I know this is a cancer blog not an entertainment website! Don’t worry, I haven’t become confused. BUT, I was just streaming the latest episode of The Voice when I got a pleasant surprise. A contestant named Andrew Marshall was heading into the battle rounds. In advance of the performance, the show ran backstory snippets on the participants. Hey! Andrew Marshall (now 21) was diagnosed with leukemia as a teenager and went through three years of treatment. We saw pictures of him hooked up to an IV. Ah, the halcyon days of chemotherapy! (Yes, I’m joking.)
You couldn’t tell Andrew had been through any illness by his vocals! I was impressed. In my opinion, he clearly won the match. Of course, his opponent did a good job as well, putting coach Nick Jonas in a hard spot. Jonas came down against Marshall in a close decision. I was gutted! Then …
Boosh! Blake Shelton, in his 20th season and the only remaining original coach on the popular show, pressed his button to steal the leukemia survivor for the Shelton team. Fantastic! We’ll see Andrew in the next round. I hope Marshall makes it through to the audience voting portion of the show. Then we can all show our support for a cancer survivor in a very different kind of battle.
It’s a pleasure to see a fellow patient moving beyond the disease and living his life to the fullest. That’s something we should all be trying to do no matter where we are in our journey.
The next opportunity to see Andrew take on The Voice is Monday night at 8/7c on NBC. The show can also be streamed via NBC’s Peacock and Hulu.