The Story

The year spanning from February 2011 to February 2012 is my Cancer Year. On February 19th 2011, I married my beautiful wife, Audrey—she was born in July, which makes her a Cancer. Less than a week later, while we were on our honeymoon, I developed a cough. Shortly after, I learned that the cough was caused by Hodgkin’s lymphoma, which is a blood cancer. Chemotherapy followed and on February 6, 2012, I was told I had “No Evidence of Disease.”

It might seem silly to mention that my wife is a Cancer, but there is a poetic truth and beauty in it. The Cancer Year is not a year marked by disease; it is a year marked by the unity of Joy and Suffering—not joy and suffering experienced alternately, but together, united. So far, marriage and cancer have served the same purpose, namely, to unite me with Christ on the Cross. The consolation of accompanying Christ in spirit at a place where He was physically alone is so sweet, like nothing I’ve known.

Yet, spiritual things aside, there is a practical need; cancer treatment comes with a serious financial cost and my little family has not been able to absorb it all. By purchasing this project you are literally helping to set us free from a very real burden.

I am also incredibly thankful to the fantastic community of musicians who have helped put this together. Foremost, Nathan Thomas, who produced and mixed all of the original tracks. Secondly, to the artists— Audrey, Erin, Marshall, and Matt—and to the rest of the team: Joey Sanchez, Keithon Stribling, Jeff Owen, Michael Alvarado, Carissa Rae, Kurt Storey, and Dan Coutant.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

The Album

The Cancer Year

  • 1. Audrey Assad - Until You Came Along
  • 2. Erin Gauvin - Burden
  • 3. A Wild Wood - Fireman's Son
  • 4. Matt Maher - Because of You