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Group forms choir for cancer survivors


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ST. GEORGE — A group of Southern Utahns are using their voices to spread the news that cancer can be overcome. The unique choir titles their performance, "Sing to Live."

Each voice stems from a separate place of pain, but when joined together every hardship blends into perfect harmony.

"That burden becomes part of everybody and we share one another's burdens here," said music teacher, John Sato. "All of a sudden the mind takes over the body and you're able to take yourself away from somewhere."

"Sing for Life" is a group for those who have or are currently battling cancer.

"I was first diagnosed with Lymphoma in 1995," said choir member, Lloyd Simpson. "I had it removed from my colon. This takes away from it and gives a little free time."

Singing helps them forget the pain and something begins to happen. There are no requirements to become a member of the choir.

"We don't require that anybody sings beautifully," Sato said. "We start working toward one goal. We start believing in the song, believing in ourselves, and singing, it makes a world of difference."

"Sing to Live" is performed in St. George, but the group is hoping to grow and create other singing groups in cities where they're needed.

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