Tejano ROOTS Hall of Famer Linda Escobar announced she has been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.
The singer shared the news via Facebook on July 10, she wrote, “I saw the cancer doctor yesterday for the first time and he confirmed that I have B-cell lymphoma. B-cell lymphoma is the most common type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma and makes up 85% of Non-Hodgkin lymphoma cases. My case is VERY rare because it’s in my right eye tear duct. Only one in a million people get this.”
Escobar added that she will have a PET scan and bone marrow biopsy next week and it will take about 10 days to receive the results.
“Last week was a roller coaster ride but today, I feel very optimistic about the future outcome of my healing process,” she said. “Once we confirm what stage the cancer is at, I will begin the treatments to kill the cancer cells.”
The singer had eye biopsy surgery on July 6.
Escobar is considered by many as “La Reina” of Conjunto music and her career spans five decades beginning with her first hit “Frijolitos Pintos,” which became a gold record for the singer when she was just eight years old. The song was co-written with her father, Conjunto legend Eligio Escobar. For about 10 years, Escobar and her father toured across the United States, Mexico and Central America together. The singer, known to many as “La Reina” of Cojunto music, has recorded many albums and has garnered many awards over her long and successful career.
In memory of her father, who passed away in 1993, and all veterans, she founded El Veterano Conjunto Festival. The annual festival, held in November, benefits the Eligio Escobar Scholarship Fund, established to help young children with musical talent in Conjunto music continue their education. The festival has awarded 65 scholarships since 1999.
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