Many of us that play guitar say “guitar is life”. For guitarist Gerard DiSalvo the saying takes on a whole new meaning. He is playing his guitar and getting more skilled as a way of living through and dealing with an incredibly hard diagnosis. He gets better with every video I see and shows the courage of never giving up and not giving in to the harsh reality he lives in. - updated 2013-12-02 03:13:01 UTC
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Interests
Guitars:
5 LTD'S
Hobbies:
Playing guitars
Television:
sports and music
Movies:
Goodfellas
Music:
Andy James
Gear (Amps, Pedals, etc):
5 LTD'S, Blackstar HT 5, and Boss ME 70
Favorite Guitar/Bass Player:
Andy James
About me:

Most of the Artist Spotlights you read here on the ESP site are about famous musicians who are known worldwide, but today, the spotlight shines on a less well known, but equally deserving guitarist. There are thousands and thousands of people who grew up playing guitar and continued playing it their whole lives, despite never have achieved fame or fortune. Truth be told, thatʼs the case with most people. We play music because designing art with sound satisfies the creative need thatʼs within us as musicians. But in the case of Gerard DiSalvo of Long Island, New York, playing guitar is more than just a hobby. According to him, itʼs whatʼs helped keep him alive and hopeful over the past five years. Gerard has stage four renal cell carcinoma. In laymanʼs terms, thatʼs advanced cancer of the kidney. His diagnosis and treatment (including a removal of the affected kidney) began in 2005, but in 2008, the news got worse; his cancer had metastasized and spread to his lungs and lymph nodes.

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