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Published: 2006/10/24

Wally Ingram Fights Cancer

Longtime scene drummer Wally Ingram, who has toured with everyone from Stockholm Syndrome to the Animals, has been diagnosed with throat and neck cancer. While Ingram undergoes Chemotherapy treatment, a number of the drummers friends will stage a benefit at San Juan Capistrano, CAs The Coach House on November 8. As of press time, the benefits lineup includes David Lindley, Common Sense, World Anthem, and Missiles of October, among others. Considering the circumstances, Ingram is in relatively good spirits and posted the following message on his blog:

I began a 6 week Induction Chemotherapy treatment program at Cedars-Sinai in LA on Sept. 25. After 3 weeks the neck mass has responded incredibly well to the aggressive treatment, shrinking dramatically!!! I am experiencing some pretty Gnarly side-effects but this is fair trade to eradicate the beast! I will spare the gruesome details. After the 6 week deal I will undergo 7-8 weeks of Radiation/ Chemo combination treatments 5-days a week followed by a surgery to clean up any left-overs. We have an amazing team of Doctor’s and we are getting cutting edge treatment protocol. Some of these chemo drugs are not even FDA approved as yet! All good so far and we are confident that everything is going to be just fine!
I can’t say enough about the outpouring of love and support from friends, family and folks whom I’ve not even met(yet)! Laurie and I would like to sincerely thank you all for reaching out during this difficult time. Thank You So Much.
In addition, the Animals Paula O’Rourke has designed a ‘Beat It Wally!’ bracelet to rally support and donations for the Wally Ingram benefit fund. For ordering information, please e-mail

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