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Billy BrimblecomBilly Brimblecom has been playing the drums for more than 20 years. He has had the opportunity to play with many talented musicians and producers over the years and has toured all throughout the U.S. as well as Japan, Europe, and Canada playing music.
In 2005, Billy discovered he had a tumor in his leg and was diagnosed with a type of cancer called Ewing’s Sarcoma. To save his life, his left leg was amputated above the knee. Billy is now cancer free. Remarkably, with the help of a state-of-the-art prosthetic leg, his playing was not affected by the loss of a limb. His passion for music is stronger than ever. His leg has become a conversation starter that has helped him connect with others in very unique ways he never thought imaginable. Given the opportunity, he wouldn’t change a thing. He loves to meet new people and hopes to use music to inspire others to overcome obstacles and challenges.
Midway through the treatment, Brimblecom got even more staggering news: Unable to arrest the spread of the cancer in his lower leg, his doctors would have to amputate at the knee. Everyone was stunned. But, Suptic says, “Billy quickly realized, as he puts it, that it was either a funeral for him or a funeral for his leg, so he had the surgery.” Now cancer-free, Brimblecom has been fitted with a state-of-the-art, computer chip-enhanced prosthetic. “When you see him onstage, you’d never know,” Suptic attests.