THE POWER OF MUSIC: “Black Eyed Peas” member Taboo released his song “The Fight” to spread awareness and speak about his personal experiences with Testicular Cancer.


The diagnosis

Following a performance in 2014 in which he felt excruciating pain throughout his body, Taboo went to an emergency room and was given a Stage 2 testicular cancer diagnosis. From there, he went through surgery and dealt with chemotherapy sessions five days a week, for 12 weeks. In 2015, he went into remission.

Taboo took his diagnosis in stride, taking it as an opportunity to change his lifestyle and work with the ACS. He altered his diet, began exercising more frequently, and made a point to spend more time with his children.

Paying homage

His track “The Fight” is an uplifting and empowering song about not taking life for granted, and appreciating where you are and how you’ve gotten there. The official video shows Taboo surrounded by joyful children in a natural setting as they smile, laugh, dance and simply enjoy the moment.

With every download of the song off iTunes, Taboo has stated that he will donate all proceeds toward the ACS to encourage cancer research and fund patient service programs. His performance on “The Doctors” also led to his first time publicly talking about his experience.

PR Newswire quoted Taboo as saying, “I'm so proud to release ‘The Fight’ because it's truly an anthem of survivorship. I want to use this song and my story to inspire and motivate people all over the world to live their best, healthiest lives possible."

In May of 2016, Taboo became a global ambassador of the ACS, where he began fundraising for the organization. After doing so, he also made plans to understand the organization and its efforts more. He toured the National Cancer Information Center in Austin, TX, went to the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Atlanta to visit patients, and performed at various Relay for Life events. These experiences are what convinced him to publicly share his story.

One of the all-encompassing themes of “The Fight” and Taboo’s tale is that those with cancer are not alone — you don’t have to fight the battle solo.