Irish group Celtic Thunder inspires cancer patient to draw on her talents, cope with illness

PLAINWELL — Tanya Star McCall remembers lying in bed one evening in August 2007, shortly after she began chemotherapy for breast cancer, and thinking, “I don’t have a reason to fight this.”

“No husband, no kids, no job, no hair, no hope,” she said. “I was just sitting there, bawling, flipping through the TV channels.”

She came across a PBS special on Celtic Thunder, an Irish singing troupe that performs traditional Irish ballads and classic and contemporary American music.

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