Cancer Survivor In The SpotlightWhen Corinna Caracci was diagnosed with cancer at just 20 years of age, she decided to "Make A Wish" -- never dreaming it would come true more than 20 years later.
If you were at the recent Chicago concert at the Palace Theater in Albany, you might have seen Corinna up on stage as she was singing alongside one of her favorite bands. Fighting back the nerves of singing in front of thousands, Corinna found herself enjoying an unforgettable experience.
Wondering how she came about getting the opportunity to sing along with Chicago that night? We caught up with Corinna for a 10 Questions interview about the experience, and here's what she had to say...
- Are you local?
Yes - I grew up in Brooklyn, NY and went to college at SUNY Oneonta, did some post graduate work at SUNY Albany and now work for SUNY New Paltz.
- How did you get the opportunity to appear on stage?
There was an opportunity to sing on stage with Chicago if you were the highest bidder to raise money for breast cancer. I found out about it at their last concert in August. I never thought I would be the winner...This is a dream come true for me.
I had cancer when I was 20, over 20 years ago. I was given the opportunity to make a wish, and mine was to meet my favorite group, "Chicago." Unfortunately, I was unable to have that wish granted due to my illness. 20 years later, not only has my wish come true but I have the amazing opportunity to sing on stage alongside with my favorite group...and best of all I got to raise money for this incredible cause.
Of course, all this was not possible without all the support and generosity of my friends and family. They made this wish possible with their donations.
- How long have you been a Chicago fan?
Ever since I was 17 (over 25 years)
- How long have you been singing?
I'm not a singer. :)
- Was this your first time on stage? Were you nervous?
Yes it was, and yes I was!
- Do you give to charity often, or does Chicago's charity foundation have a special place in your heart?
I do give often to many charities. I feel as if I am so fortunate, being a cancer survivor, and I love to give back as much as I can. I organize a holiday gift giving to children less fortunate, and I have many people help to provide a Christmas for those who would not normally have one without their generosity. I also do charity work for Make A Wish Foundation, Zumbathon's for MS and Breast Cancer and teach self defense for women.
- Did you get to meet the band? If so, what was it like?
Yes I did! They were amazing, so nice and personable. I made them an album of all the years I have seen them in concert and had taken their photos....They were very touched and enjoyed seeing themselves through my eyes over the years.
- Which song of theirs did you sing, and why?
If You Leave Me Now....they chose the song for me.
- Did anyone get a video of your performance? Is it on YouTube or Facebook anywhere?
My firends and family came to see me and support me...which was awesome having them there....I will put it on YouTube soon.
- In a word, how would you describe the entire experience?
I'm sure it was unforgettable, and it seems Corinna was the perfect person to receive that unforgettable experience. I'm sure it's a memory she will cherish forever!
If you could sing along with a band or artist of your choice, which one would it be?