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Music Beats Cancer: Jonas Brothers

Music Beats Cancer

The Jonas Brothers are among the best-known bands in the pop-rock industry today, and not without reason. They’ve sold more than 17 million albums worldwide since their formation in 2005. Consisting of three brothers — Kevin, Joe, and Nick — the Jonas Brothers released four albums and were nominated for the Best New Artist award at the Grammy Awards in 2008. They also were the stars of Disney Channel movies Camp Rock and Camp Rock 2, as well as the series Jonas.

Unfortunately, the band split in 2013, and the brothers pursued solo projects. However, they recently reunited to celebrate a monumental event in their own family. The song Sucker debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, which is a significant achievement for the brothers who were inspired by their father’s battle with colon cancer. They released the song in March, to mark the beginning of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

In 2017, Kevin Jonas Sr. was diagnosed with stage-2 colon cancer. He had to undergo surgery and six months of chemotherapy before he defeated cancer and entered remission. He was 52 years old when diagnosed, and it had been his first colonoscopy that detected cancer, exemplifying the importance of regular medical check-ups.

“When I found out about my dad’s diagnosis, it was a balance of hope and real concern and fear,” Nick had stated about his father’s illness. “I pray that no one else ever has to go through that.”

Even though this was their first close encounter with cancer, the Jonas brothers had supported cancer charities well before their father got sick. They’re big supporters of Stand Up to Cancer and other cancer-related charities. In 2008, they performed on a special concert along with Miley Cyrus, to benefit the City of Hope in L.A.

They’ve also established their foundation, Change for the Children, aiming to help children develop confidence, will to succeed and determination in the face of adversity. The Jonas brothers donated 10% of their earnings to their foundation, which encourages contributions to American Diabetes Foundation, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Nothing But Nets, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Nick Jonas is Bayer Diabetes Care diabetes ambassador, as he was diagnosed with type-1 diabetes when he was 13. He even testified in the Senate to provide more funding for the research of diabetes. He’s also a massive supporter of Do Something, like his other brothers. They filmed public service announcements for the charity, inviting teenagers to donate jeans for the homeless, as well as to promote their Battle of the Bands campaign to improve the nation’s music education.

The Jonas Brothers are a great example of how a band can use its fame for a good cause. Not only do they raise funds for different charities, including their foundation, but they also use their songs and social media influence to raise awareness of cancer and other illnesses. Sometimes it’s some star power influence that the world needs to make a positive change, and Jonas brothers provide it. That is why they are glaring examples that need to be followed and respected to make the world a better place.

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