In August of 2017, Anita Cochran received news that no women ever wants to hear—”You have breast cancer.” Anita was diagnosed with triple positive, invasive carcinoma breast cancer and has been going through aggressive chemotherapy treatments. The singer has had to stop touring, making it difficult to make ends meet.
That’s when her good friend Terri Clark stepped up to organize a benefit for Anita called, A 90’s Country Night: Unplugged. Along with Terri, friends Clay Walker, Steve Wariner, Suzy Bogguss, Pam Tillis, Lorrie Morgan, Ty Herndon, Wade Hayes, The Lynns, Bryan White, Mandy Barnett and Crystal Gayle will gather on March 13 at Nashville’s 3rd and Lindsley to perform at the special event.
“As a part of the music community, I have played many charity events. I know how big of a heart this town has, but I never dreamed that I would one day be in the position I am now, where the music community—my peers—are coming together to help me as I battle breast cancer,” Anita told One Country. “I am humbled and grateful for the incredible friendships I have made throughout my career, and I know when I am back on my feet, I will pay it forward. I deeply thank my friends, the artists and fans for this outpouring of love.”
Anita, who hails from South Lyons, Michigan, released her debut album, Back To You on Warner Bros. Records in 1998, which featured her No. 1 hit “What If I Said”—a duet with Steve Wariner. She made country music history when she became the first female artist to produce, sing, write and play multiple instruments, including lead guitar, on that debut record.
After being diagnosed last year, Anita took to her computer and started a blog, Journey to Healing, to share her cancer experience, wanting to help others who are going through the same thing. While her journey is far from over, one of the most recent posts on her blog was on January 11, when she received her last round of major chemo treatments.
“We call today “The Final Four” because today ends the 4 chemo’s that I’ve been taking since September. I will stay on one of the chemo’s, Herceptin, until October but the side effects aren’t near as bad as the four together. Now that these are done my surgery will be determined and scheduled!”
While Anita’s prognosis is positive she will have to continue chemotherapy through the fall. We wish her a speedy recovery as she continues her fight against cancer.
Tickets for A 90’s Country Night: Unplugged—A Benefit for Anita Cochran are on sale now and available for purchase here.