see if I can raise a bit of cash to help others in a similar situation. I'm hugely grateful for any donations you feel like making. Thank you.