Local Interest
5:29 am
Thu December 11, 2008

For Paco Strickland, the Music Plays On

Wilmington, NC – Wilmington flamenco guitarist and radio host William "Paco" Strickland is keeping up with his gigs in between chemotherapy treatments.

The host of Flamenco Cafe on the Penguin, Strickland found out two weeks ago that he has bone marrow cancer.

Still, with plenty of rest and some medications, he played two gigs Thursday, and will play another on Sunday before starting a series of chemotherapy treatments. He says music continues to be his passion and his livelihood.

"But since I've been sick, it's been more important that I make sure that I stay healthy enough to get these gigs to pay for this stuff, because, yeah, getting reimbursed from your insurance company, it's just very difficult."

Strickland says he wants to keep active.

"I'm not one to sit around and write books and be in support groups because there's just too much stuff to do."

The Wrightsville Beach Longboard Association held a fundraiser for Strickland last week. Strickland says the association is still tallying the final amount raised.

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