In a post on his Facebook page
early Thursday morning, Carman Domenic Licciardello, 57, known simply as Carman, publicly announced that "One week ago I was diagnosed with Myeloma Cancer."
Carman wrote, in part:
I have delayed writing this but those of you I call friends and supporters, who have prayed for me and this ministry need to know about this new battle that lies ahead. One week ago I was diagnosed with Myeloma Cancer. It is incurable and I've been given a 3-4 year window of time. Tomorrow I go in for my first bone biopsy and the process will start. I used to go to movies in the afternoon, now I go see doctors. I write these things for a few reasons. First, I want to put an end to all the rumors. Second, I ask for your prayers. And 3rd, I want you all to know that I will continue to minister and win souls until I can't do it any longer.
According to the National Cancer Institute
, "Myeloma is a cancer that starts in plasma cells, a type of white blood cell. It's the most common type of plasma cell cancer."
, a native of Trenton, N.J., has been singing since the age of 16, and became a Christian in the 1970s. Since then, Carmen has packed stadiums and churches alike where fans hear songs with "an unmistakable Gospel message."
In his post, Carman encouraged fans "to please come see me the next time I'm in your area. Bring someone who doesn't know the Lord or who needs to be healed." Further, he wrote, "I will not leave this world quietly and I want the devil to know that he put cancer on absolutely the wrong Italian. I have a few good years and before it's too late I want to see your faces, shake your hands and hug your necks. But mostly I want to see one of you get healed of what threatens your future and I really want to see someone you love come to Christ."
The NCI states
, "In 2013, more than 22,000 Americans will be diagnosed with this disease [plasma cell myeloma]." Carmen is among those 22,000, but as he states, he "will not leave this world quietly." This resolve harkens back to the first LP Carman released called "God's Not Finished with Me."
Carman will be performing live
at numerous locations February - July 2013, including Faith Church in New Milford, CT on Feb. 22, Sesser Opera House in Sesser, CA on March 1, and a free concert at Church on the Queensway in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on April 28.
Carman's latest contemporary Christian album, Anthems of a Champion
, will be available Jan. 22 in stores and iTunes.