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12/10/14 Aslan's Christy Dignam and his daughter Ciara at the Torch of Hope Walk in aid of the ARC Cancer Support Centres, at CHQ in Dublin

12/10/14 Aslan's Christy Dignam and his daughter Ciara at the Torch of Hope Walk in aid of the ARC Cancer Support Centres, at CHQ in Dublin

12/10/14 Aslan's Christy Dignam and his daughter Ciara at the Torch of Hope Walk in aid of the ARC Cancer Support Centres, at CHQ in Dublin

Aslan frontman Christy Dignam is facing serious financial woes this Christmas as medical bills for his cancer treatment take their toll.

The singer has admitted that growing medical expenses have left him broke and he is getting increasingly concerned about how he will provide for his family.

Last year the 53-year-old was diagnosed with Amyloidosis, a blood disorder that can lead to life-threatening organ failure.

Performing

Despite the illness, Dignam explains that he has no choice but to keep performing, even when he doesn't feel well enough for the task.

"Sometimes I'd prefer to stay at home and not gig but financially I have no choice. I don't want to die leaving them (family) a load of bleedin' bills.

"I'm going to try and sort that all out before I go" he said.

The singer also revealed that another benefit night might have to be organised for him next year, despite one already being held last year.

In June 2013, musicians from across the country gathered for the Night for Christy to raise money for the singer's medical costs.

Another benefit night wouldn't be something he'd particularly want, but admitted that given his financial situation he might have no choice but to repeat the Night for Christy in 2015.

"It's not something I'd necessarily want to do. The first one could never be repeated but I might be forced in to it", he said.

Dignam also raised concerns about his health, suggesting that this Christmas could be his last one.

He has found himself recently wondering, "Is this my last Christmas because the cancer I have is incurable".

"It's just a matter of trying every day to hold it back. There is simply nothing that can be done but you don't waste your days wondering 'why me'. That's just the way it is," he explained.

Valuable

However, one thing the diagnosis has done is put his life into perspective, and helped him realise how valuable his wife Kathryn and daughter Kiera can be when times are tough.

"Family is a huge thing. It's what I focus my life on now" Christy said.

"This Christmas and the New Year, my wife, my daughter, my grand-children - on a personal level, they got me through the last few years," he added.

rschiller@herald.ie


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