Camera Obscura Cancels Tour Dates As Carey Lander's Cancer Battle Continues

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Carey Lander of Camera Obscura performs on stage at The Forum on May 29, 2014 in London.

Lander is accepting donations to help combat her rare form of cancer.

Sad news is coming from the camp of Camera Obscura

Carey Lander, keyboardist for the Scottish indie pop band, was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma -- an aggressive form of bone cancer -- in her leg in 2011. Yesterday (Aug. 20), the group announced plans to "shelve all work commitments for the time being."

This includes canceling its Oct. 2015 tour dates, originally set for Mexico and California.

"We're really sad to disappoint our fans but I'm sure everyone will understand that Carey's health needs to come first at this time," vocalist Tracyanne Campbell said in a post on the band's official Facebook page. "We hope we can come back one day and play for you."

Lander had been performing and writing new music with Camera Obscura in the time since her diagnosis; recent developments, however, are forcing her to pause. Sadley, Lander opines it's "probably too late" for her, but she wants people to donate toward finding a cure. She has set up a JustGiving page where supporters can donate to her cause. It also features the following message:

Thanks for taking the time to visit my JustGiving page.

In 2011 I was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma in my leg. It's an aggressive form of bone cancer that's treated with a very harsh regime of chemotherapy and surgery or possible amputation of the affected limb. Particularly horribly, it's a cancer that most commonly occurs in children and because of its rarity, receives scarce attention or funding and there has been very little in the way of new treatments developed in the last 30 years. It's probably too late to help me, but it would be great if we could find something in the future that means children don't have to undergo such awful treatment and have a better chance of survival.

I've been quite fortunate in that I have been able to have periods of living something of a normal life in the last 4 years and to continue playing with Camera Obscura. Being able to record the album we had started working on before my diagnosis, and to travel and play shows again has been amazing, and I'm very grateful to everyone that's bought out records, come to our concerts or supported us in some way. Sadly, my illness is here tripping me up again and I feel like it's time to tell people a bit more about it and see if I can raise a bit of cash to help others in a similar situation. I'm hugely grateful for any donations you feel like making. Thank you.

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they'll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they'll send your money directly to the charity. So it's the most efficient way to donate – saving time and cutting costs for the charity.