ATLANTA (AP) -- Eddie Montgomery of the country duo Montgomery Gentry thought he was only getting a sore hip checked out when his doctor spotted a "shadow" on his X-ray. It turned out to be prostate cancer.
The singer was diagnosed in November, a time he describes as one of the most frightening of his life. But he was able to have the tumor surgically removed.
"When you hear the `C' word, you don't believe it," said Montgomery, who is a father of three. "You don't know how bad it is. I thought about my kids. It was tough to hear that I had gotten cancer. But we were able to find the cancer in its very early stage and had it removed. ... I'm glad I got tested early enough before it was too late."
Now as a cancer survivor, the 47-year-old Montgomery and partner Troy Gentry want to bring awareness to the disease through a free concert. The concert is after the Atlanta Braves-Texas Rangers game on Sunday in support of Major League Baseball's contest, "My Dad, My MVP."
Prostate cancer survivors who registered through the Braves' web site are able to attend the game for free. As part of Father's Day, the platinum-selling group will take part in an on-field ceremony for the "My Dad, My MVP" winner.
"I'm a huge fan of these guys," said Braves second baseman Dan Uggla, who said he'll stick around to watch the concert. "Now that I know these guys, I'm proud to say that I'm friends with these guys. They're very genuine. I hope the people at the concert will be able to grasp their message."
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