Song for cancer: ‘Heartbroken’ friend pens powerful ballad after death of Manchester pal in aid of relief therapy

By Danielle Wainwright

A dedicated friend who lost her childhood pal to testicular cancer has released a powerful ballad to help sufferers relieve their pain.

Rozzie Joyce, 34, from Whalley Range, was devastated after the loss of 33-year-old DJ Duncan Wilson (pictured below) in March.

She penned Snowflake in the hopes of raising money for cancer research UK in their efforts to relieve pain through improved cancer therapy.

So far the ballad has sold £300 of download sales and racked up 1,200 hits on YouTube and Rozzie hopes that the song and its accompanying video will be a fitting tribute to his memory.

She said: “It was heartbreaking to see him in such distress on the day he lost his battle with cancer.

“He was a warm, lovable guy who really cared about other people.”

To thank the support from people who have bought the single, Rozzie attached photos of cancer sufferers she found from participant on social media sites to highlight the effects of the devastating disease.

“The response so far has been phenomenal and I would like to extend a huge and heartfelt thank you to everyone who has got behind this project,” she said.

“If someone has been affected by cancer, downloading Snowflake is a positive step towards reducing the pain felt by cancer patients by developing better therapies.”

Listen to the Snowflake video here:

Dr Sam Godfrey, Cancer Research UK’s Science Communication Manager, said: “Reducing the pain experienced by people with cancer during treatment is an important goal for Cancer Research UK. 

“Our aim is to develop gentler, more targeted therapies with fewer side effects than conventional treatments. We hope people will get behind Rozzie and download Snowflake in aid of this very worthwhile cause.”

To listen to Snowflake, you can also visit Proceeds will go direct to Cancer Research UK to help fund trials into pain relief for cancer sufferers.

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