Rich Cronin, talented lead singer and songwriter for former LFO. In 2005, Rich was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia; AML is a type of cancer that invades the blood and bone marrow. An acute diagnosis typically denotes a stage of rapid progression of the disease and while Rich Cronin experienced about a year of remission after chemotherapy, Cronin suffered a relapse shortly thereafter. At the time, the most promising option was a stem cell transplant with no guarantees. Cronin proceeded with the stem cell transplant once a viable donor was located. For Rich Cronin this stem cell transplant, through the gift of this unknown donor, saved his life.
Prior to being diagnosed with AML, Rich Cronin was beginning to pursue a solo career performing, writing and producing. The AML proved only a setback, as Cronin continued to perform and write during this time and formed a debut album with Doug “Toothpick” Ray entitled Life Goes On. Since then, Rich Cronin has continued working and in 2007 was cast as a member of VH1′s Reality Show “Mission: Man Band”. Last year was Rich Cronin’s latest big production, his solo album Billion Dollar Sound.
Out of his personal battle against AML, Rich Cronin has fought the disease and developed a different take on life. In his efforts to make a difference for those suffering with AML and individuals newly diagnosed with the disease, Cronin has established the Rich Cronin Hope Foundation for Leukemia. The foundation’s goals are to promote global awareness and encourage involvement in the various Leukemia organizations. The Rich Cronin Hope Foundation for Leukemia is also dedicated to the compassion and life enrichment of individuals and the families of individuals battling AML.
Through the efforts of Rich Cronin and the Rich Cronin Hope Foundation for Leukemia, there’s more hope and support available to those in need and a greater awareness to those who are uninformed. May Rich’s life be an inspiration to others in their personal battle with AML.