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September 2004

Dear Mr. Fogelberg, I heard about you being diagnosed with cancer, and I felt that I had to write. You see, you're one of my earliest memories. Well, not you specifically. I was about three, and I remember that my Mom and Dad were in our living room sitting on our couch and talking, and I remember that it was in the summer because our windows were open and warm air kept coming through them, and I remember hearing your song "Part of the Plan" playing on my Mom's record player in the background. I've heard that song hundreds, maybe even thousands of times since then, but it's never ceased to be one of my favorite songs. You've never ceased to be one of my favorite singers. I feel connected to your music somehow. It's probably because my Grandma, who is 74, picked up your first record and passed that on to my Mom who is 44 now, and she in turn, passed it on to me - I just turned 18. That's an amazing thing, if you think about it - how many lives you've touched - in my family alone. Everyone in my family rarely agrees on music - but your music, we all love. The first song of yours that I ever felt like was a part of my life is the song "Illinois." Growing up in Illinois you begin to notice that there is an insane amount of songs dedicated to New York and Los Angeles, etc. I also had to hear a lot of kids going "I can't wait to go to college in this state or that state, and get out of here!" I felt like I was the only one who I felt just unbelievably lucky to live here. Then when I heard your song, I felt so grateful that someone else appreciated every wonderful thing in Illinois. Anyway, since then you've been a favorite - your album "Souvenirs" rarely, if ever, leaves my record player. And so, I suppose I felt I had to write because you've been so present, I guess is the word, in my life. My Grandma to my Mom to me - you've touched so many aspects of our lives, and your music is so thoughtful and beautiful. So, thank you for giving me such amazing music to grow up with. You can trust me when I say that even if you never recieve another letter from me, my children will not miss out on the music of Dan Fogelberg. I know you'll come out of this strong and that you have a wonderful family who will support you. Thank you again for all that you've done in the music industry! ~ Abby U.

Dan - As a fan from your very first album I have found solace, beauty, love and hope and through the music you have given us. Through the years themes and moods prevalent on your albums seemed to mirror happenings concurrent to my own life (so closely it was scary at times!). In the end I could always find that no matter what life can throw in our path we can rise above it all to find a better tomorrow. (Ouch! Thats REALLY cliche and I apologize for not finding better words but YOU'RE the writer, not me. Hope you didn't gag!) Your music has brought me through my lowest lows and my highest highs.

I am a cancer survivor. Lying in a hospital bed at the ripe old age of 24 wondering if you were going to have a future wasn't a whole lot of fun. But belief in my caregivers, the unwavering support of my family and friends,community... even people I'd never met, kept me going. I vowed to fight with every breath I had. That battle is now 24 years behind me. The religious may say it's the power of prayer, the medical folk may say it's the power of research and modern medicine. It is truly not just one of these but all...plus it is the power of your spirit and sometimes there's even a bit of luck involved. Time now to be a fighter. Time now to believe YOU will win. Time now to find a spirit within yourself you may not realize you possessed. Your music played a big part in helping me through those difficult times. While it is frustrating that I cannot do the same for you know that I join in the thousands upon thousands of prayers for you from those who wish you love, comfort and strength as you fight this battle. I know you will come out a winner. (Besides, you owe us a concert here in the Boston area, ya slouch!) With respect, love and well wishes ~ Jeff, Stow MA

Dan- Your music has been a huge inspiration to me. You've shared manysensitive and joyous moments of your life. I pray that God gives you the strength to overcome this challenge. Your music & words will stay with your fans and me forever. My favorites: "Believe in Me"; "Make Love Stay";"Only the Heart May Know"; "Sutter's Mill"; "Forefathers" and "Rhythm of the Rain." Thank you. ~ Tony Santana- Whittier, CA.

Hi Dan, We have been a fan of yours for longer than we even want to mention. We have gone to 2 of your concerts at the Brady Theatre in Tulsa, OK. Your music is timeless and it is almost impossible to pick a favorite!! We are always hoping that we will hear that you are on tour and will be coming to Tulsa. We love all the stories you tell in each and every one of your songs and there is NOT a song on any of your albums-CDs that we do not like!! Dan, you are in our thoughts and prayers and we know that it will not be long before we hear that you are feeling great and will be back composing the GREAT MUSIC that is DAN FOGELBERG!!!! ~ J and Carole--Tulsa OK

Dan, You have been a part of my life since the early 1970's, as a teenager I listened non-stop to your music, and continue to do so. It always touches my soul. I wish now to touch you and your families soul to say, you will always be in my thoughts and prayers. I want to THANK YOU for many many years of
'heart and soul' music. You have always spoken to my soul. May you be blessed! ~ Mia

Thank you for "showing up" all these years and being the vessel through which such beautiful poetry and music came into all our lives. We've been blessed more than words could convey. Keep pushing ahead and let the healing continue. Sincerely ~ Anj in Georgia

Dear Dan and Family: This is only the second fan letter I've ever written in my life. I am 46 year old officer mobilized at Ft. Gordon helping the soldiers who are coming back from Iraq. I am a nurse. After hearing of your illness, I am compelled to let you know how I feel about you. I have been a fan of yours for many years and was fortunate to see you in concert in Nashville a few years back. I think you are the complete musician. Good rhythm, excellent orchestration skills, super pianist and guitar player. One of the most creative songwriters I've ever heard. I love you and your music. If your music is a reflection of the kind of person you are--you must be an incredible person.

I have one thing about the medical world I'd like to share with you. I have seen very old men, smokers, drinkers, and just aged, come into my hospital. They have all kinds of surgery and illnesses. Some are on deaths door upon arrival and walk out a month later on their own free will. I've seen young, healthy men, and women, come into the hospital with minor problems, minor surgery, and pass away within days. This is just my opinion, so it and 1.50 will buy you a cup of coffee down at Dennys. I think there is a definite connection between the mind and the illness. The way you think about being sick, in my opinion, can mean the difference between life and death. Do one of your fans a big favor. It is easier said than done, but try not to worry. Keep cool, relaxed. Think about how you are going to get better so we can enjoy a true musical jewel serenading us with beautiful music for many years to come. Take care and I don't think God is ready to take you just yet. You have unfinished writing to complete. ~ A soldier, musician, nurse, cancer survivor, and dedicated fan.

Dan, wishing you a speedy recovery.The world needs you and your beautiful music.Godspeed and you'll be in my prayers. ~ John McNeely.

Your music has truly been "the soundtrack of my life"...your gifts have touched my heart and soul more than I ever thought an artist could. Take comfort in those who love you and don't ever lose heart. Best wishes and deepest gratitiude. ~ Mark Mobley, Baltimore, MD

Dan - I have been a fan since I can remember. The first concert I went to (fall of '82) in Boulder, Colorado featured none other than you. I don't think any other concert has surpassed that one! Thank you so much for your music. It has inspired and touched my heart in so many ways over the years. I am looking forward to your new creations for us all to enjoy. Best wishes to you and your family. You are in my prayers. May you have a speedy and full recovery! ~ Ann from Montana.

Dan - Had the pleasure of seeing you about 8 years ago in Little Rock Ar. Your concert could not have been more perfect. Timothy B. Schmidt was with you on that tour. After spending 20 years of owning every album you've made, I can't tell you what a wonderful evening you gave us with your presence in a little bitty state like Arkansas. You did every song that was overly special to me and then some. I am only now thanking you for that. I am not sure about positive thoughts or good wishes, but I am sure of the healing power of Jesus Christ. I am not sure of your religious affiliations or beliefs, but I am praying for you and so will my church. I will be staying informed as to your progess. Know this: you CAN beat this problem, and with the help of the living God, I know you will. You are indeed special, and remember that we need you. Here's to a speed recovery. ~ Ben Fridell, Greenwood, AR

Dan, Your records have been played on my home stereo ever since you released "Home Free." Your lyrics inspired a love and marriage that lasted over 20 years. Your songs are still part of a old set list that I hack away at on acoustic guitar when I get the time. I sincerely wish you a successful recovery. May you and your family make it through a difficult time like this with lots of love, support, and optimism. All of your fans are pulling for you, Dan. Peace ~ John P. (MN)

I know so many other fans have left their thoughts, but nonetheless I felt compelled to write. Dan, your music and lyrics are among the best and most moving I've ever heard. Your music - with its quality,integrity and honesty - has been a rare gift to the world, and I hope you know the difference you've made in our lives. As a working musician myself songs like yours are what inspire me to play, and I feel fortunate to have had them as part of my life's soundtrack. I send my best wishes and prayers for a full recovery - you're in my heart. ~ Ryan from Boston, MA

"And he gave to me a gift I know I never can repay...." ~ D

Dear Dan, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. The Book says that if two agree in prayer and ask God, He will grant their request. I know there are surely more than two joining in prayer for your complete healing. Love and God's blessings ~ Sharon and JC Robertson

Dear Dan, Unlike you, I never pursued or developed my musical abilities - It is my only real regret in life. Growing up, I never had a safe, accessible music person in my life to draw me out of my shell. Ever since I was very young, I've heard melodies and lyrics in my head but rarely write anything down. You are one of the few artists who ever inspired me to do so. My time has long past for a career in music. I’m now a 45 year old computer guru with a wife and two kids. My 5 year old daughter is constantly making up her own songs (in a very familiar way). All I can really do now is to create a secure environment for my children to develop their talents. Get well soon Dan...Love and Healing, W.J. Quimby and Family - Asheville NC

Dan: Just like so many others here have already said....I was heartbroken when I heard the news of your illness. It's pretty obvious that I'm not the only one whose life was made richer because of your music. I've been a fan since the 70's....each song still as wonderful and meaningful as the first day I heard them. Your music is timeless. Songs from "The Innocent Age" took on a whole new meaning for me after my daughter passed away three years ago. I found myself unable to listen to them at first but, in time, they became a part of my healing....and have helped me through some really tough times. My hope
for you is for a complete recovery and a return to creating the wonderful music that we all love so much. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. ~ Pam

Dear Dan, I really enjoy listening to your music. It is so peaceful and relaxing.Born on August 11, 1950, I grew up listening to the Beatles, Beach Boys,country and gospel. I did not start listening to your music until I was in my early thirties. I know it means nothing coming from me but you have been truly blessed. I know you have worked hard and what a talented musician, songwriter, and singer you are. My wife and I celebrated our anniversary in 2003 by going to your wonderful concert at Chastain Park in Atlanta. By visiting your web site today, I discovered your illness. I have just asked our God to touch you. In this time trouble I know that He will be there for you. Your fan ~ Randy

I was introduced to your music through my sister back in the days of 8-tracks. That particular 8-track was an album called "Nether Lands". Now that I'm a little older (34 yrs), it still ranks as a desert island disc.Having gone through cancer myself when I was 3 years and been lucky enough to live through it, I wanted to offer whatever thoughts I can give to you and yours during this time. Peace be onto you.

I've been a fan of yours since the beginning. I am praying for your speedy recovery. May God Bless you and your family thru this difficult time. Judy Blatt - Queens New York

Dear Dan, Many uplifting prayers and positive, healing thoughts are being sent above to help carry you as you journey back to health! I have been "in Love" with your music for forever! I must admit that in the late 70's, when I was at an "Innocent Age", I went to see you at the Tower Theatre in Philly. I was young and naive enough to believe that maybe no one would show up at the theatre and you would sing to just me! Well, thankfully I have matured, but I still hold your music close to my heart! The beautiful music that you have created is evidence, to all who hear it that there is a higher power in existence. He has Blessed us all through the gifts that He has bestowed upon you! Thank you for sharing your gifts. Wishing you Comfort, Love and God's Blessings! Get Better! ~ Carole from Pa.

Dan, you have a way of making life more wonderful through your words and your music. May God bless you through your treatment as you will be in our thoughts and prayers.~ The Gill Family - (Chad, Amy, Lauren, and Jake) Pickerington, OH (Columbus)

Dear Dan, I have been a faithful fan for more than twenty years; I appreciate the poetry of your music. A small group of my friends and I refer to ourselves as the Dan Fans. Please know that we will continue to support you as you fight this illness, and our prayers are with you. Your words have inspired me through the most important phases of my life. I will keep you in my prayers so that in a small way I can help you throught this difficult phase of your life. Keep fighting! Sincerely and with great hope ~ Lisa Smith, Joliet, IL

Dan, I've been a "Captured Angel" of your music since the 70's. Wishing you a full recovery and a rapid return to your music. ~ Becky M.

You and your family are in our prayers. You can beat this, God's grace and healing will get you through it. ~ Roger and Susan Privitt - Plano,Tx

Dan,I wish there were some way to repay all the love and joy that you've given us through your music. Suffice to say that all our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. We wish you a speedy recovery and look to the time when we can once again see you on the road."Thank you for the music..." ~ Annie & Carl Lukens

Our prayers are with you Dan... Onward to a speedy recovery!!!! ~ Robert and LuAnn Reece, Manhattan, Kansas

Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Regards ~ The Pasiak Family

I was driving in my car recently and listening to Dan on the CD player and "Leader of the Band" came on. I recently lost my Dad who was the leader of our band and I actually had to pull over the emotions were so strong in relation to the song. I got home from work that night and told my husband and he gave me the news about Dan's cancer...I started to cry all over again!! The emotions and depth of his music has been with me since his first album when I was in high school listening to "Dancing Shoes" with my best friend in her room. When she died at the age of 30 I have always been able to connect back to her through Dan Fogelberg's music for which I am extremely grateful. I have good friends of my family an artist who I know you have purchased several of his art pieces and almost everytime we have come to see you we have found them at the concert. And each time we see them we bring out the albums and pick out our favorites. So you surround me in my life. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We're all pulling for you Dan!!! Love and light ~ Betty Bezak, Addison, IL

Dear Dan, From our family to you and yours, we send our hope and love. We believe in miracles because we are one, and we look forward to the announcement of yours. Take care. Very Truly Yours ~ Fred, who brought your music to Kim, who found the concerts, Emma, who thought you "a soldier...holding his bone against impossible dogs" (These Days), Sophie the sleepy girl during your acoustic sets, and little Jack, who would remind you "there's magic every walnut." We all truly wish you the very best during your recovery

Dan; We have never met yet we have been together for years through your music. I first read about your diagnosis in the Detroit Fee Press and I froze. I know your faith and hope will guide you through this and it is my hope that my thoughts help. You are truly, the Leader Of the Band. ~ Dennis Brooks

Have Hope. I went a radical surgery to remove a cancerous prostate gland in October of 2003 and so far, everything is OK. Don't worry, you will make it.

Dan, All my thoughts and prayers are with you and my family. Your music has been a major factor in most of my adult life. I think that the music was even more special to me because I knew you were up in the mountains. I am a firm believer that prayer and music go hand in hand in healing ones mind and body. My family and I will continue to pray for your recovery and I look forward to the day when I can take my girls to hear you play at Red Rocks again. Sincerely ~ Lisa C. Biggs

Dearest Dan and Family, I find it so ironic that you had and still have the ability to get me through some very rough times and that now turnabout is fair play. Your fans will lift you up and your spirit will pull you through. I agree with everyone who has written to you that you truly are one of the most magnificent artists of our time and that your time is not now. I know that in my heart. Your life plan is not done - you have a much more important role to play in the lives you have touched and those that you will touch. You have no idea how important you truly are. It is written all over these pages! I have seen you in concert twice and you have such ability to move people. My prayers and thoughts are with you. You WILL pull through - much stronger, much wiser and with even more conviction. God bless you!! ~ Linda Campbell, Cyrstal Beach, Ontario

Dan- Be well and know that you are in our thoughts ~ Darren Armstrong

Your music has given me joy,tears,laughter and comfort throughout many years of my life. Prior to moving to Alabama from California ( I don't think you tour here),I came to every concert I could get tickets to. You and your family have my prayers and deepest regard during your trying times. I have put you on all of the prayer lists that I can get to. There are many,as we are in the heart of the "Bible Belt". I know in my heart that God is with you,and will give you peace ,and your family comfort.I pray daily for your full recovery.You are truly the living legacy. With prayers and love ~ Bonnie Walker

I have been a fan since first hearing your music during college in the 70s. I keep you in my hopes and prayers. Best wishes to you and yours. ~ Holly from Texas

Greetings Dan, Just wanted to send along my good wishes for a speedy recovery as you jump over this hurdle in this circle we call life.I've enjoyed your music for many years and I have always found it to be a relaxing comfort. We saw you in concert at the Sokol-Blosser Winery in Dundee, Oregon a few years ago and it was a delight... you had aged some... but don't we all, ha!?! The evening was magic as you sat and sang all my old favorites and it brought back some good memories. God's blessings to you and your family. We'll be praying for you and checking your website to see how you are doing. Please know you are not forgotten and that the prayers of MANY are with you... and I believe in the power of prayer! Take care ~ Eve Saizan, Reno, Nevada

Dan, you have always surrounded yourself with the best musicians for your tours. Not to worry, you have the biggest and best band in the world of your loving fans praying for victory over your illness. God is hearing millions a prayers for you. Believe in the power of prayer. ~ Jeff Childs, Atlanta

Always loved how your music made me feel. Listening to Souvenirs now and truly loving it yet again......I am sending you positive thoughts as you have sent all who listen to your music. Lots of good energy to you and your family to help you get through this. I know you will. you are young and full of wonderful energy. ~ Elaine

Dear Daniel: I have found in my lifetime, no other instance, of a human being that can find the words in our language or the music in our souls that have the meaning that yours do. On an album you are unparalleled and in person, your talent is astonishing. I have seen you many times and listened since the beginning. You have a special place in my soul. If our bodies were as strong as our spirit, you would be immortal, but our bodies are only of the flesh and sometimes weak. May your spirit cleanse your body, may your god bless you and Jean. My deepest prayers and affection are directed towards you in this challenging time.The love of your fans and the legacy of your music will live forever. We don't expect this from you, but in this troubled world as it is today.we need you more than ever! Fight hard and live long Dan.you are dearly loved! ~ Chris DeVincentis

Sorry to miss you this fall but my best wishes for a speedy recovery. The happiness that your music brings to everyone will come back to you and keep you strong. Thank you ~ Ann

Where have I been? I did not discover you until last year. Your song, "Same Old Lang Syne", is the most hauntingly, beautiful thing I have ever heard, not to mention your voice. You have no choice but to get better soon, to give the world more of that music. Take care ~ Jo Phillips

Dan, Joanne and I have followed your music throughout your career. At one concert we went to in Hartford we sat on the cement rail watching your limo pull up wishing somehow we could talk with you. It is easy to feel somehow connected with you, through your music, and we hope that like the happy times, this battle finds you smiling at the results. Our prayers, wishes and positive thoughts are with you. Godspeed ~ Jim and Joanne Barclay

Dear Dan-I am just amazed by the outpouring of love and good wishes for you. It kind of renews your faith in humanity to know that in times of need, people do come together! I, as are many others, have been a fan for many years. I was at one of your all-acoustic concerts in Columbus a few years ago, and I must say it was the best concert I have ever attended. It truly takes a talented artist to perform totally alone, with no one to back him up but his guitar and/or piano. And the highlight of that evening for me was when you sang "To The Morning". That has always been my favorite song, and just thinking of hearing that live still gives me chills. You truly are a talented, gifted performer and person, which is validated by all the responses that can be found on this website! With all the prayers and good wishes being sent for you, God most certainly is listening and smiling! God Bless you and your family. As you yourself stated "There's a light at the end of your darkness...There's a calm at the eye of every storm" ...Let your light cotinue to shine! With love and admiration ~ Diane, OH

Dan, The power of love, flows through you from all the fans. We love you, and continue to have you in our thoughts and prayers for your recovery. Personally, your music has been a web throughout my life for 30 years now. Looking forward to seeing you along the road in the near future... You and Jackson Browne have always been my favorite artists, and always will be dear to this heart of mine. ~ Kenton Ridenour

Dear Dan, Cancer is tough, but the human spirit is tougher. I'm living proof of that. Channel your energy, strength, courage and power and beat the crap out of this horrible disease. Lean on those you love for support and live each day to the fullest. That is the gift that cancer gives... no loving words ever again go unsaid and no minute is ever again wasted. You can beat this... Godspeed, my friend. Blessings ~ Susan

Dear Dan, My high school youth leader introduced me to your music in 1979. The impact it has had on me cannot be put into words. Your music, art, and poetry have been a part of my life that has made it richer and fuller in ways I can't even describe. It has been there for me during some really hard times, and some really good ones too. "Home Free" and "Souvenirs" pretty much got me through my first, very difficult semester of college. "Nether Lands", "Phoenix", and "The Innocent Age" are what I consider to be the soundtrack to the very best years of my life. Thank you for all you've given me through these many years. I've never seen you in concert, and that remains one of my lifelong dreams. I am a huge Lance Armstrong fan (and cyclist, by the way) and I wear the yellow LIVE STRONG bracelet on my wrist very proudly. That message is for you, Dan...LIVE STRONG and fight hard. I know in the end, I'll have another cancer survivor as one of my heroes. Thank you again for making this world such a better place and for making one guy's life in the middle of Indiana so much more enjoyable.

Dear "Leader of the Band", Your timeless music has inspired me during my college years and we always sing your songs in our local band. Thank you for such a great gift. God loves you and your family. I pray that you will be healed . ~ Carmela (Cebu, Philippines)

My wife and I both wish you the best. Your music has been an integral part of our relationship for over 30 years. From my college days in central Illinois, to our wedding ceremony, to my daily drive to work listening to "Full Circle" or "Greetings from the West", you continue to be a joy and an inspiration. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Looking forward to seeing you on stage once again. Peace. ~ Paul and Linda from Moline

Hi, Dan. Hearing of your battle with prostate cancer felt as if I were hearing a member of my family had been diagnosed. Your music has been a part of my life for 20+ years, and in those years I've turned to your music for solace many times. Thank you for sharing your gift. Godspeed in your recovery; my prayers are with you & yours. ~ Robin Porter

Please Dan, your music has meant so much to me over the years, as well as today. Look into Dr. Lorraine Day's natural cancer treatment. Her information is one of faith of our Lord, and natural treatment, as opposed to the caustic cures that only repress the illness, and don't heal it. My best wishes to you and Jean. You are in my prayers. ~ Tracy Weisz

Dan - listening to your music and thinking of you. Take care of yourself. ~ Mrs. Thomas Carvalho - CO

Dan, Longer than..........I've been a fan of yours. My simple words cannot describe the joy that your beautiful music has given me over the years. Please know that someone here in Arizona as in many parts of this world has you in their thoughts and prayers at this time. I look forward to the day when I read that you've made a full recovery. God speed and much love to you at this time. ~ Gloria D.

I would just like to start by saying I hope Dan makes a full recovery. I would also like to tell you a little story. I had a very dear friend named Dan also. He was 46 when he passed away from cancer. He died in March of 2002 and shortly after that I was going to a Dr. appointment in Poplar Bluff MO when this song came on the radio. I started crying and had to pull over for about 15 minutes. My friend Dan and I and a couple of other friends played music on most weekends and Dan was the one who brought us together, musically. That song was "Leader of the Band". I had heard the song before and loved hearing it. That day I made the connection between the song and my friend and you. It was the most overwhelming thing I had ever experienced. Thank you for the music. God bless and keep you. ~ Tracy Francis

Dan and Family, What a journey life is, and to think every aspect of our tapestry is woven with care and purpose for a plan to unfold that is more than our earthly minds can even begin to imagine. Prayers of strength, wisdom and guidance are offered up to you and the medical team ( and or other team!) that is caring for you. May the great physician above be your hope and your rock through this and beyond. Sincerely ~ Pam Sewell , Midwest, City Ok.

Dear Dan: We are great fans of yours and wish you the best during this very trying time. My father is presently fighting lung cancer....he's a fighter as I'm sure you are. I have great faith that both of you will beat the odds. I've been listening to your music for many years now and have always enjoyed it immensely. I've also been to several of your live shows, and in my view, you do not have a songwriting or performing equal. I'd like to tell you also that your music transcends generations. I think that is something you can be very proud of. My two daughters grew up listening to your music...(as well as my feeble attempts to play along with you on my guitar). Both of them love your music and are great fans of yours to this day. Not many in your profession can lay claim to that kind of cross generational appeal. Our prayers are with you Dan...thank you for the gift of great music you've given to us and to the world. ~ Jim MacDonald.

Dear Dan, My thoughts are with you and your family. Keep strong and come back to us please. ~ Jan H, Auckland NZ

Hi Dan - My English lesson today involved my asking my 16 year old students to read the poetry of Robert Frost and Dan Fogelberg. We explored 'The Road Not Taken' and 'Nether Lands'; our purpose was to critique the poetry and explore the themes expressed by both poets. We discussed the roads each poet had taken and speculated on the roads they, as young adults, would soon be asked to take. My husband told me of your illness tonight, as I related my day and how inspiring your poetry had proven to be. I have loved your music and your 'art' for what seems to be 'forever' - it still inspires me as it had when once I even hung a pair of dancing shoes, above my beside. You touched many young lives today - none had ever heard of you before (but don't despair - they hadn't heard of Frost either) but they will remember you because you explored your personal journey while inviting them to anticipate their own. Their introduction to your poetry and my revisiting your poetry was fate it seems. God Bless and all power to you as you pursue your current journey - our love and thanks go with you. We all live in Perth - Western Australia - where you have never been but hopefully will visit soon to share your music, your poetry and your inspirational self with us. ~ Diana van Straalen

Dan, I am so touched reading all these well wishes. You are so loved by so many. It is awesome! Hope it makes you warm & fuzzy inside. Kick cancer's butt!!! ~ P. J. Hart

Hi Dan, I am a big fan from Germany and today I heared the bad news of your illness. All I can do is send a prayer. All the best from germany, with a tip of my hat ~ Jörg

Dear Dan, Your music has been an inspiration to me. I have enjoyed listening to you for years and I will never tire of it. I want to thank you for sharing your amazing talents. You are a blessing. When you are healthy and rested I'll look forward to seeing you in Minneapolis, MN again. My prayers are with you. ~ Janet Olson. Hutchinson , Minnesota

Dan and family, I was so saddened to learn of your illness via your website. No other artist has meant as much to me over the years. Your music has brought me pleasure, healing and inspiration beyond measure (at 46, just learning the acoustic guitar and Leader of the Band is the song I practice all the time.) Of course, hoping and praying for a full recovery, and much more of your music in the years to come. ~ Tim Madigan, Fort Worth, Texas

Dan, I have been a huge fan of yours ever since my 7th grade reading teacher introduced me to your music in 1980. Your music has always been a source of inspiration and comfort to me. I've seen you perform only twice, but I'll be at your next Texas concert. Make it soon!! Thank you for so many years of beautiful, haunting, and passionate music. I'll continue to pray for your speedy recovery. May God bless you and your family. I love you!! ~ Velicia Daniels--Austin, Texas

Our prayers are with you and your family. Be strong. Been a fan since 73. You are a true poet. ~ Bob & Allie

Dan, I am 40 yrs old, and like so many on this site, have never written an artist of any kind.  As shocked as I was to hear of your illness, I am equally as happy to hear your optimism. I first became a fan back in Jr High, when my older sister brought home "Nether Lands" from school. At Christmas break we played it as we trimmed our tree, and to this day "Nether Lands" has always been a total holiday memory for me. Later when I was in college, I was fortunate to catch  two of your shows...one solo and one w/the band...BOTH incredible, so many great songs, such a great performer. Still my favorite many years later.  Thank you for sharing your talent, your gift. I wish you the best, my prayers are with you!  Be healthy and LIVE STRONG! Fondly ~ Susan, St. Louis MO

My Dad battled and overcame this dreaded disease and we all know you can do it too! We love you! ~ The Wright Family - Freedom PA.

May God bless you and your family the way you have blessed us with your gift. Our prayers are with you. Love ~ Roxy

Dear Dan, This February my brother was also diagnosed with prostate cancer. Like you he is 53 years old and our family had no history of this disease. Thank God he caught his in the early stage and after having surgery in July he is still recuperating. This illness is so unfair especially for young otherwise healthy males. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. I know the road ahead of you seems bleak but this disease can be beat. Please have faith. Thank you so much for your music through out the years. My college days were filled with your Home Free album and I also bought 2 others. I love Auld Lang Syne. It always makes me cry. Take care and may God bless you ~ Brenda Morgan Wilson, Shreveport, Louisiana

Dear Dan: I wanted to let you know that you're in my thoughts and prayers. I am a big fan and saw you twice recently at the Westbury Music Fair. Not only was your music great, but your warm personality and sense of humor shone through. I'm wishing you a speedy recovery, and looking forward to more concerts in the future. ~ Jackie C., Huntington, NY.

Dan, for years I have played your tunes. You are in my prayers. Get well soon and I'll see you at Ruth Eckerd Hall when it's rebooked. ~ James Rhodes, Rhodeside Band

I love you and I will see you again. ~ Kathy in Phoenix

Dan, our wishes and prayers are with you and your family.I had the great fortune to see you perform in Austin, TX many years ago and it was a wonderful show. Your songs touch nerves and emotions with your beautiful thoughts and experiences that can be shared by others. I still think that "Run for the Roses" should be played at the Derby, and I cry whenever I hear it. Having a feisty old thoroughbred that was on the track when he was a youngster it really hits home. And I know so many people including myself who cry through  "Leader of the Band". May your music continue to enlighten us all, and may you win your battle! We are all pulling for you. Many thanks for all the beauty you have shared with us, and we'll be looking forward to more. May good health be bestowed upon you. ~ Ann L. Ayres, Pflugerville, TX

Dan, your songs have helped me so much over the years and have seen you perform a number of times when I lived in NY- I'll pray for your speedy recovery! Take care of yourself. ~ Holly

Dan, From the 70's to present day, a heartfelt thanks for all the countless times that your music has lifted my soul and helped me make sense of this crazy world we live in. I hope you realize that the words shared on this site are only a tiny fraction of those who love and greatly appreciate your gifts of music and poetry to the world. Many of your fans have yet to hear of your illness...but word will spread and I'm sure thousands more will send their words of love, support and encouragement. Know that you are not alone as you face your illness for your family, friends, and fans, are with you every step of the way. In closing, just know that you are in our every prayer and held deeply in our hearts. The best is yet to be....Love ya brother ~ Richard E. Murphy, Vicksburg, Mississippi

Hello Dan & Jean - I'm glad you're encouraged by your progress. Hold on to the healing promises the Lord makes in the Bible for those who believe. I've chosen to hold on to this positive focus for my own health & I'm doing it for you. God Bless ~ Merry Eve, Boulder

Hi there Dan, Though we are worlds apart and I have never been fortunate enough to see you perform, I have been a lifelong fan and have all your albums [ except the latest - but that is on order ] . I have many, many firends who are all Dan Fogelberg fans and it has long been a regret of ours that you never embarked on foreign tours.The closest artist to your style of music to visit our shores is Shaun Philips - who now lives in my hometown of Port Elizabeth. We have all been saddened to hear your health news and hope and pray that the treatment is successful. Distance is no boundary when there is a shared joy in music and your music is a joy and passion to your many fans in South Africa. To you and your famil, take Care. God Bless ~ Alan Milne and friends from South Africa.

Just wanted to say that I wish you all the best and that I will pray for your speedy recovery and for your family who will share everything you are going through with you. It is sometimes just as hard when you aren't the patient. Your music has brought such a profound joy of music to my life and as a piano player has give me such an enormous amount of pleasure to sideline my very strict classical instruction. God bless you and I hope someday again to see you play. It's been a very long time. Thank you for the music you have shared for the last 20 years of my life. Your talent has never been appreciated as much as it should. ~ Jackie Doorbar Eastbourne, England (originally from Houston, Texas)

Dan..."The Man".... Know that our hope, love, and prayers are with you as you confront your illness. I'm one, like many who believe in fate and destiny. As such, every fiber in my soul tells me that you will confront and triumph against the cancer. For you have many songs to write, sing, and share with the world. I wish you peace my friend and a speedy recovery. A fan since the 70's..~ Richard Lambert, Goldsboro, NC.

Dear Dan - I'm a cancer survivor, three years in remission now. I am also one of the many thousands of people who has been touched by your music over the years. So many of my special memories are linked to your songs that I cannot even begin to recount them all. I wish you only the very best - a speedy recovery and a long and healthy life. Blessings to you and your family. Best wishes ~ Collins

Dear Dan, I was a nurse practitioner for a Urologic Oncologist for 9 years. There is so much that can be done.. I have worked in the area of oncology and psych for 35 yrs. I am a holistic practitioner. Create the image in your mind of being well. Eat healthy. You might want to consult a macrobiotic dietitian near you. Most of all pray to your God boldly and ask and than thank Him for your healing and believe that you are healed. My husband and I have enjoyed your music for at least 25 yrs. You are such a gifted musician, songwriter and singer. We will be praying for you and for your wife and family. Prayer and Love, can do more than what we are told is possible...I see miracles in my practice everyday. So, may God Bless You, and keep you in the palm of his hand, until we see you again in concert! ~ Pat and Roger Pinches

Get Well Dan! We're praying for you! ~ Rick Marino

Dan, I have never written anyone before, but as a lifelong fan, I felt compelled to join in the many who have sent you such beautiful and heartfelt wishes and prayers. God's grace and peace to you and your family - it's all a part of His plan. ~ Karen in Paraparaumu, New Zealand

Dear, dear Dan: I was shocked and deeply saddened to hear of your illness. I work for an oncologist and know that Prostate is one of the most treatable with great successes. I only hope you are doing well with your treatments. You are in my thoughts every day, as I look at the photo of you, my daughter, Danielle, and me taken last summer in Lake Tahoe. It was my great privilege and life-long dream to meet you. As I said to you that night , "You were my inspiration for playing guitar!" And still are! I never miss the chance to tell people that you are the single-most talented person I "know." With your gift of song-writing, amazing vocals, extreme instrumental talents, and not to mention, your artistic capabilities, you have certainly been blessed. Thank you for sharing your gifts with the world. My father, too, was a gifted, professional musician his entire life. And his stories of his world travels were wonderful. "Leader of the Band" is one of my favorite songs. You have made such an impact on my life with your music that I wanted this opportunity to say "Thank you, Dan!" I want you to please stay positive and know that you can beat this. The musical world is a better place with you in it. My very best thoughts and prayers are with you now and always. With love and devotion, Your greatest admirer and fan ~ Chris Desrochers

Dear Dan, A person of tremendous significance to me, gave me her "well-played" "Home Free" album in 1976 as a gift. She left my life, but I found a soul who spoke to my head and heart in his music. I learned to play your songs on my guitar, and your melodies and words became the soundtrack for the following years of love found, love shared, and love lost.

I'm 54 years old ( I can't help but smile...I've never written to a recording artist before), and followed your albums/CDs, missing nothing. Catching you in concert whenever possible. The words I offer where your illness is concerned largely are born of images and paradigms I learned from you Dan. The spirit of love embraces you, and I believe there is something that needed to be learned here for you to move on. A new door opening as you heal, that will fill you with words and music to give to the world when you are well and writing/recording/performing again. hopefully sooner than you might think...

I imagine what I've written will be said a thousand different ways, by the ones who love your work as I do. But it's mine to wish you well right now. Health, and peace. I send my love and admiration for the body of work you've created, and anticipate greatly your melodies and poetry once you have healed. God Bless you Dan Fogelberg, and watch over you, and carry you through. Love and strength to you and Jean. I believe I will go listen to "The Innocent Age". My prayers are so very intensively with you.Hold tightly to one another, and Dan...Ever On. ~ Ron Kolman

Dan, I've been a fan for many years, and still think "Stars" is one of the finest songs ever written. Coincidentally, one of my favorite pieces of art, by M. C. Escher, is titled "Stars". Not a thing wrong with "Leader of the Band" or "Nether Lands" either. You've brought a lot of joy and satisfaction to many people through your music through the years, and I fervently hope we haven't heard the last of you. Keep a positive outlook, a song in your heart, and live for the moment. Best wishes for a hasty and complete recovery. ~ Kerry Shapiro

Thanks Dan for your unique and special music. You are indeed a legend. You have made a difference. ~ T. Turek, Hermosa Beach, CA

Dan- from a minor player 30 yrs ago at Caribou and hence into the taller grass- similar batlles that CAN be one won- my best to you and yours- the Spirit is always with you as our community prayers. May the Great Spirit comfort you in this time-we here join hands with you....Peace to you and all of yours ~ D.

Dan - I am a 51 year old fan that is fighting the same battle as you. I was diagnosed with prostate cancer two years ago and went through both surgery and radiation, as the cancer had already escaped the prostate gland. This battle is not fun but it is winable. Stay positive. I wish the best for you and your loved ones. And now I ask that you help raise the awareness of prostate cancer and the need for more research and funding. It is a disease that is not discussed enough, all you hear is news about famous people who have been diagnosed with it and that they "should fully recover" and then you don't hear about it again until another famous person is diagnosed. Well, close to 200,000 men in the U.S. will be diagnosed with it this year and approximately 30,000 men previously diagnosed will die from it. These are numbers similar to breast cancer which is discussed openly and often, and much money for research is raised because of that. To any man over 40 reading this, I strongly urge you to ask your doctor for a PSA test (Prostate Specific Antigen test) as part of your blood workup done at your next physical exam. That simple blood test could help extend your life. Dan, may all the positive energy from the prayers and good wishes from your fans and friends help cure you of this disease. You will be included in my thoughts and prayers. ~ Mike Hatton, Seattle WA

Dan, "A song can go places unreachable by word or gesture." Your music has touched me deeply. May the Lord bless you and keep you. May he lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace. Much love ~ Susan

I was saddened to hear the news of your battle with cancer. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, Dan. Be encouraged and hopeful through this season. You are one of my favorite singers and performers in concert. I saw you perform twice. My favorite songs from you are "Heart Hotels", "Songbird", "Lonely In Love", "Same Old Lang Syne", and "Missing You." God bless you and hope to see you do another comeback. ~ Michael Stewart

I've been to maybe 6 or 7 of your concerts over the years....more than any other single artist. I was first introduced to your music by a former girlfriend back about 1977 or so. Later, I returned the cosmic favor by introducing my then-girlfriend/now-wife to it. She's turned into almost as big a fan as me. Our 3 kids know your music well, as I often play your songs myself on an acoustic, tho in rather rudimentary form!

I am not only amazed by your depth of songwriting (I'm a songwriter myself),but your incredible musical expertise. It is a very rare individual indeed who can at once excel at lyric writing, composition and singing. You are the single biggest influence on my songwriting. Souvenirs continues to be my all-time favorite album.

My Dad has had 2 bouts with prostate cancer and is currently in remission.I know very well the challenges ahead off you and wish you peace, solace and success in your battle. I'm also parent to a child with Spina Bifida and understand the emotional toll of serious illness. You've been to Grand Rapids before and I hope you'll return sometime. But for now...listen to your doctors, advocate for yourself, keep your family close. And keep writing. Best wishes for a speedy recovery! ~ Tim Perry, Grand Rapids, MI

Dear Dan & Jean - When I was 13 years old, my older brother came in to my room and said "you have got to hear this guy!" He put on your "Souvenirs" album and I was hooked ever since! Your music has helped me get through the most difficult times in my life and also the most joyous. As all Dan Fogelberg fans say, when we listen to your music there is a healing affect. You have helped mend many a broken heart and joined in celebration with your words and music. What a gift you are to this world. It is now our turn to support you and your family through this very difficult time. I pray for your healing, peace for your family and hope that you know that God is ever present - in any situation. God is capable of anything. Keep your faith strong and we will keep praying for you. Thank you for everything you have given me. I'm
just sorry it took me this long to say it. ~ Susan - Scottsdale, AZ

Dan: We are wishing you a speedy recovery. We have enjoyed your music since the early '70s and have seen you perform many times. The last time was at the Robert Mondavi Winery a few years back. You and your family are in our thoughts. Get well soon. ~ Jane and Roger Price

Dear Dan and Jean, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. My Dad was diagnosed with prostate cancer 10 years ago. He is now in his 80's. May your spirit be strong. It is scary. I hope you have faith. Judging from your lyrics, you do. May He comfort and guide you through this difficult time. I hope you can feel the Love from your fans. You have touched us, may we now touch you. I hope you feel and sense the Love your music and words have inspired. Beat this and stick around for a good long time. We need you now as always. God bless you and Jean. Sincerely ~ Marty O

Dear Dan: I was in my doctors office today and was so shocked to hear of your illness. Like everyone else that has writted to you my prayers go out to you and your family. You are a very strong man and you make the most beautiful music I have ever heard. Longer was the song I got married to 20 years ago. I have seen you in concert a minimum of 10 times....every time you are better and better. Over 25 years ago I had a copy of your Souvenirs album cover etched in metal and had it sent backstage to you. You and your music have been a very big part of my life. Take care of  yourself  Dan, we know you can win this battle. ~ Valli Moore, El Segundo, California

To Dan and Family, You truly have a gift from a giving God, and I know that with all the support and prayers from everyone that loves y'all that the gift of healing will be given also. I've listened to most of your music most of my life, and every time I do I feel "uplifted". Keep positive and never give up! By the way, every time I travel west into the Rocky Mountains I just have to slip "High Country Snows" into the CD player! ~ Tom Lewis--Texas

"No matter what difficulty you are facing, it is coming from Divine Light to bring you to a higher place. Write down every conceivable reason that this situation can contribute towards your growth. Write down every way this experience can possibly set the stage for serving to uplift others. When you are complete, and have come to the other side of this experience, you will then know 'why' it happened." ~ Barbara Rose

Dan, I know of many people personally who have beaten prostate cancer. You will be another. Be of good cheer and filled with, and open to, the love of God and family. May these sweet days of healing serve to enrich your relationships and life. Good luck with all of your future endeavors, and continue to allow your music to be a blessing to those who hear it! Sincerely ~ Roger Jeffery - Kempton PA

You are made in the likeness of God, therefore you do not inherit illness. I look forward to hearing you on your next tour! Thanks for sharing your gifts! ~ Joe

Please know you and your family are in my thoughts and my prayers. Your music has been an inspiration to me and so many others for so many years. I know your faith will hold strength and courage as well. ~ Linda Lee

Dan, I was really saddened when I heard of your illness, but I do like your optimism. My family and I have always enjoyed your music and the thought provoking words you sing. I have only seen you twice in concert and enjoyed them immensely. You are the only artist that I have every album you put out and hope to add to it when you are feeling better and put out even more. You and your family are in our prayers. ~ Brian at Belleville, IL

As a cancer survivor myself, about your same age, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. It is an experience like none other but when you emerge from under its shadow, you will find yourself reborn and truly look at life from a very different perspective. Never lose sight of the fact that you will be a SURVIVOR. Love to you and your family. ~ Marsha (a fan for many, many years)

Dan: Your music has been an inspiration to us for so many years. We have had the pleasure of seeing you in concert numerous times and hope to see you again in the future. To you and your family: Know that you are in our prayers. We send you strength! We are standing with you in spirit. ~ Suzanne and David, Michigan

I was very saddened to hear of the struggles that the Fogelberg family is living with at this time. I have always been uplifted listening to Dan's music and am usually moved to tears --usually driving and crying! Please accept prayers and good wishes from someone you don't know but feels close to you at this time none the less. Sincerely ~ Jo Ann

Dan,I have been a devoted fan for years. I have always appreciated the poetry of your lyrics as well as the beauty of your melodies. Now we have something else in common. I am a cancer survivor. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in November of 2001. I had a lumpectomy in December 2001; followed by six months of chemotherapy, one three hour treatment every three weeks and that was followed by six weeks of radiation. I continue to be checked every three months and there has been no reoccurrence. I am very grateful for the love and support that surrounded me during my treatment. It is a gift of grace that I was never afraid. I have always believed that each of us has just so much sand in our hourglass and when it runs out; we are finished here. I am a Christian and believe strongly in the power of prayer and will continue to surround you with prayers for strength and courage, that you may face all that lies ahead with hope, strength, courage and grace. Those are the things that I asked my church family to pray for me and they stood me in good stead as I am sure they will serve you. Wishing you every blessing every day as you receive treatment and beyond to recovery, Sincerely ~ Cindy Johnson

Your music has been a terrific crutch for tough times in my life. I know this is a tough time for you and your family, I hope these letters from your fans help lift you up. You are truly one of the best! ~ Sean, San Antonio, Texas

Dear Dan- We loved seeing your concert at Konocti in CA last year. You have been such an inspiration to us both; your songs lead us all through love and life. You have our prayers for your complete recovery and our belief that your beautiful spirit will lift you above this for healing. Thank you for all the great music- with Love ~ Bob and Kris Bush

Dear Dan, Just wanted to send heartfelt wishes for a speedy recovery. Your music has meant so much to me over the years and I hope that all the joy you have given to people comes back to you tenfold in the form of a quick, speedy recovery. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Take good care!! ~ Susan Brown

Dan, I too am among those who have never written a star before, but you are so much more to me than that. Your music literally changed my life and for the past 15 years has had a special place in my heart. You are the epitome of talent both in your song writing and performing. I've seen you on several occasions here in KC and your concerts always left me blown away" Just know you have thousands of people, like me, who are praying for you at this difficult time. You have a quiet strength and fighting spirit that will prevail. You have much more to offer the world and this experience will no doubt make you even stronger as you come out the other side as a survivor. Take care and please let us know how you are doing. Love ~ Maggie Baumgartner, Kansas City, Missouri

Hi Dan, I am 31 years old and my father turned me on to your music at a very young age. I believe that Captured Angel had just been released and my father was very eager to pick the album up. I love listening to your music and it brings back so many memories of my father. I lost my Dad to renal cell cancer in 2000. He was a fighter and embodied the lyrics in the song "Leader of the Band." To this day, I cannot listen to that song without crying - especially the part about "Papa I don't think I said, I love you near enough". I get chills just writing it.

I was in a head on car accident back in 1995 and was paralyzed from the waist down. I was told by 3 doctors that I would never walk again. I am here to tell you that if you set your mind to it, you can overcome any odds. I now walk with the assistance of a forearm crutch and have given the wheelchair up. Please keep this in mind as you go through this process. I wish you a speedy recovery and hope that you will be playing Atlanta's Chastain Amphitheater very soon. PLEASE GET WELL SOON! GODSPEED! Sincerely ~ Chris Smith

Dan, Just a note to let you know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. We hope for a complete recovery. Thank you for your gift of music throughout the years...it has always been music that I've been able to relate to. It is truly a cherished gift and god willing...one that you will continue to be able to give.Take care ~ Thomas Poole & Family (Mary, Marshall, Andrew, Tommy, Zak and Chelsea) Milan, Michigan

Dan and Jean, We wish you comfort, strength and love as you go through this phase in your lives - our thoughts are with you and we pray for peace. ~ Mark, Linda and Lisa

Dan & family: My thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of need. You've given us so much and I wish you a successful recovery and return to the stage. Looking forward to you playing more concerts at the Pier in Seattle. God Bless ~ Steve & Mary Wicklund

Just a moment ago my mother asked me whatever happened to Dan Fogelberg and I said I do not know....she remembers the days when I would play your music over and over and over...anyway..I found this website and read the news. Dan Fogelberg, I am praying for you and your family. That is the only thing I have to give. Thank you for years of your music that helped heal me through years of sadness. Your music was like prayer to me then.....I will go back through my albums and I am positive it will still be like prayers today. God Bless You. Love from ~ marynell

Of all of the artists I have listened to in my life, you have had the most impact on me. I became a fan in 1978 with Nether Lands. I've seen you in concert so many times, I've lost count. You are in my prayers. Good luck and God bless. Toni Greer, Tampa, Florida

Dear Dan, Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this "bump in the road". I am a long time fan and have introduced my children, ages 16 and 11, to your music. It is a staple at our house. I was introduced to your music back in junior high school and was instantly hooked. Although my collection of your CD's is good, I still have to spin the old LP's just for nostalgia's sake. Each song brings up special memories. Be strong. Be faithful. Be positive. Be grateful. Just be. Best wishes always ~ Kathy & family - Sandy, Utah

I credit Dan Fogelberg with the inspiration that drove me to buy a guitar at age 13 and to become a songwriter now with a couple of cuts to my credit. He inspired every aspect of my young life, continuing well into my 20s. I survived a troubled childhood by escaping into his music. This news has taken my breath away, and I can only hope and pray that between the love and support of his family, friends and fans, and the good medicine being administered, that Dan will recover and live a long and happy life. I have faith that he will. All my best to you Dan, you made my world a much better place. I expect to see you at Chastain in 2005! ~ Elizabeth Marlowe, Athens, Georgia

I have been a fan for so long - actually saw the solo tour in Allentown, PA (Lehigh University) and got to sit just a few tables away from the man whose songs have inspired me since, dare I say, 1979. I wish there were words I could send that could touch his soul as his words have touched mine. As I travel thru my journeys of life, with significant events happening here and there, I always a song from Dan that touches a part of me and gets me thru the rough years, and brings hope and peace to my soul. I am so happy I saw him just once, and sat that close without needing to invade his privacy. It is my most fond memory of all- I can still 'see the concert' and see the man that will forever be the Living Legacy to me. My prayers, needless to say, have been said to the "Gods" and/or "Goddess" that they heal this body of a man who has meant so much to so many. ~ Cis Vaughan-Heller

Dearest Dan & Jean, I am 46 and have been a fan of your since my teens! I introduced your music to my husband, and your Christmas CD is his favorite of all Christmas CDs. (I'm smug, because I loved your music first!) :o) I was so sorry to hear of your current health struggle. I have struggled with my health for a number of years, but I'm improving with natural methods. I believe God made our bodies able to heal! I hope that you'll consider natural methods, in addition to what you're doing! (I would not to presume to give advice, had I not been through what I've been through)! I pray that Jesus Christ will be your stronghold and very present help in time of trouble! He made you with a beautiful talent to share with those of us fortunate enough to love your music! He's the Great Physician and has been my own constant hope and help! I will look forward to reading about your on-going progress with your health, and I will remember to uphold you in prayer! May the richest blessings of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ be with you as you travel this road. He's promised never to leave or forsake us, when we turn to him! On the days when the road seems dark, remember He is our Light! Thanks for all your great music! We look forward to what you'll do in the future with all that wonderful talent! We'd love another Christmas CD! Most sincerely & prayerfully ~ Katherine Riley

Dan, I was fortunate enough to see you with "Fools Gold" in Houston back in 1975 when Captured Angel had just come out. Your music has played in my car for over thousands of miles of highway travel and has become like so many of us, a part of my life. I wish you the very best for a speedy recovery and look forward to more great music from you in the future. Best Wishes ~ Ric Steiner, San Antonio, Texas

Hello Dan,I have always loved your music and it has helped me through a lot of rough times in my life. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Keep a positve outlook and I'm sure you will be fine. My mother had unknown primary source cancer, and I know she was here on this earth for a long time because of her positive attitude. She passed away almost 3 years ago, but should have been gone before that. (You are young and I'm sure you will be fine-you know where your cancer is.) Take care and I will be praying for you and your family! ~ Lauri Roman

Hi, DF has been my best friend for the last 30 years ( I have never met him but his music has made me feel as if I have known him for all time) and I am so sad to hear that he is ill . Coincidentally, last Sunday, for no reason I played all of his music all day not even knowing he was ill. I am 52 and my son who is now 18 grew up with DF's music. When he was small and we would be driving in the car he might see a jeep and he would say to me...Mom, I think Dan Fogelberg is in that jeep. Ha! He plays guitar and has learned a lot of DF's songs just for me. He has been a big influence on both of us. I really wish the best for him and his family. His music is like an old friend that makes you feel your home and safe. Our prayers will be with him and his family. ~ Chris and Justin Davis, Wooster, Ohio

Dan and Jean, From the valleys we soar to new heights. From experience I know that sometimes the illness is harder on those closest to you than the one with the illness. Keep that in mind as you progress. You've survived and prospered and explained it all both from inside and from the "boom." Do what you need to do and we'll see you soon. From a longtime fan who's appreciated ALL of your skills from the beginning (all those layers of vocals and guitars and of course the tunes themselves), you're a hero to me. You've got it all. Get better and come see us again. I'm counting on it. ~ Bruzmuse

Dear Dan, I'm going on 47, started listening to you in 1977, and performed many of your songs in my younger days. For the past 20 years or so, I've been busy raising a family. It was a proud moment when my son performed "Leader of the Band" at his high school talent show.

As I scroll through the volumes of wishes from your fans, I wonder what you think about, what can only be described as, the profound affect you continue to have on our lives. The many melodies and arrangements are simply beautiful. But for me, it's the philosophical and continually introspective lyrics that continue to influence my life. You out did yourself with "The Innocent Age." You helped me develop my critical thinking as well as decision making about some of the bigger things in life. Isn't it just weird to know that you've influenced the lives of more people than most American presidents? Anyway, have a great day and many more to come! ~ Marc Gregoire

With best wishes and great hopes for a quick recovery. You and your family will remain in my prayers. Your music has and does mean so very much to my heart and soul. Take great care of each other and return us soon. ~ Pam in North Carolina

Dan, I, as the hundreds of others who have written messages to you, was stunned to learn of your illness. I have been a huge fan of yours since the first time I heard "To The Morning" while in high school in the mid 70's. I've got my well worn copy of "Home Free" to prove it, plus many of your other LP's! I've been to many of your concerts as well, and was fortunate enough to meet you after a show that you and Tim Weisberg performed in Oxford, Mississippi at the Ole Miss campus (around 1977?!). You gave me and a friend "Captured Angel" T-shirts. I've still got mine - it's a cherished keepsake!

I felt compelled to write you to let you know that I so appreciate your sharing your gift of music. You sang me to sleep more nights than you can imagine. The very least I can now do for you is to lift you, your family, and your doctors up in prayer, which I will do each night. Just know that God has His hands all over you, healing you and giving you strength to get through this battle.I look forward to seeing you in concert again very soon! With love ~ GiGi Parkhill, North Little Rock, AR

Dan , This note will be a poor attempt at comforting you and Jean. So many others before me have spoken so elegantly - while I, on the other hand, can simply replay all of your music over and over again in my head. Your poetry has touched my life time and time again, whether it be the at birth of my children or as recently as the death of my beloved father. I feel the need to give you a hug just as your music gives me immense hugs when I listen. Please consider yourself "hugged" today Dan, and know my angels are also watching over you...Never forget Dan -I love you all the way past heaven. ~ Joann

Hi Dan, My husband and I grew up with your music. And even though you may not know us, your music has been a big part of our lives. We would like to wish you and your family many blessings and a smooth and quick recovery ~ Carmen & John Magliano, NYC

Dan, Your music has been a continual part of my life for so long now... timeless... and never taken for granted. My love, prayers, and support are with you and yours as you have blessed us all with your kind and gentle spirit. Keep your chin up and know that your fans are surrounding you with a "full circle" of love. With love ~ Barbara Clayton, Lakeland,Fl.

Dear Mr. Fogelberg,You have our thoughts and prayers with you, Over twenty some years ago, my then boyfriend, promised to take me to see you when you came to Pittsburgh, but he took his other girlfriend at the time and stood me up, now, two marriages later, he and I are married now, and all those years have passed since. I never got to see you, and he promised to take me this time to your show in Greensburg, Pa. So you have got to get well and come back so that what should have been, will be. Speedy recovery! Thank you. God bless. ~ Jennifer C.

I was just riding home alone after dropping off my three-year-old daughter at my parents for a visit. My father-in-law had just passed and I was tired and down. I looked into my box of tapes that I've had for the past 25 years. I saw all my Dan Fogelberg tapes and immediately perked up. In the past three years, I've not listened to much music in the car due to the increasing enjoyment of silence! By the time I got home I was rejuvenated again. I haven't had a more enjoyable ride home in years! I suggested that my husband do the same thing to cheer him up.

I then logged on to find out what was new with what I considered an old friend. I was deeply saddened to hear about your report of cancer. I am not one to write "fan mail" (this would be my first), but I just couldn't help myself. You are definitely in my prayers.You have been a major part of my life. I thank you for following your call to expressing and sharing your music. You will remain in my prayers. I hope to hear of good news about you soon. God bless ~ Mary (from old Tennessee)

Your songs have caried me through some difficult times; I hope that my prayers and that everyone else's prayers will carry you and your family through this difficult time. ~ Suzanne

I feel as though you are part of my family, although we have never even met. I'm praying for you and your family daily, because nothing is more powerful than prayer. Keep writing your wonderful music...we love you! ~ Linda-Cleveland, Ohio

Mr. Fogelberg, you have been the most influential musical influence throughout my life. Back in 1981, my cousin turned me on to the most interesting and heartfelt music that I had ever lent my ears to. It was the Nether Lands album. A pure masterpiece. I was immediately taken by the angelic voice, the pristine harmonies, the haunting strings and piano, the profound lyrics, and those AWESOME ACOUSTIC GUITARS! I then decided that I needed to buy some of your other albums. I remember buying all of your albums, all at one time, everything that was available up to The Innocent Age. I was a freshman in college, a very influential and growing period of my life. It was your awesome acoustic work that inspired me to buy my first guitar and eventually learning to play. Thank you for providing that inspiration. I can't imagine not having the guitar, and all that it provides, as part of my life.

Twelve years ago, I met my wife at one of your concerts. She being a huge fan also, we immediately hit it off! Our first common bond was the love and respect of your music. We were amazed that we found one another and that both of us shared the same favorite songs. During our wedding, we played Dan Fogelberg music throughout the ceremony. We walked down the aisle to the sound of "Country Clare." Our honeymoon consisted of two of your concerts, Sante Fe and Red Rocks. A truly magical time! We will forever remember and "feel" those two concerts. Dan, as you can see, you have been a major influence in my life. Thank you! Please get well! Try to stay positive and remember that you have MANY people thinking and praying for you. There is power in numbers! ~ R. Cipriano Fort Worth, TX.

Dear Dan, I was very much saddened by the news of your illness. I have been a faithful fan since the 70's. Three years ago, I was diagnosed with cancer. While undergoing 4 hour sessions of chemotherapy at a time, I would bring a few of your CD's (my fav "The Innocent Age" among them) and I would pass the time listening to youir wonderful music. It made the time pass and I didnt have to "be there"!! Thank the Lord, I am well again...I will say many prayers for you and wish you the very best. Positive thinking, faith and the support of your loved ones will see you through this hard time.A bonus is all the prayers from your many fans that benefit from your talent. I always wonder if singers and songwriters really understand the way you touch the lives of those who listen. I truly wish you the VERY BEST. MY SINCEREST PRAYERS ~ Linda B.

Hi Dan and Family, your music has meant so much to me personally through the years, through good times and bad, and my hopes, prayers and wishes are that you will be well soon. Sincerely ~ Manny Bernardo, Miami, FL

Dear Dan...NEVER in my life did I expect to see such news regarding you! I guess that's the insidioiusness of that awful disease. The shock and sadness sure put things in perspective, that's for sure. I will add my prayer in with the many other faithful fans in hopes that our one big cry will be heard by "the powers that be" and you can go on, once again, doing the things you love and cherish without fear or worry. I met a lifelong friend through your website and will forever be grateful for you and your music. I wish you every possible wish for a quick and complete recovery. A Fan Forever! ~ Deb C. Yarmouth, Maine. (Formally of Philadelphia!)

Dear Dan, We want you to know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. We will continue to hold you there. ~ Jim and Cathy Bintliff, Shreve, Ohio

For years you have entertained me with your beautiful music. I have seen you many times in Utah, mostly in Park City. I await the day you make a full recovery and will see you up in the Utah mountains. Best wishes to you and your wife. A great fan ~ Ann

Dan, With your music you touched my life and inspired me with my own music. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers during this trying time in your life. I look forward to seeing you on stage again soon! ~ Joe Brewer, Springfield, OH

To Dan: I just learned of your illness and I pray God will bless and heal you. Your music has always meant so much to me and "Part of The Plan" was such an inspiration to me when I was young and looking for love. Thanks for your encouring lyrics that helped me find it! Love ~ Deborah Cason, Charlottesville, Va.

Dan, just wanted to offer a prayer and a favorite quote of mine; "You are not a human being in search of a spiritual experience. You are a spiritual being immersed in a human experience."-- Pierre Teilhard de Chardin...May spirit guide you. ~ Mandi

Mr. Fogelberg, My father was diagnosed with cancer about the same time you were, and I am including you in my prayers daily. I have recently been listening to your song, “Part of the Plan”, and I thank you for your vision and your words and your sharing them with us. I pray for your total recovery. ~ A. Blach, Birmingham, Alabama

Dear Dan: I too would like to wish you a speedy recovery. I have been privileged to listen to your music since the 1970s and have seen you twice in concert. Your music has meant so very much to me, especially when I was in medical school in Nashville, and it continues to inspire me. You have incredible gifts and talents, and I pray that God will give you strength and courage, faith and patience in this situation. The uncertainty is difficult, but as you have said, "don't lose heart." We all wish you the very best. ~ Sharon, Johnson City, TN

Just wanted to let Dan Fogelberg know that I am praying for his recovery from cancer. Since my college days in 1974 as a freshman when a girl I had met first let me listen to Dan's first album I have been a fan since. Was even lucky to see Dan perform in Greensboro, NC one time in the 80's . Even had the pleasure to see his friend Tim Weisberg in college and one time since school in the late 80's in concert. Thank you for the wonderful music you have provided to us. You are in a class all to yourself. I long for the music of that time when lyrics made the song. Will always be a fan and will remember you each day in prayer for your healing that only God can provide. Sincerely ~ Mike Duncan

Dear Dan, I am sending my best and strongest prayer for you. Thank you for the gift of your music. Be well and be happy. I will look forward to hearing you at the Keswick again soon. Sincerely ~ Celia

Dan, You are in our thoughts and prayers. May you have a speedy recovery and a much longer life. ~ Kathy & Tim, Galesburg, IL

Dan, I was introduced to your music back in 1979 by my college roommate. I fell in love with the music and have been a big fan since that time. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. Hang in there and keep fighting and everything will turn out fine. I look forward to the opportunity of seeing you in concert again very soon. ~ Jonathan Hogan

I did my stint as a musician and 30 years ago, my band at the time, we used to do the song "Full Circle." I'm one of those who would find great obscure songs to do. I pray that "the circle brings you back again." I want to keep buying everything you record even before I hear it knowing that it will be more of my favorite music. Wishing you a speedy recovery. ~ Sam Stephenson

Dan & Family, My family loves your music! We don't personally know you, but we know from your lyrics and choice in songs that we are kin. I know that nothing happens by accident, and God will use this to draw you closer. When, you over come this disease; you will have new songs to sing. The songs will come from a deeper part of your heart than you have ever sang from before. I pray for you and your family to have the peace of God upon you as you deal with this disease. I also pray for complete, healing in the name of Jesus. Love you, and yours. ~ Bob, Leslie, Lee, Nathan, Beth, Hannah & Jasmine

Dear Dan, My wife, Vicki, and I have been fans of you and your music for 30 years. We have been fortunate enough to see you perform four times, including one solo concert right here in Bakersfield, CA. Our prayers are with you for healing and a complete recovery, as well as our prayers for your wife and family. Vicki is recovering from recent brain surgery, and we have learned that God has a purpose for everything and everyone. May He bless you in this difficult time. ~ Bob Meadows

Dear Dan and Jean, Sending you all the best. My 14 yr old niece was diagnosed with lymphoma four years ago... it was the year from hell for her, for all of us. She is now this beautiful, vivacious 18 yr old, healthy as can be, and we feel blessed. It was so hard, initially, to reach out and accept help from others... in the form of prayers, calls, meals, whatever... But everyone feels so helpless in the throes of cancer and we all need to reach out to one another. This is what made it one of the incredible years as well... along with the pain and fear comes this outpouring of love - in addition to family and friends, from the nurses and docs, from the other families on the hospital floor and most remarkably from the most unsuspecting people and places. Your music has been with me since my college years and I have seen you perform many, many times. You have touched my life. If the concept of karma is true, so much love and joy is returned to you in abundance. Sending healing thoughts and wishes...Warmest Regards ~ Maureen McCarthy

I was introduce to your music by an old love interst. I will always be grateful to him for that. Thank you for the beautiful and insightful music. I will include you in my prayers. ~ Edy Lynn

Dear Dan; I've been a fan of yours since the 70's and your music has always been a significant and tremendously inspiring part of my life. Your words and melodies guided me to a deep appreciation of nature and the depth of human emotions, and I want to send a heartfelt thank you for that. You inspired me to learn your songs and play guitar and sing also, which has been a comfort to me over the years. Thank you for being such a bright light in the world. You are in my thoughts and prayers at this time. ~ Carolyn Mann

Hi Dan, All the best in your current battle and for a speedy recovery. I get to play many of your incredible songs on an Easy Listening station in Nova Scotia called Seaside fm. A lot of us want you around for a lot LONGER... your songs are some of the best ever written and recorded. Thanks for sharing your talent and all the best. ~ Paul Kennedy, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

Dan, I've been a longtime fan ever since Home Free (yep! Way back when...) and was saddened by the news of your illness. You and your music have been inspirations. Probably part of the reason I stuck with pluckin' a guitar which, in turn, probably got me (for better or worse!) into some of the more romantic times of my life, one of which was with the woman whom I've shared my life with for over twenty-one years now. She's my soulmate, lover, and best friend and although I'm not giving you all of the credit, you may have had some small part in the scheme of things. And for that I thank you. If thoughts and wishes are energy, and energy can make things happen, then please know that we're sending our thoughts of healing to you. All our healing hopes and wishes. ~ Christopher Lynch

Dan and Family, The light of Jesus and all the peace, love and joy that He is, is and always has been within you and within all of us. The Kingdom is within. My prayer is that you feel this truth deeply during these days. This past year I have reconnected with your music having come across an old LP of 'High Country Snows' and 'Home Free'. I was delighted to find them. This past week, while flipping through some store Cd's, there, to my surprise and gentle smile, was 'Full Circle'. I feel like I have reconnected these past few months with memories of people, times gone by, music of spirit and myself . Thank you for this gift. How true this line from 'Full Circle' is for me these days. 'Though you always look for what you know. Each time around it makes it new again." All my hopes ~ David Lanzillotti, Bossier City, Louisiana

Dan, You are in my daily prayers. Your music has gotten me through many tough times...I hope you find the peace and calm yourself  for the tough time you are going through. There is a saying, "Do not pray for an easy life, pray for strength for the life you've been given. " May you have the strength you need right now. I will anxiously await your next concert in Houston. Love ~ Julia

Dan, you have been a part of my life for a very long time and I look forward to your continued inspiration and involvement in the music of my life. Please accept all the positive energy I am sending your way for a long and happy life. Peace. ~ Lea

Dan, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. You have touched so many with your music and wonderful spirit. I wish you the very best. Can't wait to see you again in concert !  Always ~ Robin Ricci, Fairfax, VA

Isn't it something the "C" word brings about? All of these wonderful wishes for you and your family. I don't know the number of your days in God's Book of Life and I don't know what you will endure through this journey with your cancer. But I do know this: God works all things for good for those who love Him (a man in my church is experiencing a relationship with God unlike he'd ever had before his cancer-when our focus is changed without it being our decision, we unite quickly with God understanding and comfort). I also know for sure that God brings us through our trials so that we may help someone else who will go through the same thing. I don't know you but as a Christian, you are my brother in the Lord, so we are all part of the same body of Christ. There's such freedom in letting God drive the car while we rest in the passenger seat and trust in His supreme ability. He already knows how this is going to turn out. That has always given me enormous comfort, that someone knows. God bless you and your family Dan. May God give you and your family peace and comfort, the peace that surpasses all understanding. ~ Kristi Huffman

Dear Dan and family, With all that you have given to us, as fans of your amazing talent to speak to our hearts, it is time for us to give back to you. Please know that you have the power of our thoughts and prayers out there, loving and caring for you from a distance. When you are tired, just close your eyes and feel us touching your heart as you have touched ours for so many years. The arms of God are around you and your family, and take comfort in knowing that you are loved... more than you will ever know. A long time fan ~ Rudy O'Connor, Whitewater WI

Dan, My wife told me about your illness after hearing about it on the radio. She took me aside from our two children and told me as if she were talking about a close family friend, because she as everyone in my circle of friends knows how important your music is to me! Being a singer/songwriter/performer myself, "Leader of the Band" always receives the best response. To look out on the audience and see people's eyes misty and crying, that's what music is all about and that's what YOUR music is all about --that emotion and truth in your lyrics and voice we can all identify with. Dan, I live for the day when you beat this illness and walk out on stage again to an overwhelming audience response. May that vision and the prayers and positive energy being sent your way help speed your recovery! With sincerest gratitude ~ Joe Masulli Prospect,CT

Dan, I saw you perform many years ago in Missouri; however, I'm writing to tell you how important your music has been in my life for the past 25+ years. I don't know how many hours I've spent listening to your songs, and they are just as meaningful and beautiful to me as they were a long time ago. Soon I will marry my first love - I've known him for 31 years. I have always planned to have 'Longer' as part of whatever I do when I get married, but didn't think I could, because I'm getting old enough that it wouldn't be true to say that I had know the person forever. It is true with Dennis, though, and I thank you for writing a song that says what I feel for him much better than I ever could. I love him, and your music, with all my heart, and have for a long, long time. My thoughts are with you and your family. ~ Anne Ross,
Jefferson City, MO

Dear Dan; Your profound creations of "poetic wayshowing", musically accompanied and directed my solo vision quests from 1977-1987. Driving my lil red VW Beetle; as chauffeur to Molly (Wolf/Great Dane hybrid), and Fanny (magical-muse in the guise of a blonde Cocka-poo), I wrangled us through much of North America, landing in Juneau, Alaska. If my memory-challenged/hormone depleted time-line is still functioning- I do believe it was in the early summer of 1983 that I was blessed to hear you perform live in concert in Boulder, Colorado.Somewhere near your first encore, my oh-so hurt and closed-down heart opened up like the Grinch's, and on a deep cellular level, my soul was restored to its Feminine essence and I followed it forth into 18 months of consciousness altering terrain...

Dan; whatever dance you are called to join in now, the Limitless Love, Healing, Light and Grace you so generously lavished upon so many, surrounds and infuses your most Precious Self- and all your Beloveds...GO SHINING DEAR ONE!! ~ Rebecca Morris Juneau, Alaska

Dan, I truly believe that my husband is your ultimate "fan" (although I really hate that term), and he turns to your words often. When I called him this morning to tell him about your cancer, he was filled with emotion and said I ruined his day. Jim relates to your music on so many levels, and, in turn, relates to you and your life. We have seen you many times in concert in Kansas City, and your last concert at Starlight Theater was the best yet. Like a fine wine, you get better with age! As you battle this horrible disease called cancer, we will be thinking of you and sending our thoughts and prayers your way. God bless ~ Jim and Bridget from Missouri

Dear Dan, Life has curves at every turn (go figure), but as a fellow fighter for the joy that is life, please know you and your family have the support and prayers of everyone your path has crossed and life you've enriched through one of the greatest gifts a fellow human can share: Music. ~ Jack Straw, Klamath Falls, Oregon

Dearest Dan, You are loved by so many...I hope all these well wishes make you realize how important your music is to SO many people. Keep the faith, as everyone has their "cross to bear". I know this seems overwhelming, but your thousands of fans are praying for you and want to help you through this difficult time. Please let us know how you're doing! ~ Lynn

Dear Dan, I am at a loss as to what to say because it seems it has already been said. I believe you know what an impact you have made on our souls with your music. The depth of your talent is an understatement. Your poetry, storytelling, and musicianship are unsurpassed. Feel the positive thoughts and support we all send to you. Feel the embrace as the circle tightens around you. I won't even try to explain how much you have touched my life with your music. It isn't possible. Suffice it to say that I can't even hear your voice at certain points of my life without weeping. Powerful and moving and deep are words that come to mind. Godspeed, Dan, and thanks for sharing your words and music with us. Prayerfully ~ Wanda Huntley

Dear Dan, Jean and family, I was struck by the news of your cancer, but wanted to share a message of hope with you that I hope will be meaningful. My mother, Joanne, was diagnosed with cancer in 1986 and we were told she was terminal. She was a woman of great faith and one day after all the treatments were completed and she felt strong enough, she attended her church again. During that service, she felt the hand of God touch her and warmth flow through her body from the top of her head to the soles of her feet. As she left the altar, she knew she was healed and two weeks later, all her tests confirmed that the cancer was gone. It never did return. She lived to be 86 and was a great fan of yours. She attended your concerts with me in Champaign and Peoria and loved to watch the concert video, asking for her favorites to be played over and over again. For the 2002 concert in Peoria, she didn't feel strong enough to make the trip, so I called her during her favorite songs and let her hear them over my cell phone. She loved that! The day after Christmas in 2002, she was taken ill and died in April of 2003. I attended your Peoria concert that year and so wanted to tell you that when you played "Run For the Roses" and "Leader of the Band," you were playing them for her, too. I know her spirit attended that concert and that she heard your beautiful music. Thank you for all the years of joy you have brought to my mother and me through the sharing of your talents. You and your family will be in my prayers and I will hope for a complete healing for you. May you all experience God's richest blessings! Love ~ Debora Jones

I  Just wanted to let you know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.mYour Music has brought so much joy and happiness to my life for many years. ~ Tammy Ramsey

Dear Dan, Your words have made a difference in my life. I have been a fan since the 70s. You are a blessing to this world and have had positive influence on it. My prayers are with you and your family and I look forward to seeing you on stage again in the near future. Take care ~ Cathy

Dan, Please accept my and my family's best wishes for a quick recovery from your illness. My first purchased album of yours was "Phoenix" in 1979--senior year in high school. It didn't take long to go out and snatch up the rest of the catalog. Your music helped me through some lonely college years. To this day, whenever I'm back in Utah, my favorite thing to do is drive up Provo Canyon in the fall and put on "Twin Sons". Anyway, I'm sure you know that there are a good number of people out here who have you in their prayers, including us. Be well ~ Marc Carlson, Monrovia, CA.

I've been a fan of yours since the 70s and when I found out about your illness it really hurt me to think that a man with your background could be struck with such an illness. My family and I wish you a prefect recovery and hope that God shines his light on you and heals you. Your music and songs that you write go to the heart and they really mean a lot to me and I'm sure a lot of other people. Someday I hope that I can come and see you in concert. That would make me very happy. Thanks for all the beautiful music and may God be with you. Hope you are better soon. ~ Harold S. Delozier Williamsburg Pa

Dan: We have been a fan for many years.... My father was diagnosed with prostate cancer many years ago and he is doing well... Our thoughts and prayers are with you ~ Barb & John

Dear Dan: No other singer/songwriter has influenced my life the way you have. I discovered you while working at a YWCA camp in '78 at the age of 15. Your music has followed me everywhere ever since. I was shocked to hear of your cancer. I wish you the positive attitude of recovery that is just as important as any treatment you receive. We need you around for many more years and so does Jean. I hope that people will respect your privacy as you requested. Please know that all your grateful fans out here are praying for your recovery. God Bless you as you have blessed us with your music all these years.~ Karen Fiero-Middleburgh,NY

Dear Dan and Family: I, my wife, Christine, and my children, Carlisle and Emma, send our thoughts and prayers to you during this time. I came to love your music in the late 70's (somewhat late, I might add) and have always listened to your music during times of needed inspiration. Many events in my life can be traced, timewise, to an album release or other event in your career. I remember waking up on New Year's Day, I believe before "The Innocent Age" was released, hearing "Same Old Lang Syne" on the radio, knowing it was you even though nothing was said on the radio. I saw you for the first time in concert after "Windows and Walls" was released in Iowa City and Peoria within a two week period. The final time I saw you was April 15, 1994, in Moline. How do I remember? That was the day Christine and I found out she was pregnant with our daughter, Emma. Your music has been such a part of Christine and my lives the past 15 years or so and my family wishes you the best and a speedy and complete recovery. May the magic be with you and yours, always. ~ Denny Peck, Christine Evans, and Carlisle and Emma, Geneseo, Illinois

Dan, Get well soon and may God bless you! Twenty-five years ago, I was a senior at Clay High School in Oregon, Ohio. I had an English teacher, Mrs. Sheila Evans, who ten years earlier was a teacher of yours in Illinois. She gave me the greatest compliment of my life, she said, "Mark, as a writer, you are as talented as Dan Fogelberg was at your age." She played your albums quite often during class. Thou I do not write in any form now I will always remember that compliment. Keep the faith! ~ Mark Placko, Oregon, Ohio

Dear Dan, I was saddened to hear of your recent illness. I have been a fan of yours since the mid 70's; my favorite album is Nether Lands. Please know that my prayers are with you. Stay strong and never forget how many people care about you. Sincerely ~ Cheryl Dobs, Woodbury, Minnesota

Dan, Thank you so much for bringing your beautiful music into my life. Your wonderful and deep lyrics have changed my views of love and the world for the better. Best wishes and may God continue to bless you. You have millions of fans that are praying for you. Again, thank you.~ Randy

Dan & Family, May you be surrounded with love, good thoughts and prayers! Over the years, Dan, your music has always touched my heart, put a smile on my face or tears in my eyes, or given me thoughts to reflect on! May you have a speedy recovery soon! ~ Lynnea

When my heart was heavy and my hopes gone, I put a Fogelberg CD on. His spirit made me laugh and cry and he always showed me why. The spirits know what is good for me. All I had to do was wait and see. Now he is hurting but I know inside he is being led by his Spirit Guide. He will be singing on the stage again in a awhile. This is just a painful trial. So for a time only recorded I will enjoy him though not by choice. And in the blink of an eye I will hear on stage that sexy voice. ~ Julie Rosenbaum - Engelhardt

I'm a Dutch fan and heard today about Dan's illness. I myself had some difficulties, lost my father, my father in law has been diagnosed with cancer, so I will think and pray for thosethree good men and I hope Dan will recover and make us part of the overwhelming beautiful songs such as "The Reach". I hope Dan will find strength out of these announcements. ~ Steven de Vries.Almelo The Netherlands

Dear Dan, Jean and Family - was heartsick to hear the news of your diagnosis. You have been such a big part of my life forever it seems! I have seen you in concert so many times and always came away feeling uplifted and happy.

When I heard the news, I put on one of your albums (yes, the old fashioned kind with the hole in the middle) and as tears were running down my face, my beautiful 8-year-old daughter came into my room and asked me what was wrong. (She too is growing up with your beautiful music and knows all about how it has been so important to me in my life). When I told her why I was crying, she took my face in her hands and said "Don't worry MaMa, he's going to be just fine... Lots of people beat that cancer thing these days!!"... Out of the mouths of Babes Dan!!! You hang in there, be strong and know that there are so very many people out there praying for you!!! You will beat this thing and go on to write and sing your beautiful music for years to come!! My best wishes to you, Jean and your family. ~ Teresa/Ohio

Hey Dan... You and your sweet Jean are in my prayers. I do pray for healing for you...as I feel there are more songs to be written, more hearts to be touched by the wisdom, sweetness and truth of your words. Be strong in the Lord and rest in Him as you journey in this unknown land. There is light in the darkness. Must have hope. I am a registered nurse, and I do know that attitude can change things dramatically.May the Lord sustain you, my fellow journeyman, as you walk this road that I
have walked myself. He will hold you in the palm of His hand and you and yours are being bathed in prayers, good thoughts, and wishes of healing. Sending love and prayers your way, Dan.~ Suzanne Davidson, Dallas, Texas

I discovered you in 1976 after my divorce. I immediately fell in love with your music & words. I have all your music on lp, cassette, and CD. I have seen you 4 times in Dallas (my home) and most recently at the Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth in May 2003 when you started your tour. I still laugh when I think of when you were introducing your band, and the guys kept moving around, you know what you said. There will never be another writer with your gift, and I look forward to your complete remission and more fantastic music coming from the man whose life still is Part of the Plan. ~ Steve Finberg in Dallas

Dear Dan, As a recent cancer survivor myself, I know that with your positive attitude you can beat this. It worked for me! My prayers are with you and your family. ~ Ann

Dan, Take care and get better. I personally believe our challenges are given as a means to help others, having spent a moment in their situations. I'll be agreeing with you that when you get past this, there will be a richer music that again helps many of us go from one stage of living to the next stage of living. No Resemblance Whatsoever has many nice reflections of being an adult looking back and forward in different measures. Best wishes and Geez get better cuz w/o you it's Brittany and other one-dimensional, genetically-altered musicians who can neither write, play instruments, and truth be known, cannot sing without a machine making melody happen where talent cannot. ~ J Traenkenschuh

Get Well Soon Dan. Our prayers and thoughts are with you, Jean and all your family as you get through this difficult time. With your good response to the treatment we do hope it won't be long till you have made a full recovery and can concentrate on all your favourite things again. Thank you for all your beautiful music over the years. We've been listening to you since Captured Angel and still hope to see you live one day over here in England. Meanwhile, take care and be positive and you'll soon be well again. Love ~ Lauretta and family

Dear Dan, I was recently shocked and saddened to hear that you have prostate cancer. I, like so many others, have been a fan since the 70's. Since the late 90's, I have tried to attend one concert every year so that I could feel that raw power and talent close up. It was your concert in Las Vegas July, 2000 that actually saved me. I was taking care of my mother who had been diagnosed with colon cancer a couple of years before. The week of the scheduled concert she was getting much worse. I had brought hospice in. I debated whether or not it was appropriate for me to go from Louisiana to Las Vegas for a
concert, but I felt that I had to get away for a couple of days. Your concert caused me to smile, laugh, and cry. The night after I got home my mother died peacefully in her bed. I truly felt that I would not have been sane enough to handle that and all that followed if I had not had that weekend with you. I will always be grateful. My thoughts and love are with you and Jean during this difficult time. Thank you for all you have given us. ~ Denise

Dear Dan, Your music means the world to me. I look back, as if it were yesterday, listening to your first three albums and the calm that surrounded me then sustains me now. Those were heartbroken times, but you always made me feel better. I was third row for your concert in Charolotte, NC in 83 - I looked at my husband and said "I'm going to marry that man" - probably not the appropriate thing to say to one's husband- we weren't destined to make it anyway. I listen to you every day. I turned my Father on to you as well - my brothers are both hard rock musicians, so you kicked me up several notches in my Dad's eyes! Your wife is a very lucky lady. My prayers are for you and with you. Know that you're loved by everyone. Sincerely ~ Menya

Dan, I cannot tell you how much your music has meant to me. It's so difficult to put into words, and I so badly want you to know how much I appreciate you. I have been listening to your music since I discovered you in college about 15 years ago. Your beautiful lyrics and melodies have touched me in so many ways. Thank you for giving me music that adds so much to my happy life. Thank you for helping me through difficult times, too. Your music always cheers me up and soothes me. I think I appreciate nature more because of you. I feel so lucky to have found an artist who touches my soul the way you do. I was so sad to hear about your illness. After hearing the news, I had a dream that I actually got the opportunity to tell you how much you have meant to me. In my dream I told you how you have touched me. It was so nice to be able to share that with you. (If only my words could come as easily in real life!) I shared this dream with a dear friend of mine who is also a big fan of yours. She thought that I should share it with you. Dan, it is obvious that your fans love you. I hope my words and the good wishes of all your other fans can help add to the strength that you already possess and help you to conquer this disease. You and your family are in my prayers. I wish you a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing you in concert for the 7th time. Love ~ Marji Nisnick

Dear Dan, I remember your music most when I did my training in gastroenterology in the late 1970s. I have always enjoyed it especially "Leader of the Band" and what I believe is a tribute to your father. As a father myself, I have used that song to bond with my two sons and thank you for that. I hope you have a speedy recovery and hope you return to Dallas when your health returns. I will be at that concert when you come. Until then. Sincerely ~ Randal B Macurak MD

My Lord, I just checked your website searching for the dates you would be visiting in the area where I live and learned of your recent challenge. Dan, I am not a "fan" sort - I am a person whose life you have touched with your music for over twenty five years. And, at times, that was much needed. No matter what else I listen to musically, your lyrics and melodies always draw me back and remain central - a guidepost for me. This, in fact, is the first time I have ever visited your website. I had shared your music with a friend who I knew would love it (Sure enough, he said, "Where did you find this guy?" He's been lost in only classic country and western for years...), and wanted to invite him to hear you in person during your fall tour. You should know much your music has meant to me. Strength to you, Dan and to Jean, as well. I'm sending you both positive thoughts and will continue to do so. With sincere appreciation ~ Becky Papesh Manning

Dan; Sending up good wishes and prayers from "Old Tennessee". You have given me much joy and solace through the years, if all I am able to give you is my prayers, I will gladly give them. God's speed, my friend. ~ Stanley L. Robinson, Eagleville Tennessee

To Dan and his family and friends: May you find strength, courage and peace within yourselves and each other. Healing prayers ~ Marion - Thibodaux, Louisiana

Dan-You are a survivor! You will beat this thing! You have given so much to so many through your music. My seven children and I send our best wishes and prayers for a speedy recovery. May God Bless You and your family. We send our love ~ Roseann Hurley

Wishing only the best for you your family and praying for your recovery. Your very long time fan ~ Linda

Dan and family - You are in our thoughts and prayers. Your life and your music have great meaning to us and to our generation. You have comforted us, prayed with us, gotten angry for us and showed us how to love. Now it is your turn to let those you have inspired, impressed and enthralled support you in this journey of healing. May the Goddess of love and light inbue hope and wellness in your life and hold you and your family in her arms until your health and well-being are restored. Hoping for your complete recovery ~ Monica and Steve Lange, Seal Beach, CA

Dear Dan and Family, Still thinking of you every day and hoping for a speedy recovery. Whenever that question comes up about if you could have dinner with anyone on earth, who would it be, I always say Dan Fogelberg because it would be so interesting to talk to the person who wrote, played, sang all of those beautiful songs that mean so much to me and because I have a few questions. Thank you for a lifetime of music. Please get well soon. ~ Bonnie from Santa Rosa

I have spent hours listening to your songs, literally wearing out cassette tapes in the process. I can't begin to tell you how much your songs have inspired me, lifted my spirits, and helped to center me. When I heard the news of your diagnosis, I got a lump in my throat and began to cry. Like most of your fans, I'm sure, (despite the fact that you have no idea who I am), I feel as though I have known you most of my life. If intense, healing thoughts alone could heal you, you would be healed. You are in my prayers. May God Bless You... ~ Diana

Dear Dan: I googled over to Jackson Browne's site for information regarding his latest Phoenix outdoor concert and a fan posted regarding your condition and I was in total shock!!! You and Jackson have always been my all time favorites. I have been a music fanatic since I was young and discovered your music "The Home Free" album by taking a gamble. My sister, who was living in Phoenix, Az at the time, wrote me a letter about a gifted songwriter "Don Fogelberg" that KDKB the progressive rock station was playing a lot and she knew that I would love his music. I went to the only record and head shop in town and no one had ever heard of "Don Fogelberg" but there was a "Dan Fogelberg" listed in this huge musicians directory. So I immediately ordered an album I had never heard, by an artist I never heard of!!! Dan, you didn't disappoint, and went on to buy every album you ever made, not to mention the countless concerts I attended. What really blew me away was when later I learned you were from Peoria, Illinois and had played in coffee houses down in Urbana, Illinois---wish I had known that back then, so I could have cheered you on!!! But I'm cheering for you now, because it is important to be positive as I have learned from my own health problems. Thank You for sharing your soaring spirit, your enlightened soul and your brilliant lifeforce with the universe. You will rise above and be free. There is a place in the world for a gambler!!!!! May love surround you ~ Barbara in Phoenix, Az

My prayers and thoughts are with you. Back in 1976 (or there abouts), my brother took me to see you in concert at Youngstown State University. You performed solo. To this day and many other concerts later, it still is one of my most memorable moments and your music that night inspired me to pick up a guitar and learn a few chords. You opened up a new world of thoughts for me through music. Thank you and again get well soon. ~ Mike Kostyk

I think of you often, and hope you are making progress in your fight against cancer. You have been a large part of mine and my husband's (we're married 27 yrs!) musical life. We've seen you many times in the Milwaukee area, and hope that you will tour back this way in good health very soon. God bless, and God speed in your recovery. We love you, and want to see you back on the road again soon. Our thoughts are with you. ~ CG/Grafton WI.

Dan, We've loved your music for years.I pray that the Lord will continue to give you strenght and the courage you need to face this battle. May the Lord have his hand upon your family as well, our thoughts and prayers are with you. ~ Harry & Debbie. (Atlanta, Ga)

I just heard the news and I went straight to the website to see how help could be offered. Just last night I had suggested Dan's name as a performer for a significant event to be held in the spring of '05 in the Southwest. In the past 33 years I doubt that I've listened to more hours of music from any other single artist. Dan has been there with me at the beautiful sun rises in my life and during the darkest nights of the soul. I will pray for his return to good health and ask my many friends to join in the prayers.I very fondly remember the "coffee house" days when we'd play and sing Dan's songs along with Joni Mitchell tunes, CSN and others. Just last week I videotaped a conference on healing at the University of Maryland, called "Remembering your Spirit." I made many new friends and will ask them to support Dan's healing in their own many ways. With my deepest admiration for his art. Love ~ Mike Wicklein

Dan and Fogelberg Family: My hope is that you shadow Lance Armstrong and have your greatest days of success after cancer treatment. Along with so many, I have been a fan for years, first being pulled in by Captured Angel. Now, I'm a 51 year old groupie with all the LPs, CDs, DVD, an iPod full of everything you've done, tee shirts, a promo poster of you at the Waikiki Shell above my desk, and have seen you in concert in four states. Highlights were hearing you do "Leader of the Band" for your father at the Rosemont Horizon in 1984 and "The Reach" on a pier in Seattle. I find myself telling strangers on the street "His best songs are one's you've never heard". Like great classical music, your work never ages. Thank you for the huge role you and your work have played in my life. My small role in yours has been to pay for one of your treatments..~ Paul Roline, Eugene, OR.

Dan, Please know that all of your fans support you in your journey of recovery. I know that you will continue to "live strong" and be a continuing inspiration to everyone who's lives you have touched with your music. God be with you and your family. Love and Prayers ~ Toni Rantala

Dan, I fell for your music the first time I heard "Longer." You are the only artist that I can buy a new album from without ever hearing a song and know that I'll be glad I did. Your music touches all aspects of our lives and our hearts. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I am looking forward to the news that you are cancer-free and feeling fine again. ~ Donna Kottcamp

Dan- My heartfelt prayers are with you and your loved ones. My Dad fought and beat prostate cancer, as will you. Get well. I will be looking forward to the rescheduled tour. ~ Dan Gillette, Madison WI

Dear Dan, my prayers are with you still, they say if someone is on your mind, it is a sign to pray for them. Just hope you are feeling better and keeping a positive outlook, and fighting the dickens out of this cancer, you have to be a fighter, and I know you will win over your illness. From working in the health field, I do know that broccoli and brussel sprouts are good foods to fight cancer, and brussel sprouts, YUCK! Just get better and better, because you are the BEST!! During one of the many majestic performances of Dan Fogelberg, that I attended, I believe it was in Peoria, he told a story of when he was living in Peoria, still quite a young man, he would sit by this factory, on the curb of the street with his guitar, and would try to write music, and he said it had apparently just rained, and the cars would drive by and splash him, he chuckled after this comment at the show in Peoria.Well Dan you have to sort of treat this cancer like those cars that splashed you, splash them back! ~ Susan Kodrich (Springfield, Illinois)

Dearest Mr. Fogelberg: A friend, years ago in college, introduced me to you and your music. Since then you have been an emotional lynchpin whenever I listen to your work. I have learned that you are facing a challenge in your life and, if this is correct, I send my thanks for all that your gift of music has meant to me, along with my fervent wishes for improved health and hopes that you continue to learn, experience, make meaningful music, enjoy your life, and love. Namaste' ~ Holly

My son, Michael Rosenbaum plays Lex Luthor on the hit series "Smallville." He listened to you from the time he was in my stomach. He plays Fogelberg songs in his trailor while they have a break in filming. He has grown up singing "Longer". Part of his love of acting and music is because of you. We love you and know that nothing will hold you down. We are waiting to see a Hollywood concert together. ~ Jullie Rosenbaum

Dan - My prayers are with you and your family. Your music has been a large part of my life since the 70's and I never tire of listening to the words of your life (and my life at times). Your concerts are always a pleasure to go to and I'm looking forward to "Seeing You Again". Good luck to you ~ Karen Spaw

Dear Dan and family, Our heartfelt prayers and thoughts are with you through this trying time. I work with very ill patients on a daily basis and I know the struggles the patient and the families endure daily. Your faith, love and family will always pull you through and I know you will beat this and be fine in no time at all!! Thank you for the beautiful music and lyrics you have given to us over the years, I'm so looking forward to seeing you in concert soon!! My husband and I have wonderful memories to many of your songs that will last a life time. I am a very huge fan of Peter Frampton and will post on the website today for prayers for you all, strength in numbers!!! God Bless you ~ Lora Baer

Dear Dan and Family-Our heartfelt prayers of healing and strength are with you. Your music has touched both our lives and your Christmas CD is always heard in our home over the Holidays. May this outpouring of love and support from all your grateful fans be a beacon of light for you and may this light shine brightly upon you and your family. We look forward to seeing you in concert again in the future. Take care and God Bless! ~ Tom and Faith Webster Shawano,WI

Dear Dan and Family:May God strengthen your life. Life is nothing but a minute in the History but we can rest when we have done what we were created for. Life never would be the same without your music. Here, in South America you have a multitude of people that are praying for you. We really love you! ~ Danny

Dan - When I heard of your illness, my heart broke. Your music has been part of my soul. It was your music that I turned to when I found my first love. You are so very talented and it calms my spirit to listen to your songs. I enjoy the fact that we are both from Illinois. I live near Kankakee (another river). Remember, you come from the Midwest. Hardy stock. You'll be fine. Wishing you courage and strength -- and endless good wishes. Sincerely ~ Jennifer Heywood

Dan ~ You have touched so many lives, it is only fitting that so many want to give back to you. As a devout Christian, I know God is in control and will see you through this time and use this experience to help others. Take good care of yourself and may you and your family be strengthened with this outpouring of prayers that encircles you now. From a Massachusetts fan since ’72 ~ Lenore

Dan: I was a huge fan of your music in the 80's & 90's. Your music brought me through some very difficult times in my life. Especially the illness and death of my Mom. I have never forgotten that. I heard about your own battle on the news. I want you to know that you are on my daily prayer list. I pray that God will be with you & your family. And that He will guide your doctors during your treatment. Know that there are lots of people, that you don't even know, whose lives you have touched and who are now praying for you. Take care. ~ Patty Rzonca

Dan- I've loved you for 30 years - my family loves you - there isn't a day goes by in our home without your music being played. Last year my wife and I flew to Atlantic City to see you in concert - an ambition fulfilled - now our ambition is to come and see you again and again and again, and we will. So embrace the power of positive thought and the collective universal mind which is right behind you. This is just another test which will undoubtedly sail through. Looking forward to the news of your all clear. ~ Peter & Family Bournemouth England

Dan, Like so many others, I too, have been a fan since the '70's. And my children - ages 21 and 25, grew up listening to you as well. We even had the good fortune to meet you 10 years ago next month, at your concert here in Birmingham, Alabama. It was my son's birthday and you graciously agreed to meet us backstage in the "green room". Our brief meeting couldn't have been more special to all of us, Dan. You are a special man....And it shows. On stage and off. Your music has touched my life and the lives of so very many others in such profound ways. I have no doubt at all; Had you lived 100, 200 years ago - we ALL would have studied DAN FOGELBERG in our classrooms as one of the Greatest American Poets of all time. I believe you were born to do *just exactly what you do* and you could never have done anything else! And I don't believe that God is finished with you yet. But NEVER FORGET this one thing, Dan.....God is the Great Physician and He's in the healing business!! All we have to do is pray it thru - and we can do that!!! _* EVER ON, DAN!! EVER ON!!!* Much love and thanks! ~ Julie Lacey, Birmingham, Alabama

Dear Dan ~ When my wife and I got married back in May, 2000, we played 'Longer' during the wedding ceremony, as we both felt it to be that "special" song that truly captures the essence of being in love. Thanks for writing it, and all your other great songs that we have enjoyed, and we hope and pray that you overcome your current illness. ~ Paul and Therese from Wellington, New Zealand

If only I could give back to you the hours of help and healing your music has given to me. I have multiple sclerosis, and it was only a few days after getting that diagnosis that my husband found and purchased for me the Full Circle album. I read the notes about why you wrote the song Icarus Ascending, but it has had an entirely different meaning for me. It gives me hope and courage to go on, when my body fails me. A reminder that there is a higher plane on which we exist. I am still working but on some days it is very hard, so I printed the words out and have them on my desk, as a message of hope when I need it. I send thoughts of hope and faith that I have gained from years of listening to your every word, and your every note, and I forward it back to your heart, so that you may reap the rewards of that which you have sewn. With hope for a speedy recovery ~ Linda Bittick

Here's our best wishes and our prayers for the man who can say in three words what takes most men three hundred. Let your faith be your strength and your love be your shining star. ~ J

As a 2 year breast cancer survivor I have faith that you will survive this and give us your great music for many years to come ~ Deb Tice

Thinking of you tonight as autumn approaches and I am listening to "Nether Lands" and "Home Free". Thank you for the music, the exposure of the soul and beyond. A full and speedy recovery to you. Best regards ~ John Lush

Dear Dan, My 29 year old daughter recently ordered 2 tickets to your concert at Chastain Park in Atlanta, GA. She & I were so looking forward to seeing you & hearing your beautiful music. It would be her 1st Fogelberg concert & my 6th or 7th !! We were so very sorry to hear that the Tour was cancelled.. and the reason why. Please know that you are in our thoughts & prayers & we wish you a speedy & complete recovery. And we still look forward to seeing you in concert, in the very near future. Sincerely ~ Lynda & Tara

Dear Dan,You'll be in my prayers as you continue to battle this disease. How proud and satisfied you must feel at this point to know how much others feel about you.God Bless and keep a positive attitude ~ CA Supance

As a cancer survivor myself  I send my heartfelt wishes for a healthy future and I encourage you to laugh each day. I send you many thanks for your music, and look forward to many more years of pleasure from your music and voice. I am 7 years in remission and God has blessed my life as He is doing right now for you and your family. Stay strong, love life as you do, and seek the best path. Sincerely, a fan ~ Susan Vann

Dear Dan, I've been running 5 miles (almost) everyday for a while now. When I began it was to stay fit. But I soon came to realize it was so much more. Running outside with the wind, feeling the warmth of the sun, or the sprinkle of the rain, breathing in fresh air strengthens my spirit. When I'm half way through my run and it seems like I can't go any more a concentration comes to me and helps me with discipline giving me the will to continue. Then all of a sudden my body is being carried by something way beyond my being. What a rush! Something wonderful happens during my run, I touch with the nature beings, with God, with goodness, gratitude and well being. And for that moment in time I'm free and one with the universe. So I run for these reasons, and now for one more...for you. You'll make it!

Dear Dan, I am so sorry to hear that you have advanced prostrate cancer. I have really enjoyed your music over the years. I wish you all the best in your treatment and hope you make a speedy recovery. My thoughts are with you ~ Wendy Trahan

Dan, A longtime fan of your music. My prayers are with you & your family. My mother is currently battling cancer, music helps alleviate the stress. I use it regularly and your music is some of the best. God Bless & Keep You. ~ Debbie-Wolfe City, TX

Dear Dan, I have certainly admired you for so many years. Your music and lyrics are deep in my soul and a part of who I am. I have been with you since the 70's and will continue to love your music until I die. My prayers are with you and may your recovery be quick. May God Bless you and your family. ~ Lynne Peter, Venice Florida

Dear Dan & Family: It's as vivid as if it was yesterday, when I received a tape from my cousin, Mike. As best friends and singer-songwriter-guitarists, not necessarily in that order, we would send tapes of what was going on. I, Paul, lived in MD at the time and Mike lived in NC. It was cheaper to keep in touch in our pre-cell phone days. So one day in about 1976, I received one of Mike's tapes, and in it he tells me of this fabulous artist named Dan Fogelberg. He said to first turn off the lights, lay back, and close my eyes. Then he said play the tape and let your imagination go for a ride. The song was "Dancing Shoes". I was so overwhelmed that I begged my parents to take me to the store so I could buy the "Nether Lands" album. When I returned home, I laid back and listened to the album. I was so blown away that I begged my parents to take me back to the store. They made me wait, but when I ended up buying all your albums up to that point. And I have been a loyal buyer ever since. God Bless you for all you have done for me through the pleasure of your music. I know you will fight this cancer. And  I know the good Lord will be right there beside you. He gave you a gift, and I appreciate your sharing it. I look forward to checking this website and hearing more about you and your progress. Take Care ~ Paul Larson, Ashburn, VA

Dear Dan and Family: God is still on his throne and working wonders for us and through us, and you are next. When the Lord heals you, and you are well rested, can you please bring your tour through Toronto, Canada?! There are many here that are praying for you to get well and to keep on playing and singing. We believe it before we see it!! Peace. ~ Wendy W.

Dan, I first saw you perform in Ohio when I was a student at Kent State - twenty-five years later I still can't wait to listen to your beautiful music. Please take care of yourself and know you are in my thoughts and prayers. ~ Peg Fawcett, Reynoldsburg, Ohio

Hope everything will be alright,our thoughts and prayers are with you. Thanks for the music. ~ Phil & Pam

I would just like to send my thoughts and prayers to Dan and his family. I had the privilege to see Dan in concert last year and I must say, it was one of the best I have ever seen. I have been a fan for years and will continue to be for years to come. Good luck and may God bless you. Sincerely ~ Becky Carty, Indianapolis, IN

Dearest Singer of Tales, Interpreter of Dreams and Comforter of Exiles, how can we thank you? Of faith, hope and love have you given far more than you could ever receive. What more can be asked of a life? From all of us whose way you have lit, let our prayers be our thanks for now. And from one whose travels across "a map unknown" you helped begin years ago (yet which began in earnest only this summer), my deepest personal thanks and prayers. If anything that is mine to give is desired, name it and it is yours; otherwise, let my persistent and best efforts as a cartographer be my gift of gratitude. If it helps an exile find his way home, you may be sure that he too will speak your name with like gratitude. God's blessings be upon you as you continue your own way, Daniel, whether here or hereafter. Health, life and peace....Love ~ Dean Carter Brehio, North Liberty, Iowa

Dear Dan and family, My husband and I have been devoted to your music since we first got together. We play Innocent Age double album all the time. We think it is the greatest album ever made. We saw you in Manhattan several years ago for a benefit concert with Roseanne Cash and Mary Chapin Carpenter and then a couple years ago in PA at the Keswick. We were so sorry to hear about your cancer and are pulling for you to make a full recovery. Take care of yourself and know that you have positively impacted our lives. Best Regards ~ Brenda Wire

Dan, was so saddened to hear of your illness and have kept you and your family in prayers since. I hope you get excellent care and the privacy you have requested and need during this time. It is amazing how God sends people into our lives in our times of need. May you continue to know God's healing presence and strength. I am so very grateful for the music you have shared through the years. You have been a special blessing to many. Peace to you and yours ~ Kate.

You are in my prayers Mr. Fogelberg. My father was diagnosed with prostate cancer in December 1999, had surgery in March of 2000 and today is as healthy as a horse. My best wishes for you and your family. ~ RClemons

I have been a fan of yours Dan from the very beginning of your career....I even played your music
to my son (when he was in the womb!) and after, so he was born with an affinity for your music, he even played all your albums on his little record player at age 6 (unbeknownst to me), and has since replaced them all with tapes and CD's over the years. He is now a big Metallica fan, but still loves your music and knows all the words to all the songs, as I do! Your music meant so much to me over the years, it is so beautiful and the lyrics are so poignant and relevant to so much of life. My husband and I saw you at the Holiday Star in Merrillville and he was very impressed by what he heard! (He's been a musician for 30+ years) I am a cancer survivor X 2...beating the odds in some very tough circumstances. I am the poster child (at 52!) for love and faith overcoming all obstacles! My prayers are with you and your family! Thank you so much for all the years of incredible music and poetry and I look forward to more of the same! God Bless you ~ Kim Galus

Dan, I read of your illness today and the news brought tears to my eyes. I grew up in Ft. Collins, Colorado and lived in Denver for many years before moving to Dallas in 1992. My years in Colorado were filled with your music. And today when I hear your beautiful songs it brings me back to those great times filled with wonderful memories. I wish you a very speedy recovery. My thoughts and prayers are with you. ~ Marla Littman

Dan,Thanks to my wife - who let me know it was you who sung many of the songs that I loved growing up, I am now a huge fan of your music. I pray that you and your family will have the peace of God. You are the writer of beautiful songs. May you write for many more years to come. In Christ, ~ Eric and Amy in Kentucky

Dear Dan, God speed for a quick recovery. I have loved your music for many, many years. I bought your 4 cd set " Portrait" and love it. I drive from Kansas City to Cambridge, Minnesota to see my twin sister at least 4 - 5 times a year. The minute I pull out of the driveway, I pop these cd's in. It is amazing how quick 9 hours pass. One of my favorite song is "Forefathers." Dan, please get well soon. You are in my prayers. God bless you. ~ Alice

I grew up listening to your music. Every time one of your songs come on the radio till this day I don't turn the channel. I've got your tapes and cd's and no matter how many times I listen to them, I get the same feelings of happiness. I am so sorry to hear about the cancer and I know you will beat it. Hang in there. Don't give up.. I will be praying for you. ~ Renee Shutts (Just a fan)

Dan, your music has profoundly influenced our lives and our own music. Our son, Daniel Mason is named after you - and the meaningfulness of your music and lyrics. My family's prayers and all the positive energy we can share are with you. God bless. ~ Jeff, Lisa & Mason Kolb

In 1974, as an 18 year old on Manitoulin Isld, Ont. Canada I first heard your music and have been spellbound since. Now living in southwest Ontario my spouse of  26 yrs and I go to any concert you have in Detroit area. We wish you renewed health and pray for curing medicine. ~ Ted and Jill Schweitzer

I just wanted to let you know you are in the thoughts and prayers of many fans across the US. Here's wishing you a speedy recovery! ~ Tammy Bush

Dan, it seems as though you are an old and cherished friend. I've been a fan for several years and had the good fortune to see you several years ago in Toledo, Ohio at the zoo there. You were there, alone with a piano and guitar. What a treat! The pandas were there on loan, but you were the true attraction. My heart aches to hear this news, but you've got scores of folks flooding you with good vibes and wishes. Feel that strength, it must be quite a rush! I'll be waiting to hear some new fresh tunes, and those time worn classics. God, Buddha, and whatever power there is out there, tap into that strength, and bless you and your family!! ~ Leeann Snyder, Upper Sandusky, OH

Dear Dan, I've been experiencing the effects of prostate cancer for the past 3 years now. My Dad (83) has it and my cousin (53 also) just had surgery for it. Please know that you are in my prayers and that through all this, I hope you will experience the true peace of God that surpasses all understanding. Lastly, I'm so thankful for your music. I'm a "young" 46 year old and especially in my 20's, I had such a crush on you. :) "Longer" is one of my all time favorite songs and always will be. Thank you for the beauty and joy you've given me through your gift. Take care and God bless you and your family. ~ Sharon Nixon-Escochea, Torrance, CA

Dear Dan and Jean: I was just about to book tickets to your "Fall 2004 Solo Acoustic Tour" at the Palace Theater in Greensburg, PA, when I learned of the news of your prostate cancer. I am, however, thrilled by your expression about being "encouraged by the progress I am making." My wife and I wish you and your families peace of mind and spirit and wish you well in your battle! You are in our prayers! I feel in my soul that I have so much more to say, yet I am speechless! Much love ~ Dave & Rhonda Wexler

Dan, Best wishes to you & yours for a speedy recovery!! I've enjoyed your music since first hearing "To The Morning" back when. On Fridays, at work, when I need some music to unwind & work on paperwork, I pop in one of your CD's. You have shared many a Friday morning with "Traffic", various Windham Hill artists, celtic music, David Benoit, Antonio Carlos Jobim, just to name a few. Warmest wishes & thanks for making my Fridays & other music listening moments an enjoyable experience!!! Know you are in the thoughts & prayers of many ~ Glynis Buschmann

Our prayers and good wishes are with you and your family for a full recovery.

Dan and family, we hold in our hearts kind thoughts for quick and complete recovery. You have been an inspiration for us, now we will be the same for you. You will overcome this and sail into the sunset many days ahead. Your music (Longer) helped bless our wedding 22 short years ago, today we still find the words to be as true and unparalleled. You don't even know us and yet we are in your debt, you've given of your soul, words, emotion, wisdom for life, and still have much to go I'd bet. Ever grateful for your sharing ~ Rick & Linda

I just read about your battle with cancer. I, too, fought that battle. It has been three years since I was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 45. I found that I needed to look inside me for strength, look to my family and friends for support, and look above me for God's guidance and love. It turns out that my cancer was a very wonderful gift in a very ugly package. I learned what was really important in life and I learned not to sweat the small stuff! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. ~ Nancy Hunter

Dan, I have been a fan since I was 10 years old (so that was 31 years ago). I have attended so many of your concerts, I cannot even count them. I am praying for your quick recovery. I was so sorry to hear the news. Just know you have brought a great deal of happiness to millions of people! God Bless ~ Deb from St. Louis, MO

We have been fans since day one and wish you the very best. ~ Mark and Judy Welday, Wadsworth, Ohio

Sorry to see the news that one of our best singers is ill..Hope you get well, Dan ~ Ricky in Dallas TX

Dear Dan, Please know that you and your family are in my prayers. It's a scary thing to face, but it sounds like you're already on the great road to recovery. My sister, Jean, found out last fall, only weeks after our father passed away - that her husband had prostate cancer. Through surgery and treatment, he is cancer free. We know from our own personal experience just how blessed you are to have a loving family surrounding you during this time. I have loved your music since the beginning - and to this day, it brings back some of the most wonderful memories of my carefree years in the 70's. I was thrill the day I heard "Run for the Roses", as I've always been passionate about horses and the "Derby". Please take care of yourself and know there are literally millions of fans like me, who are waiting for your triumphant victory over this disease and your return to your music. Being a fellow musician, your music will help you get through this almost as much as having your family. You're very fortunate to have both. God Bless ~ Lynn

Dear Dan: I have been trying to write this for two weeks. I feel completely inadequate to write a letter of hope, strength and joy to someone whose music I turn to so often for those very comforts. Thirty-two years of comfort. Two weeks ago, I sent it all back to you in a prayer. There is one thing on my “To Do” list that has been there for far too long – see Dan Fogelberg in concert. I almost made it happen when you were last in San Diego. Some day in the not too distant future I hope to accomplish that joyful task. I will be there sitting in the cheap seats, singing along, and thanking you for the music. For now, I am keeping a good thought for you and your family. Peace be with you and those that love and care for you. All the best from this distant shore ~ W.J. Ayers, Alaska

Dear Dan, Your music has always been an inspiration. I wish you the very best and me and my family will keep you in our prayers. God will use this to once again inspire you so you can inspire others. God Bless You Dan! ~ Barry Roberson, Monroe, NC

Dan - my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time - keep positive thoughts and you will be cured and singing for all of your fans soon. All my best ~ Patty, NY

Dan, My husband and I love your music and were lucky enough to see you in concert many years ago. I wish you good health and strength to beat this disease. ~ Julie P

Best wishes for a very special person in our lives. You have given us so much from your music. I hope everything turns out well and you have the faith and support to keep strong. You can beat this! Our prayers and love is with you ~ Greg and Claire

Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time. Many, many times your music was there for me during difficult times in my life. During those times you brought me hope and inspiration and a sense that the was reason to the difficulty. Now I return your good grace with many positive thoughts during your time of need. God Bless you and keep you safe during this illness! All the Best ~ Paul Vann, Tallmadge, Ohio

Hi Dan: Best wishes to you. I also have cancer (lymphoma) and have gone through numerous cancer treatments. I know all too well what you are up against. My thoughts and prayers are with you. ~ Diana from Madison, WI

Dan, I am perhaps your biggest fan! I even met you back in 1984 when I told you, "don't ever lose your heart or your soul" and you gave me the heart pounding gesture. You were so funny. I have listened to you since 1976 and my all time favorite album is Souvenirs. I attend every concert in my area and look so forward to them. It's hard to put in words what your music has meant to me except to say it's defined my whole life. I have listened to every song you have ever sang and find my soul in every lyric and musical note. I love you Dan and wish you a speedy recovery! ~ Leslie

Dear Mr. Fogelberg, keep on fighting the good fight... you will find, there is no end to the depths of faith. With enough love for a thousand hearts ~ CJ Morrison (22 year cancer survivor)

Dan and Jean, When I got this news I was moved to say that the Lord is a miracle worker and a way maker. Pray and stay strong in your faith. He is our strength and comfort. God will continue to bless you. My prayers go out to you and your family during one of our may trials. ~ Yolanda

Dan, I'm sure the good Lord realizes you still have a whole lot to offer and will leave you with us a bit longer to share. Take care and get well soon. I'm looking forward to your make up tour. ~ Joe

Hi Dan, Wow...It's funny how someone you don't even know can feel like such a friend. Words escape me right now but I know I want you to get better. I sing and I write and you inspired me not to give up. You just don't know. Your music has crossed the color line as well and touched my heart. I want you to get better Dan. I want you to be healthy and whole. I am a survivor and so are you. Words cannot convey the depth of my emotions right now to see you healthy. I'm asking God for a special favor. If you are not ready to go, then just don't go. Stay and fight. Stay and live. I will stand and believe and fight with you. You are a friend in a way that you could never know. You've reached so many people but for each of us, it has been a personal experience. Thank you and your friends for the chance to share this with you. I now stand with you. Fight...and win my friend...fight and win.....Your friend in music ~ Sherelle Cary Smith

Both my wife and I are great fans of you. We’re living in our native country again (The N Netherlands), but a couple of years ago we used to live in Southern California. We took every opportunity to go to one of your concerts when you were performing in our area. We saw you at the Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, and a couple of times in Anaheim and Santa Ana. We even flew to Tempe AZ once to attend your concert. This was back in 1993 and we were on vacation in the U.S. Not knowing whether or not we would ever be able to attend one of your concerts, we got on a flight from LA, booked a hotel and got a rental car for three days. Our son, born on November 8, 2003, is named Daniel. We quietly hope that he will pick up a guitar when he gets a bit older and, like the person he is named after, will make beautiful music and sing inspiring lyrics. Our best wishes to you and your family from two loyal fans ~ Monique and Miguel Courtois , The Hague, The Netherlands.

Dan and Family: Your music is so intertwined with the soundtrack of my life. I remember the first night (in 1972) I heard Home Free. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you. Sincerely ~ Jonelle Birney Sullivan, Glen Ellen California

Dan the Man, I Love your music. There's times you make me weak in the knees with your beautiful songs. I know what you are faced with. I know at times it will feel so fine. At other times you're gonna want to scream "why me?" God has laid out our lives for us. Faith will get you through this. You can do it. You can do any thing you set your mind to. Look at all the beautiful songs you have made for me and so many others to enjoy. :) My husband had cancer 3 years ago. We are OK now. But the last 2 years have been tough. The doctors originally said he would die from melanoma. Prayers changed that. Last year he was told he would lose his left leg due to the cancer. Prayer changed that too. He can walk and jog with both his legs. Thanks to God he is cancer free. Make sure you eat all your cross veggies. They fight cancer too. I will pray for you and your family to get through this. You will! I believe in you!! Just another well wisher for you ~ Roberta Hawkins ~ Calif.

Know that you are firmly in my prayers through this battle. I have loved your music since my college days and have seen you in concert at every opportunity, most recently at the Murat Theater in Indianapolis. You' ve my deepest respect as an artist and activist. I look forward to seeing you again - healthy and happy - soon! ~ Donna

We have been fans since the beginning. Please hurry and get well soon. Our best wishes are with you and your family. ~ Sue and Scott

Dan, In the midst of Tropical Depression Frances making her way through North Carolina, I send you positive energy for a full recovery. Your music has touched me for many of my 34 years. I recently prepared a CD entitled "Some of My Favorite Songs" that I will be giving as Christmas gifts this year. The singers run the gamut from Kathleen Battle, Mahalia Jackson, Renee Fleming, Mandy Patinkin to Garth Brooks and others. It includes your song, "To the Morning," which I always associate with the wonderful days of my first year in college. My college roommate introduced me to this song and it has always been special to me. I later learned that it was your first song and the one that indicated you could make a life making music. It was also written the year I was born. It saddens me to know you are having to deal with this at such a young age, but I have full confidence you will recover and be stronger than ever. You are a beautiful gift to many, many people, and I pray that your legacy continues. Best wishes to you and yours. God bless ~ David Arnold

Dan, allow me to join so many others who wish you well during your fight against this disease. I had the great privilege of meeting you in San Luis Obispo, California in 97 after a solo concert at Cal Poly University. As with many, you have been an inspiration to me and a favorite artist since I heard you in the '70s after years overseas in the service. Despite our fame and fortunes, we are all just men and women, special in God's eyes, no better or worse than anyone else. Prayer and support are the only currency you need to overcome this challenge. Thanks for the wonderful music. ~ Bruce-Paul Scott

Dan, you have been a part of my life and my families life for more than 30 years. Please know you are in our prayers. ~ Michael Pearce

Dan, your music has touched my heart so many times. I am praying for your speedy recovery and know that God will sustain you and bring you through this difficult period. My brother, Leonard, is undergoing Chemotherapy now for cancer, so I know from his experience some of the things you are going through. Keep us posted on your website of your progress. ~ Elaine Byrd

Dan, You are my all time favorite artist. May God bless you and your family during this challenging time. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I hope you tour in Kansas City when you are back on the road and feeling great! ~ LL

My best wishes in a speedy recovery to you. I only have one of your CD's and it's your first one. I listen to it all the time. My favorites of yours are "To The Morning" and "More Than Ever"....I look forward to hearing more of your music so get some rest! Sincerely ~ Jody Morrissette, Musician

Hello Dan, We are fans and have been for years. Your music has been an inspiration to all who had the privilege of listening. We keep you in our thoughts and prayers. ~ Fans from Cincinnati

Dan, I was introduced to your music back in 1977 when a close friend of mine knew that I could find comfort in "Lessons Learned". Since then I have always found that your music could speak directly to my heart. I will now carry thoughts and prayers for you and your family there and will look forward to the day that you can share your victory over this trial with us.~ Sherry Geller

For more years than sanity should allow, I've been in the broadcast industry. Needless to say I've seen everyone and his adopted step-brother in concert. Only a few shows stand out in my somewhat hazy memory. One is seeing Simon and Garfunkel duing their hey-day (1967) with no back-up band to get in the way. The other is seeing you play to a packed house at LSU with only your talent on stage. One man and an acoustic guitar (or piano) kept the crowd enraptured for more than two hours. My prayers are with you and your family. Thank you for the music and the refusal to compromise your talent in the face of today's dubious standards of quality. God BlessYou ~ Gary Shannon, Program Director-KHLA

Dear Dan; As one of a million loyal fans I wish you strength during your fight against illness. You have made so many people happy with your music I'm sure we can repay you with prayers.~ Mike Robinson, Cortez, CO

Dear Dan and family -- I send warm thoughts of wellness, peace and support to you. I first heard you in the late 70's, last saw you in Mancos, CO and would be happy to see you again. I wish to return in even some small measure the spirit you generously extended through your words and music over the
years. ~ Chris O, Seattle, WA

Dear Dan, I was so disappointed to hear that you were not coming to the Palace Theater to perform this November....then I heard the news of your battle with cancer. I wanted to write to you and let you know that you are thought of and are not alone. My best friend also has cancer, and she too like you is brave and is not giving up. There is always a new drug or treatment around the corner. Thank you for the hours of music you have filled my life with...I have enjoyed your music since I discovered you in the 1970's. You have brought joy to many hearts..Hope this message finds its way to you as it is filled with strong feelings of hope for a recovery. I also wish that your family finds the support it needs to help you through such a troubled time in your life.God bless you and help you, and give you peace....Be strong and know that people are out there wishing you the best and pray for your complete recovery. With thoughts of love and good health your way, I am so glad that I had the opportunity to reach and tell you how much you have given. ~ Jo Ann from Greensburg, PA

Believe it or not, my student and I have discovered a mutual love for your music! Ben and I agree that you are a freakin' genius! I can't tell you how thrilled I was to know that the music I have admired for many years is being appreciated by a new generation. We have sung songs together, and we both extend our heartfelt wishes for a speedy recovery. You need to know how many lives you have touched...that is the best legacy anyone can have...to reach out with one's gifts and change the world. Thank you for the life and the music you have shared with all of us. God Bless You. ~ Jeanie McKenna
and Ben Gordon

Dan, Our hearts hurt with the news of your cancer. You have been steadfast in your contribution to better the world thru music and example. We wish a speedy and full recovery to your body so that it can carry your mind and music ever further. Thank you for making an impression on our lives. We also think it's terrific you are putting the cancer research contribution info on your website. Your fellow Coloradans ~ Kimberly and Greg Kountz

Dear Dan - Three men in my family have all had this disease and come through it with flying colors. So can you! Wishing you love and peace and hoping that you are feeling all this love and the prayers here. There is so much love for you from around the world! IT will work miracles...~ Crystal

Dan: My brother and sister are both fighting advanced cancer, so I have some sense of the battle that you and your family are facing. My fervent prayers are with you. May God give you healing and hope and peace.

Caro Dan, mi esprimo in italiano perchè per me è più facile, voglio ringraziarti per il dono della tua musica perchè mi è sempre stata di conforto nei momenti bui della mia vita così come ha accompagnato quelli più belli. SDpero che tutto il conforto che mi ha dato, la speranza e la gioia che mi hanno trasmesso le tue canzoni possano ora tornare da te ed aiutarti in questo difficle momento. Non ho mai avuto la possibilità di vederti cantare dal vivo ne mai il privilegio di conoscerti ma so che sei una persona speciale e per questo che ogni sera prego per te. ~ Marco Foschi

Hi Dan - Greetings from Johnstown PA. I'm a veteran Johnstown radio personality and Program Director..I do the morning show on WKYE Key 95, and having been in the business over 30 years, I've had the privilege of playing all of your hits...quite a few!. My personal favorite is Language of Love...what great lyrics!! Also had the chance to see one of your shows at Starlake Amphitheatre in Pittsburgh.I wish you a speedy recovery...Being 51 years old myself, I'm trying to comprehend what you must be going through. May God give you and your loved ones strength and courage. ~ Jack Michaels, Johnstown PA

You are one of those artists that inspired me to go out and buy a Martin D-40 and pick up playing guitar after so many years of yearning to do so. Get well soon and come out to the west coast ASAP. Thanks for all past, present and future. My prayers are with you. ~ Rudi Linke

May the Lord touch the Fogelberg family and wipe away this ugly disease. You're in our prayers.
Take care ~ Kathy Hope & Kelly Owen

Speechless.....~ Rick from Des Moines

Dan: My family's thoughts and prayers are with you, Jean and your extended family. We pray that God will be with you in this time of uncertainty, and that He will turn the "fear" in this "part of the journey" to "joy in the coming home" as you recover. Thanks for the music, and peace my friend!~ John Gifford & Family, Frewsburg, NY

Dan, I have been a professional musician for years in the contemporary Christian music industry for years. I have always expressed my admiration for your musical influence on my writing for years, that shows up in many of my writings. My prayers are for you and your recovery. My only wish in life is to spend a few hours with you and talk to you, as I feel you're only second to God in my greatest influence of the heartfelt lyrics that I produce. I admire your imagery in your thoughts and writing. Everyone who knows me, knows the influence you have had on me. I pray you know that I, as well as others, think you are our times greatest poet. I live in Alaska, currently working on a novel, because music failed me, with the whole Nashville experience, but I still hold your writings important to my life. I hope someday to meet you and pick your mind in quiet awe.Good luck to you in your recovery. Along the road. ~ Danny

Dear Dan,Our prayers and good wishes go with you and yours as you battle this illness. Looking forward to hearing good news as you conquer this thing. God's richest blessings to you and yours ~ Pam and Ralph Cipriano, Islip Terrace, NY

I can't believe it has taken me this long to write something, but I have been just so overwhelmed with emotion and many tears ever since I heard the news of your cancer. My friend Teresa and I have joked for years about which one of us is your #1 fan. Well, I have read through many of the messages left for you, and now realize just how many people out there love you just as much as we do! From the minute I heard the first strains and lyrics of my college roomie's Souvenirs album (bless you Betsy!) I have considered you the most talented and creative man on the planet. I feel like you are a dear friend who has opened your soul to me.looked into my life at the darkest moments of my soul, the heights of my elation and everything in between, felt my pain and my joy, and encouraged me when I needed it most. Teresa and I have been to dozens of your concerts. Because of the autobiographical nature of many of your songs, we all know you've endured a lot of pain in your life. But I can't imagine leading a more fulfilling life than positively affecting SO MANY PEOPLE, as you have. God has given you such gifts and in doing so has given US the gift of you. I pray that "part of His plan" is that you will overcome this cancer and live a long, healthy and happy life. God bless you and keep you, and as you told me.."don't lose heart". With much love ~ Diane Panasci James in McKinney (Dallas) Texas

It was 25 years ago that my best friend and I stood in line to see your show at the Greek Theater in Berkeley. Actually, there was no line, as we made sure we were there FIRST... 6 1/2 hours early.......The first 3 1/2 hours by ourselves (!)......but we were determined to be the first in to watch you perform. We sat first row, center and spent what we THOUGHT was the most awesome day of our lives just a few feet away from the stage as you performed. We were wrong. The most awesome day of our lives happened the next day. Still on a cloud from the concert the day before, she and I had ridden the cable cars all through San Francisco singing every one of your songs at full voice (we were VERY young!)... and who did we see walking across the street into an art gallery in Ghiradelli Square??? You may not remember the two hysterical 19 year-olds that cornered you in that gallery, and you may not remember that you so graciously put your autograph on the ticket stubs from your show the day before that my girlfriend and I (of course!) still had in our purses...but those events would make THAT DAY one of the most memorable days of our lives! Years later, I was married while "Longer" played. I am now a successful professional and the only CD's that are in my car are yours. My 3 teenage sons know the words from every rapper on the radio :( , yet I have made sure that they also know the brilliant and inspiring words of every Dan Fogelberg song, as well. Really! The only time they complain is when I insist on playing the same song over and over again ... usually "Beggar's Game" or "Wysteria".....oh well, it's my car! I just wanted to be able to pass along to you that the impact that your music has made on my life, and no doubt the lives of countless others, is immeasurable. I wish you the best for a strong and speedy recovery. ~ MGG (California)

Dan, Good luck and be strong.....My Dad has cancer....thankfully it is in remission at this time. I felt that the support and love of our family helped him in his battle. I hope you have that same support.God Bless ~ Tom

Dan, I have heard of some prostate cancers that are so slow growing that they don't even treat them aggressively. I hope that whatever treatment you choose that you will recover quickly and live cancer free. Your music has done so much for so many people getting them through some of the hardest times of their life. I pray that the thoughts and prayers and support you receive from family and fans gets you through this rough road as well. God be with you and your family.~ Ellen (Milwaukee)

Dear Dan: Your music has healed many through difficult times, and uplifted others through sad times. In order for the world to heal, more of your music must be heard. We'll be waiting for you to play again .... ~ CS -- New York

Dear Dan: With grace and dignity you will win this battle. As one of countless fans for what seems to me a lifetime, you are a living legacy and are cherished by many. I look forward to seeing you back on the stage next season, feeling fit and joyful. Be well ~ Cheryl from NJ

There are many song writers and singers who move you to tears and laughter. Dan, however, reaches deep into the soul and actually makes you feel the words. Hurry Dan and get well so my soul can sing again. ~ Julie Lynn Engelhardt

Dear Dan, You are in my thoughts & prayers. You have brought much joy to the universe with your soulful music & lyrics. I pray that the universe supports you in a successful recovery. ~ Diane

Dan, Your words and music have gotten me through so many difficult times in my life. I only hope that my thoughts and prayers will help you & your family as you battle this illness. Best wishes always ~ Jeanne, Long Island NY

Dan, get well soon. Saw you in 2003 in Madison, WI, 2002 in Rockford, IL - first saw you in Chicago around 1976-77. Have been a big fan ever since and still enjoy all your work all the way from Home Free to Full Circle. God's blessings on a speedy recovery that you may continue to give everyone years more of musical enjoyment. ~ Chris and Dave in Wisconsin

Dan, I can't begin to thank you enough for what your music has meant to me since 1977 (when I first heard you). I've been a big fan ever since. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.~ John Acanfora, Budd Lake, New Jersey

Dan, you have given me so much over these past years, I just had to write and try to give you something back. Your music has touched me in a unique and powerful way. I have identified so strongly with many of the feelings you've expressed, and in many ways, have felt supported and strengthened by it. Thank you more than I can express. You are, I know, a very special individual, and I will pray for your complete and speedy recovery. ~ Sandra Martin

My mom bought "Souvenirs" during the 1970's for my sister for Christmas simply because "he just had such a nice face!" My mom and all 6 of us sisters fell in love with your music (and your face) and have been fans ever since! "The Reach" particularly moves me, mentally, visually and emotionally, especially when I drive out to the coast of Maine each summer. It is clear from reading these well wishes how greatly you have touched so many lives. My only wish is that all of the joy and positive energy you have given to others through your gift, comes back to you now at this time of need. May your spirit guide you through. Love and prayers ~ Paula Cusa

Our heartfelt prayers are with you. Your music has been such a blessing to my wife and me over the years. We have enjoyed several concerts and look forward to more. Yours in Christ ~ Rev. Greg & Laura Leigh

I've just returned from the lofty San Juans, knowing you loved these mountains. I listen to you every day and your music empowers my identity and who I am. May God bless you to full recovery and a return to writing music in the high country snows of Colorado. Please win this! ~ Gary Farmer, Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Being born and raised in Taos NM I know full well how healing the shadow of the mountain can be. Bert Geer Phillips the Founder of the Taos Art Colony and my great-grandfather chose that place for this reason. I have been a lifelong fan and my hopes and prayers are with you and your family.~ Maggie Phillips Gins

Dear Dan, My heartfelt prayers are for your quick recovery through His touch. I've loved your music since I first heard it in the late 70's when it touched my soul. "Heart Hotels", "Hard to Say", "Longer" & "Magic Every Moment" sum up many, many of my life's experiences. Your music has inspired me to become a musician myself. I am currently recording my second CD with "Sneaky" Pete Kleinow. There is a dedication & acknowledgement to you on the back of our first CD from last year. Thanks so much for the beautiful gift of inspiration. I look forward to seeing you in the near future!! God Bless you, Brother Dan!! With love & respect ~ Rob Beltz

Hi Mr. Fogelberg,I'm very sorry to hear about your illness, and I pray for a quick recovery for you. When I was younger, I listened to your music with my first love. He would play your music, and he also played guitar. It was a very special time in my life. Whenever I hear your music, it makes my heart smile inside. I had an issue with one of your songs when I became a Christian...Part of the Plan. I often wondered if you didn't believe in Heaven. I don't know the bigger picture in our lives, but I do believe that there is a heaven. I hope that you do too. Your voice has touched so many lives, and I'm grateful that mine is one of them. God Bless you and your family! ~ Diana Tingle :o) Oviedo, Florida

Hello Dan, I've been following your music from the get go. You're in my prayers each evening. I'll be looking forward to your return to the studio and stage as soon as you're recovered. Keep the faith and live strong.

Dan, Have been a fan of yours from the beginning. Being from small town Toluca, Illinois, just 40 miles from Peoria, I felt a special connection. Also I was fortunate to have met your father back in 1971. A friend of mine was lucky enough to Student Teach under him while at Pekin. What a great man!! As
talented as his son. Sorry to hear of your illness, but will pray that you are guided to the best possible medical care and be given the strength needed for whatever is to come. This episode in your life should spark some great music, however. Let it flow. Enjoy now!! ~ Denise Cassidy-Barach

I have always been a huge Dan Fogelberg fan (I am child of the 80's) and so much of my life has been shared with your songs in the background including my engagement. I pray for you and your family for strength and guidance and most of all I pray that God will place his hand on your head and heal your body. I don't know if you know the Footprints story but I really believe that this time of your life you are not alone but that the one set of footprints is where God is carrying you in his arms. ~ Michelle from Mt. Airy NC

Hey Dan, I too am a cancer survivor! Although I have every faith in our Lord, and my doctors, I'm also drinking Essiac Tea to help dissolve my tumors! It really works, and I hope you'll give it a try. I figure God gave us the herbs, lets use them to heal our bodies! I wish you all the best, and will pray for you too! We just have to have more of your wonderful music! Love always ~ Shirley Christain, Baxter, Iowa.

Dear Dan - Although we've never met, I feel I've known you for years as you were my inspiration for playing the guitar and writing music. I live in Maine and know that you have a second home in Maine. The first song that my friend and I learned and play often together is "The Reach." Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you through the following days as you recover. The spiritual body has amazing ways at healing oneself and I'm sure that you will be with us for many years to come.With much love and care ~ Chip Simpson, Woolwich, Maine

Dear Dan & Family: As a breast cancer survivor of 12 ½ years, I know this is a difficult phase in your lives. Please know that many people are praying for you and thinking about you. You have brought SO much joy to others, it is our sincere hope that the future will be one of good health and much happiness for you. Many best and blessed wishes! Fondly ~ Jeffery Wilson and Mary Ann Bremer Wilson (Grass Lake, Michigan)

Dear Dan, Best wishes for a quick recovery ~ Jake from Finland, Scandinavia

Dan - I haven't been through a spring without 'Souvenirs' or summer without 'Nether Lands' since 1977. It's a permanent part of my existance. I hope you have very speedy recovery from this episode, put it behind you, and maybe at your next show in the Pittsburgh area, we can sit down and have a laugh. Good Luck Dan, and to you family as well. ~ Ed

Hi, Dan - I've been listening to your music since the '70s and have recently introduced my 16 year old daughter to your albums. We love all your songs and take them with us everywhere we go; we're always singing along with you! We both would like you to know that we are thinking about you and sending out many prayers as well. You have been such an inspiration to many people over the years, so we hope that you will feel the love and support that is sent your way. Looking forward to seeing you in concert in California when you go out on tour again......and remember....LiveStrong. Sincerely ~ Lynda and Heather Goodman

Dan - I have listened to your records forever! Recently I had to use my son's car while mine was being repaired - it has a cassette player in it (he is working on getting a CD player). I went everywhere looking for a cassette of yours to listen to (I finally found one at a thrift shop) - I am so used to having you in my Collection. All the best - you have brought me so much joy and comfort over the years. ~ Mary Jo

Dan, It was sad for all of us to hear of your illness. As thousands of your fans have revealed your music has touched the lives of all of us. My youngest, my daughter Katie, was about to experience her first Dan Fogelberg concert as I have been singing her your songs since she was born. Another concert
tour will be scheduled and my daughter will get to see you. Dan, you are truly one of God's gifts and your time is not up. Remember, there's a magic every moment ~ Tom, Yukon, PA

Grow Strong Mr Fogelberg...I am a counselor in Radcliff Ky and by coincidence I am scheduled to teach a Lang Arts class to 7th graders tomorrow and I am planning on using your "AS THE RAVEN FLIES" and "CROW" as a variation on theme to Poe's The Raven. I do hope you recover quickly
and get to enjoy the fruits of your labor. ~ Dale Thompson

Listening to your music and praying for your recovery my friend. ~ Judi

Dan, I wish you the best of luck in your fight against prostate cancer. It's a tough battle but I'm sure you'll recover and grace us with more of your wonderful music. ~ Bob

Dan, Your music has helped me through some rough times in my life, and has helped keep me "Centered" on those rough days. Here's hoping that you have that special someone to listen to, to help you through yours. I'd sing for you, but trust me, it would only make things worse. Take care, and best to you and your family. Hope to see you on the road again real soon. ~ Chris Shafer

You will be in my prayers. ~ Bianca

Sending cosmic waves of healing light your way. My wish for you is to get well soon. Thank you for the many years of wonderful music. Hope you're around for many more. Played "Paris Nocturne" and "Since You've Asked" as I walked down the aisle at my wedding in 1992. Still happily married. With love ~ Donna Iverson

Dan - Just found out when I tried ordering tickets for the Lowell show. My prays are with you. Wishing you a fast recovery. ~ Randi

Dan, we have followed you for over 25 years and go see you anytime you are close. We will keep you in our prayers.~ Mike, Sarah and Michael.

Dan ~ I hope you stay strong and beat this thing. I've seen you twice (acoustic) and both shows were awesome. I've always loved your style of writing and your piano and guitar always move me. Know that you are loved and being prayed for, as this site clearly demonstrates. Peace to you and yours always ~ Christine Schinker in Michigan

If the pleasures and the solace of your music could give you as much healing and love that it has for me over the years, you, my friend, would be at ease and know that it is going to be well . Your young at heart, mind and attitude will help you fight with as much as can be given. I have seen you three times and the last was at the Coronado in Rockford Ill where we sat in the front row. I know that I could do no better than that concert (cause it was awesome) and I knew it was my once in a lifetime in a lifetime of chance. Thank you for the years and I would love to have more but what you have given us has been great soooo maybe its' time to just rest.But stay with us, man, we love you...~ Shelley Anderson Afton Wisconsin

Hi Dan. I have only just become familiar with your work through a good friend of mine, and, I like what I hear, you have a lovely voice and your guitar playing is excellent. I would like to wish you a speedy recovery, and hope to see you in concert one day. Take care. Love and luck ~ Anne

You are loved. Best wishes and prayers. ~ Anita

Dan...my computer has finally cooperated and allowed me to reach this site. However, now that I am here I am at a loss for words. I can't begin to tell you what your music has meant to me for the past 30 years, and continues to mean to me. I have faith that there will be more to come. You will beat this! You are just so amazing to me......your songs have gotten me through so many different situations of my life. My brother (a musician in Colorado) sang "Longer" at our wedding 19 years ago. I have been to several of your concerts and always leave in awe. You and your family are in my prayers....be strong, have faith, and always remember that your fans are pulling for you. Am looking forward to you returning to the northeast with all the old favorites, and I'm sure when this experience is over and you are fine you will find in you some expression of what it was all about. In the meantime, take good care of yourself. God bless you..... Donna Lawrence Easthampton, MA

Dear Dan, We the Angelo Family send you best wishes and God's love for a speedy recovery. We love your music and pray that you may be able to continue making beautiful music. We will keep you in our prayers. Believe and have faith in God's healing powers and you will heal faster than you will ever know. Prayers really work, they did for my brother and his family last summer, when they were in a near fatal car accident. May God bless you and speed you in your recovery. ~ The Angelo's (Mike, Karen. Heather, Sean, James, and Michelle)

Through all the ups and downs of your life stories in your songs..I have felt so much. I have been to concerts that were front row seats, middle seats and always, always the crowd is singing along with you. From "Home Free" to "Exiles", from "Nether Lands" to "High Country Snows" - in each and every CD I have received so much. May God grant you peace in this time...more than ever. Your fans will be waiting for you there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Especially in Hamburg PA ~ NJFlame

Keep the Faith! You have alot of people praying for you! ~ Valerie

Mr. Fogelberg & Family -I was deeply troubled by the news and wish you a speedy recovery. May the Lord keep you and bless you always, and grant you health, peace, and joy. I am a fan who was trapped between generations of younger and older listeners. I have only recently "rediscovered" the warmth and joy of your music that has provided so many of us with countless hours of solace and pleasure. Yours ~ Kevin

Dan, It was a clear, cold winter's night back in my college days circa, 1976. My best friend Amy and I were invited into a dorm room to hear two cute guys play guitar and sing Dan Fogelberg. Amy and I were hooked. We followed those poor guys to every coffee shop on campus and listened to your music (played by Dave and John). Then I bought all your albums and started a complete love affair in my heart with you and your music. My soul has never quite recovered. I lost Amy about 12 years ago to breast cancer, but through your music she lives deep inside my heart and soul. My connection to Amy is through your music and I thank you with all my heart for that gift. I love you, Dan, and know I will hear you play again and when I do, I will stand ( with the others) applauding, while my best friend, Amy twinkles down from the starry sky above so joyful with every note and lyric sung by her favorite artist Dan Fogelberg! ~ Leslie

Dear Dan and Family, This seems a very odd thing to do. But for some reason it has been on my mind for weeks. And so here it is. Twenty-seven years ago I was a 16 year old teenager, pregnant, scared, and alone.One night on a live radio broadcast I heard your voice singing a haunting melody and it made me feel that circumstance did not limit the possibility of beauty in my own life. From that moment forward your music has commiserated with me, hugged my heart, strengthened and uplifted me. I've been very blessed, not in material things, but with the child I was carrying all those years ago who has grown into an amazing man. We overcame hardship and loss because of the strength found in family, even if it was only the two of us. We have shared an appreciation for your music since he was very young. I wish you well and am praying for your recovery. Strength of spirit may be tested, but our capacity for healing through love for each other and love for live is amazing. Thank you for being so generous with yourself and thank you to your family for being so generous with the gift of you. ~ Yvonne Harrell (Beaverton, Oregon)

Dear Dan, Today we just happened to pull out and watch your video, "Greetings from the West," and we enjoyed the performances (we're musicians, too), and the songs and your love of nature. Then we checked your website for the first time, appreciated your bio, then found out about your health challenge. We are part of a circle of healers here in NYC, and we will send you all our love and deepest good wishes for you. You are so loved! All the best ~ Andriette Redmann & John Rokosny

Dan & Family - God blessed you with your amazing talent and ability and you in turn blessed your fans with the sharing of your voice and songs. Now may you be blessed by God's healing hands and the prayers of all your many fans. ~ Betty B

Dan, My wife & I have been great fans of yours for years. Sorry to hear the shocking news. We are both R.N.'s, so we have seen first-hand the power of a positive attitude and irreverent sense of humor can have on illness. I think that in return for the years of great music that you have given us, God owes you one!(& us...; but I digress...). We will be thinking and pulling for you every step of the way as you fight your battle. Have heart to know that there are many thousands of people out here that are willing you to win. ~ Roger & Kimberly Hill

Dan, Your beautiful music and haunting lyrics have soothed my soul for much of my adult life. I hope you find peace and good health and healing. You are truly one of a kind. ~ Kathy

Dan - Just got done watching your concert on Soundstage on Pitttsburg Public TV. I can't tell you how much it mean't to me. I've followed you from your very 1st album. I grew up with you.I wish you the very best. I had tickets to your Greensburg Pa. show in November. Hopefully I will be able to see you there next year!! May God bless you and speed you to a full recovery. Best wishes ~ George M. Dzvonyik

Your music has been such an inspiration to us, be assured you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers as you're treated for your illness. Blessings to you all ~ Susan and George Norris

You have blessed my life with the power of music, inspired many nights alone with my piano, and filled my heart with indescribable emotions for many years. I believe all the goodness you have given throughout your musical career will in return heal you now. No apologies due for the cancellation of your tour - just focus on getting better and we will all be there waiting when you are ready to tour again! May God Bless ~ Sherry, Tulsa, OK

Dan and family, I have the Soundstage show on right now, so will keep this brief. I've been a fan of yours for over 20 years. It's so good to see you on stage and hear your music again. I hope there's many more years of your great poetry to come. Keep up the good fight! Best wishes ~ Lisa Thompson, Spokane, Washington

I am at a loss at what to say. I only know that I was profoundly moved by the news of your battle with cancer and truly pray that all will go well and that the world will hear much, much more of your inspiring music. Songs like "Souvenirs", "Part of the Plan", "Leader of the Band", "Windows and Walls", "Longer" and so many others got me through some tough times and inspired me as a songwriter probably more than any other musician. Thank you, thank you, thank you. May you find comfort in your creativity, in your faith and in the great amount of love you yourself have perpetuated. "The Lord bless thee and keep thee; the Lord make His face to shine upon thee and give thee peace." ~ Sam Wilder in SoCal

I would just like to add my heart felt well wishes for a full recovery. I , like your many other fans and admirers will keep you in our daily thoughts and prayers. Keep the faith, for you are already blessed as are we for having you , your words and your music in our lives. In Peace and Harmony Always ~ JP

I am a lifelong DF fan and currently going through treatment for breast cancer so I understand the importance of positive support from family and friends. Good luck, Godspeed to you! ~ Judi

My prayers are with you and your family Dan...Stay Strong...Your path is once again in front of you....Nicole

Dear Dan, I am yet another of many whose lives have been changed by your music. I first was introduced to you the summer 1977 when I was just 18 and on my way to college. My boyfriend, himself an aspiring singer/songwriter insisted on taking me (in spite of my protests) to one of your concerts with Fool's Gold at Butler University in Indianapolis, IN. My concert experience at that time was limited to Led Zeppelin, Kiss and Deep Purple. After the first few songs I felt my heart lighten and my stubborness wane as I realized you seemed to be singing what I had always felt in my heart. By the encore of "There's a Place In the World For a Gambler" I felt as if I knew you. For the next 20 years I never missed a concert. I want you to know that your music at times has been my only friend. It got me through an abusive marriage and a very difficult time about 18 years ago when I decided that yours was the last voice I wanted to hear. I stacked up all your albums in chronological order and played them one by one. By the time I got through Nether Lands I found a reason to live. I thank you for that. When my daughter was born 3 years later, I would sing her to sleep with "Old Tennesse", my other daughter and son arrived later and that song also became their favorite lullaby. I tested its power a couple of weeks ago when visiting my 8 week old great neice. She had been fussy all day and I asked my nephew to let me try something. I took her to her room along with my son and starting singing "Old Tennessee" to her. Within a couple of minutes she was sound asleep and so was my son! I wish I had words to comfort you in your time of need as you have in mine. I can tell you that God has blessed us with your talent and we all have to accept His will and trust that He has a plan for you. I will pray for you and your family... be strong and keep faith. ~ Janet, Indianapolis

Dan - So sorry to hear you are unwell. Your music and words have been an inspiration to thousands of us - your fans. We now have a chance (albeit just through words) to return something to you. I wish you a speedy and complete recovery. Stay strong Dan, there is more music still to come. The circle may have closed, but another is just beginning . . . Melvyn Rooney, Norwich, England

Dear Dan! I'm so sorry to hear of your illness and wish you a quick and speedy recovery. I'm an ex band director at Dunlap, Illinois and knew your father and even played sax with you a few times when you filled in on piano with Lenny King's group. Looking forward to when you can get back to doing what we all love. Sincerely ~ Arlan Roberds

GREETINGS FROM THE EAST; Your music has been such a wonderful part of my life...You've shared your heartfelt emotions;the ups and downs of your life that have touched me deep within my soul and have given me inspiration to get through alot. The warmth of your music has always brought me up when times were tough. My prayers are with you and your family. I pray for your full recovery. Warm Wishes and Love ~ Janice

I just got on line to confirm your appearance on Soundstage tonight. My heart hit the floor when I read the news of your illness. I stumbled upon your music in a jeans store in 1973 and they were playing the Home Free album. I have all your albums/cd's in my collection and enjoyed seeing you live in Spartanburg SC & Asheville NC back in the early 90's.Your music has touched my life over and over for 31 years and let's plan on at least another 30 or more. You are in my prayers, and I know you will be making more wonderful music before you know it. Always the best ~ Bill

D.F., We're praying for you to beat this and look forward to seeing you on your next tour. Thanks for touching us over the years with your music. You're the best. ~ Greg

I would like to thank you for your beautiful voice and lyrics. You take this time for yourself and your family and friends. I am here for you when you are ready to return. My prayers are with you as you go through this difficult time. "Lonely in Love" is helping me handle divorce. Thank you for that song. ~ Tammy, Alabama

Best wishes and prayers to a fabulous artist whose music has touched my life for over twenty five years now.

Dan - I am sure you have more loving thoughts coming your way than you can possibly read. I am truly sorry to hear about your cancer - there have been so many people struck by this awful disease recently - my Dad (colon) and my Stepdad (lung) in the last 6 months. However, both of them have survived. In my heart - in my perfect divine core that comes from unconditional love - I know that you too shall survive. Your music and your voice have helped me through many of my own life tragedies and was there when I was at death's door. You are a beautiful and wonderful soul. Thank you for touching so many hearts and lives. I'm looking forward to seeing you once again when you are fully recovered. I'm in San Diego and also have angels (my sister and beautiful nieces) in Colorado. Love and Light and Hugs and Smiles ~ Tara

Your songs have been an inspiration, as well as a bookmark in time throughout my life. I always remember exactly where I was, what was important, and who was in my life every time I hear one of your songs. The range of emotions cannot be described. You are an inspiration to all, and I know that you will beat this, and come back touring stronger and more creative than ever. Prayers and best wishes. ~ Rich D, Dallas, TX

Dear Dan, I want you to know that I am sending good thoughts out into the ethers for you. I have listened to and loved your music in my life through the best and worst of times - always with comforting results. I was too young when I married, had four kids and then found myself alone and divorced, listened to your music and again, got comnforting results. I saw you so many times, actually, every time you were in the SF Bay Area (and paid way too much for my great seats up front) but again got best results. Please feel good, get healthy and know that I and so many others are thinking of you and sending our prayers for a healthy and speedy recovery and the very best results in your treatments. I hope you can feel our love and gratitude for all you have shared and given to us... YOU are truly cherished and loved. ~ Mary Anne

Dear Dan and Jean, I've been a fan of yours ever since the first album and I have been lucky enough to see you in concert twice. Both concerts were incredible because I was listening to one of my favorite artists and my 25 year old daughter was sharing and loving the experience with me. What a special time for us! You have such a positive influence on all of us. I want to thank you for touching our hearts in such a special way and giving us the joy of your voice. Right now I am trying to work through a separation from my husband of 30 years and your music has really helped me. May God look down on both of you and give you the strength and faith to work through this illness. All our thoughts and prayers are with you both. Sincerely ~ Chris Oakley

Dan, hang in there with all positive thoughts. I had my prostatectomy due to malignancy at age 51 at Cleveland Clinic in 2001 and am still alive and kicking. Can't tell you how much your music has meant to me, especially during the longs months away from home in SE Asia back in 1971-73. Your work has truly inspired a generation!! We're all pulling like hell for you! ~ The Wiggins family - Cincinnati

Dear Dan, I too send my prayers, blessings and good wishes to you for your healing, peace and strength. Your music has been a big help to me, a source of healing and peace, and I have dedicated my life to that work of peace and healing. We all send our love to you, that you may be surrounded by love and healed to carry on your life work of inspiring peace and love. May God bless you and the whole world ~ Father John Dear

I just wanted to share with you how much your music has meant to me over the years. I have been a loyal follower since the beginning of your career and have loved listening to all your music. You have been an inspiration to so many hopefully we can return the favor. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.Your long time New Jersey fan ~ Cathy

Dear Dan, My husband and I were so sorry to hear of your illness. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. We love your music, so many times it has brought a tear to our eyes or a smile to our faces... we have been fortunate enough to see you in concert at Waterloo Village, PNC Art Center and in Atlantic City. When you're feeling stronger and come back to NJ, (Morristown) we'll be sure to be there. Until then, get well wishes and God's blessings. ~ JoAnn and Rich McGuire West Milford, NJ

Dear Dan, I have been a fan for many, many years. I absolutely love Nether Lands and your collaboration with Tim Weisberg. This is my first time visiting your website, and I am so very sorry to hear of your illness. My prayers are with you and your family. It is a shame that the media is so dismal of your condition, I have known more than one person that had terrible prognosis given to them and yet today they are living happy, healthy lives. Keep the faith, the mind is a fantastic healer. I look foward to many more years of your wonderful gift. Thank you so much for your beautiful music, it was such a spiritual awakening during very difficult teen years of my youth. God Bless you ~ Love Martita

Dan's sharing his talent with us is one of God's gifts to us. I hope Dan can find the beauty, peace, serenity and comfort that so many of us have found in his music and art. Prayers and best wishes to Dan and those that love him. ~ Diana, Port Arthur, Tx.

Dear Dan and Jean...As I did a search for your music, I stumbled on your web site. I saw your PBS program on Soundstage this evening... the music brought back such youthful memories for me. I was a young teen when I first heard your music and I have always enjoyed it so much.

My father survived prostate cancer 21 years. He was diagnosed in December of 1979. He went home in November of 2000. He was originally only give 6 months, but his love for life and family kept him going. He went through every possible experimental treatment he could. I pray that his willingness to be a guinea pig, will help you and many more like you. Keep up the positive thoughts, Love those around you... My God heal you and give you many more years. Thoughts and prayers ~ Esther from Wisconsin

Dear Dan: When my husband and I heard about your illness on the radio, it stopped us in our tracks.. We hope that you are doing better in treatment. The people of Illinois feel like you are one of our own. Please take care of yourself. I am most jealous of you - living in that cool Colorado mountain location. The beauty of the area will certainly help in your recovery. As soon as you are better, I would love to see a performance at Red Rocks, one of my favorite venues. We watched you on WTTW tonight and I am going to try to get a copy of "Full Circle" - I really liked your tunes from the album. Sincerely ~ Sue and Bill Patterson, Oak Forest, Illinois

Dan, I am not the wordsmith that you are, but I would like for you to know how much you and your music have touched my life (after reading all the other posts, I feel I am in a wonderful club). We (your fans) have such similar stories. In my case, I was 18 years old in 1979 when my boyfriend at the time introduced me to your music. It was the Phoenix album. I was hooked. Your music has been with me through some of the greatest moments of my life, like when I really fell in love for the first time. "Believe in Me" became a very special song to me and my fiancee at the time. He lived in Missouri and I lived in Arkansas and it helped us cope with the distance. And your music was there to console me through some of the hardest times, like when my grandfather, who raised me, passed away...."Leader of the Band", healed my soul. Whenever I sing it (I use that phrase loosely as what I do with my voice could never be confused with singing), I know he is with me. So, thank you for the wonderful gift you have shared with us all. I wish that I had an equal gift to give to you, but I am afraid that is impossible. So what I will do, is pray every night for your swift and complete recovery. I will pray that GOD will give you and your family the grace you will need to get you through the trying times, and that HE will keep you safe while you undergo your treatment. I know he will give you these blessings, as you have always given so much to so many others.

I also wanted to thank you for your Soundstage concert that I watched tonight. It was wonderful. I have had the great fortune to see you in concert twice in Little Rock. First in the mid 80's, then again in the mid 90's. You are simply magic when you are on stage. Something I noticed at both of the concerts I was able to attend was the great love that was in the room. There was so much of it, that it was tangible. During the rough days ahead, please wrap this love around you and know how important you are to so many. Let GOD heal you and let us give you and your family comfort. May GOD bless you. ~ Julie Wilson Hopkins, Little Rock, Arkansas.

Once in a while a special spirit is sent to earth. You are one of those, Dan, one of the few. When you are all better, I would love to see a real living legacy. Think positive and feel us all holding you and making you well. ~ Julie Ann Rosenbaum

Dan, Reading through these messages left by others, I realize that we have all been touched in ways that have shaped and changed lives. Your music has been part of me for as long as I can remember. Your lyrics gave me hope that there really are men out there that are able to be strong, spiritual, caring! You were my inspiration when I first picked up a guitar. I wish for you strength, passion, peace, healing and comfort. And I want to thank you for touching my life in such a positive way. You've seen me through some rough patches. Now it's our turn to see you through yours. Godspeed ~ Fran

Just wanted to take a momen to send our prayers and wishes for your quick recovery. Cancer has touched our family, like so many others, and we have an intimate understanding of the effects on you, your famly and friends. You have been a part of our lives for so long you seem like family. We have seen you in concert 5 or 6 times from Memphis to Cincinnati. We had bought tickets to your Atlanta show and we were taking our 12 and 9 year old daughters to share you and your music with the next generation. Please know we are sending all of our best wishes and prayers to you. Thank you for all you have done. ~ Dr. Stephen L. Owens

Dan: My prayers are with you and your family. I have been a fan since 1972 when I was fourteen years old and first heard "Wysteria". Your music has been an inspiration in my life for the last 32 years. Be strong and have faith, Dan. ~ Paula-Nashville, Tennessee

I first saw Dan in 1972 (I believe it was) at Northeast Louisiana University. His first album was just out. I remember it was solo acoustic. I'm watching the Soundstage performance right now on TV. Get well, Dan. We've loved you for the last 30 years. Your music is a legacy and a treasure. ~ Bill Eley, Houston, TX

Good Luck and God Bless ~ Larry Goldman, Chicago,Il

I have been a devoted fan for a great many years & wish to send my love and support to Dan and his family. His music has helped me through many a rough period & perhaps my thoughts and prayers can do the same. I will wait anxiously for news. Please know that you are in my thoughts daily. ~ Gina from Rockford, IL

Dan--your music has been such a large part of the soundtrack of my life. I came of age and transitioned on to adulthood with you always singing somewhere in a corner of my heart, soul, or gut. Thank you for the profound effect you've had on my life. I've seen you many times in concert either here at Purdue University or in the midwest and each concert was a gem. I send all good thoughts, wishes, and prayers to you and your family during this difficult time. ~ Lisa Karen Hartman, Lafayette, Indiana

Dan, may Christ the Great Physcian, give you a measure of healing, hope and strength as you go through this time. We still think of you in New York at Radio City Music Hall, and how special that evening with you was.. God bless ~ Dan and Trudye Fosness

Mr F, Unbeknownst to you, having got me through some of the darkest hours a man can walk. I send back my warmest wishes and love in your time of darkness, though less eloquently. You are in my prayers. ~ Roger

I cannot express the sadness I felt when hearing the news of Dan's sickness. His words and music have lifted me many times in my life and I only wish I had the power to do the same for him in this difficult time. I am sending my most heartfelt wish for good luck to him and his family. Hang in there Dan, there is so much more life to live for....Sincerely ~ Tom Flaherty

Best wishes and good luck fo a quick recovery. We hope that you come back soon to enjoy us with your wonderful music. ~ Paolo & Anna from Genova, Italy

Dan, I've been a fan since the 70's. Nether Lands and Home Free are my favorites! I've been to two concerts and left both of them so impressed with how filled with emotion and truth your songs are. You have a rare gift! You've shared so much of yourself with all of your fans through the years and I know that is probably a tough thing sometimes because you do cherish your privacy and solitude. Thank you so much!! It is now our turn, as fans, to be here for you. You and your family are in the hearts and prayers of all of us. We love you Dan! ~ Mary Lou Ray - Vincennes, Indiana

Dear Dan: Sorry to hear of your illness. My husband and I have been long time fans of yours and have seen you in concert in St. Louis several times. We are the only people getting married in the '80's that DID NOT play your music at our wedding. Our very traditional church did not allow secular music! However, our very favorite concert of you was at the Kiel Opera House (in St. Louis- which is now abandoned) in the early '80's and it was only you and your guitar/piano. When the announcer first announced that this was to be a "Him and his music" type of thing, we were disappointed, expecting to be rocked. Well, we were rocked, just in a different way. Twenty years later, we still remember that evening and your overwhelming talent. God gave you a talent and you have done a beautiful job in sharing it with others in a meaningful way. Godspeed with your health - you are in our prayers. ~ Lynn and Jeff Roberts

We fell in love to your music and we want to someday take our grandchildren to a concert. Hurry up and get better. You have a whole lot of generations counting on you. ~ gordon and julie engelhardt

Dear Dan, Jean and your loved ones: I've always known that angels have spoken through you. May those same angels be with you all at this time, and may God's miracles be bestowed upon you now in your time of need. now what I do, that He is with you and that His angels are around you always. I have seen miracles, and I believe in miracles. Please share my belief. I pray for your full recovery. God answers prayer. May you and your family and friends be heavenly blessed. With all my love and respect ~ Linda Barnes from Dallas

Hey Dan, I am very sorry to hear of your tragic diagnosis. You have been the music of life for me and has meant so much. Thanks for showing me parts of myself  that I never knew existed. You're a hero to me. I first heard you with "Nether Lands" when I was also "learning to fly" on my hang glider in college. That song described the internal feelings I had about life when making the decision to run off the mountain cliff on my first mountain flight. It turned out fantastic and hundreds of flights and hours flying later I still listen to your messages. Driving through the mountains looks like your music sounds.... They just go together. My wife is Cherokee Indian and we truly appreciate your connections with the culture.

You were there at our wedding with "Longer". My dad was also my "Leader of the Band" hero. The run against the odds at the derby describes life itself. The journeys your music take us through deepens our spirit and the feeling of being one with the world. I hope you are taking in as much of nature as possible to keep yourself positive. Go out on a new moon night and watch the real universe. We are all part of it and part of each other. Keep your heart pure and I wish you the very best in the future. Peace to you brother ~ Warren Puckett

Dear Dan -- You helped deliver my twin sons! You sang me right through my labor. Since there was already a Daniel in the family, we decided on one name to be Nathaniel. I had been on total bedrest for months but insisted that I see you at Chastain. I was a funny sight -- big as a whale, stretched out and propped up on pillows. That's just one example of the presence your music has had in my life. My husband & I have been dedicated fans 20+ years. We pray for you, your family and doctors. Thank you for the music & lyrics that have so enhanced our lives -- and forgive me for butchering many as I sang along with my off-key, tone-deaf voice at the top of my lungs, in particular "Down The Road" & " Morning Sky." ~ The Pylant Family - Newnan, Georgia

Dear Dan and Family, I was so thrilled to be treated to your performance on "Soundstage" last night here in Hawaii. I came to the website to thank-you and found out about your crisis of health. My heart is in my throat as I write this. I just lost my best friend to cancer, and another friends daughter is losing her battle as well. I know that the Almightly will not let such a talent as yours leave this earth. Dan. You and I go a long way back. I will never forget the first time I heard your melodious music. I was 16 years old and walking a friend into an army barracks and I just caught the tail end of "To The Morning". I sought out from where it emminated and discovered a 20 something year old private playing your LP. Remember those...lol??? He offered to let me hear the entire song and invited me to lay on his bed which was on the floor. He put the music on and walked away. The first gentle notes rose from the speakers that were just above my head and I absorbed every single note as if I were drowning and it were oxygen. The crescendo built as I lay there with my eyes closed on this strangers bed. And then you began to sing. The rest of the world no longer existed for me. Oh the lyrics dove so deeply into my soul and I began to softly cry...no sound...only tears streaming down my face as the melodies played on. It was as if I had heard an angel sing and she had come to rest upon my heart. To this very day, I have NEVER been moved so deeply, so completely, so innately as to be brought to tears the first time I hear a song. I wanted you to know this and feel the love and extreme admiration for your talent and to send the very best of wishes for a complete recovery from this awful disease. I have every album you have ever made, and I can't say that of any other artist. They still bring me joy, and tears, and love and laughter. Incidentally, please don't tell my Mom (who was also a band director for 45 years) that I was in the army barracks. I may be 45 now, but she can still kick my butt if she wanted to. I'm trusting you with my secret. :-) With great love ~ Karen- Honolulu, Hawaii

Dan - I wrote a few weeks ago, but like so many, I watched your concert last night on Soundstage on PBS and felt I had to write again. You truly are a talented and wonderful person. I mean I listen to your music constantly, but to SEE you and your emotion and how much you put into your music is amazing. Again, I hope and pray for your speedy recovery and can't wait to see you again. Peace ~ Linette in St. Louis

May God bless Dan through these trying times. I have enjoyed his talents through the years and will keep him and his family in my prayers. Keep the faith! Sincerely ~ Gail Jones

Dan, Last night as we lay in bed, flipping channels on the television, we chanced upon one of your concerts taped for KETC . It was so wonderful to listen and reflect on the memories that your songs always spur. My wife and I are both 49 and your music has touched our hearts throughout the years. You are truly one of our favorite artists. We will pray for your recovery and ask God to put his healing hand on you. Thank you for being a part of our life! ~ Rocky and Michelle Rowe

Dear Dan - I've been waiting to watch Soundstage before sending in my prayers for you to this site. After being there last year, as the show was being taped, I was anxiously looking forward to being transported back to that "magic every moment" evening. Sharing the front row with my dear husband Dave and several other very close friends I've met through your music certainly made it a warm and very special evening. There were times that night that I had a lump in my throat, as we had just buried my loving mom the day before. It was my first night of healing, and what better way to be transcended from a state of grief than to be immersed in two hours of your wonderful, uplifting music performed live. Last night, as I finally got to watch the show, I again had that lump in my throat, this time for you, praying fervently that this will not be the last time we'll see you perform. Thousands of people are praying for you Dan, and with your loving wife, family and friends at your side, you have so much support. Even Pam Rossi from WCSX here in Detroit has asked for prayers for you on her Over Easy radio show the last three weeks. As you yourself said, God loves you when you sing! He's listening. We won't lose heart. You and the band were awesome on the show. I am disappointed that they had to cut all the non-hits, especially Robert's awesome contribution to Crow, which I enjoyed so very much, but the rest still looked and sounded great. Red Rocks needs to be filled with your music at least one more time, Dan. Get better, be strong, Set It Free! ~ Sue Laabs, Northville, Michigan

Dan. A recitation, called St. Teresa's Bookmark, to comfort you:
Let nothing disturb you; Let nothing dismay you;
All things pass.God never changes.
Patience attains all that it strives for.
We who have God find we lack nothing. God alone suffices.
Namaste ~ Roxanne

My mom played your music constantly in the seventies and eighties. You are so much a part of my life. Hurry and get better because I never got to go with Mom to a concert and I am planning on it this year. ~ Laurie Rosenbaum-Caldwell

Dan: I am so sorry to hear of your illness. Keep the faith and keep your head to the sky. Dream of all the places you have written about. When you do, you will realize they are all the places you have shared with each of us. Thank you for allowing me to dream with you! ~ Mike Kaiser

Hi Dan. I don't think I have ever written to a celebrity before but I just wanted to let you know that our thoughts & prayers are with you. We are looking forward to your recovery and hope that you come to the Fort Worth area of Texas soon. We've been to almost every concert you have had in our area & have gotten almost every album or CD. My husband and I listened to your songs as a teenagers before we met. Later, we had 'Longer' played at our wedding. A few years later we chose your music in the hospital room when our sons were born. Now both sons are teenagers and we have introduced them to your music. Can't wait to see you on stage again. ~ The Rhoads family

Saw Dan on "Soundstage" last night, awesome show. Was not aware of his illness until I saw it on his web site. I am pulling for you all the way Dan. Wishing you and your family the best and a full recovery for "The Leader of The Band". ~ Harold S. from S.C.

Dan, that knot in my stomach words just can't express....Lie on warm grass staring up at the morning sky, stand alone on a dark ocean shore and envelope yourself in the sights, sounds and smells -- do anything that keeps your spirit strong. Open your heart to the positive energy that so many of us are putting out into the universe just for you. I know first hand that it works. ~ Deb

Dear Dan, Have seen you at so many different venues over so many years, the "pages have started to yellow", yet 2 shows stand out. One was in the early 80's at the Cow Palace in San Francisco when you botched the verses to "Same Old Lang Syne" and had the courage to stop and "start it all over again". And more recently, at the Aladdin in Las Vegas, when you damn near poked your eye out. Not only did you have the courage to finish "The Reach" with blood streaming down your face, you completed the show! Very few, if any, artists would have done that. It's that same courage that will ultimately carry the day in your cancer fight. Your destiny is revealed in so many of your own words and lyrics. Ever on, my friend, ever on...RBL Phoenix, AZ

Dear Dan, I was eighteen in 1978 when I met you (via turntable). "Nether Lands" and "Sketches" gave me a good indication that you were a friend of mine. And you were, you kept my spirit up when I thought it would break completely. Now my daughter has come to know and love you too. Keep makin' music. Your poetry/philosophy will live forever. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.~ Barbara Bingle Flynn and daughter, Beth

Dan, the songs of yesterday and the songs of today bring many people emotions. Remember you "Spirit Trail", your journey is not complete. Your songs bring healing and postitive energy to a world ovsessed with money and greed. Yes, a great deal are under the "Power of Gold". Your music brings me and other people to a higher plane, a higher consciousness. Your songs are from the heart and so freal. I ahve seen you in Houston, Texas, and Dan, I will see you again up on that stage. And on a final note, I too have "followed the path of heart rather than the path of convenience." Peace ~ Bob Martell

My family and I pray for your speedy recovery. You are truly an American treasure. Your music has guided me through life since "Home Free". May your family remain strong. Thank you for your gift to all the fans.~ Greg Parker and Family

Three ladies from Westminster, Colorado wish to send our thoughts and prayers to Dan and Jean. Each one of us could share why Dan and his music is significant to us, but just let it be known, Dan, you have been an inspiration to us with your music. Much of who we are and why we are in Colorado is greatly inspired by you and your music. We all look forward to when we will see you live here in Colorado again. Now that we know our connection with your music, we eagerly await the day when the three of us will attend your next concert here in Colorado. I.e. anywhere in Colorado. Our prayers and positive thoughts are with you! ~ Lori Goldstein, Marie Struckman, Chris VanDyke

Dear Dan, I happened to flip on your Soundstage concert last night. Soon, I was young, life was great, (thanks in part to a sudden case of raging hormones) and even a PBS pledge drive wouldn't have annoyed me. Thank you for music that could bring me back. You and your family have my best wishes and happiest thoughts. ~ Teresa

Dear Dan, You have provided such comfort and such entertainment for my wife and I since the days of our youth. I guess you can call us Dan groupies. Our thoughts and prayers are with you for a healthy recovery. We will pray for you each day. With great affection ~ Lisa and Michael Baker of East Brunswick, New Jersey

Dear Dan ~ Kick that cancer's ass and make fools of the media who are reporting otherwise! Winston Churchill said, "Never give up." That message is for you, Dan. Never give up! Fight like the man you are and BELIEVE and you can control the outcome by your sheer will. You have a beautiful new wife who adores and cherishes you and family members and friends to whom you are irreplaceable. You have thousands upon thousands of fans, friends, and family pulling for you and praying for you. There is POWER in this, man - supernatural power! There is NO WAY this thing is going to beat you. Believe it! Claim it! It is the truth! See you next year at Chastain! ~ Mark, Atlanta GA.

Dan, May your faith and your higher power help pull you through this period of treatment and healing. You have been a part of my life like no other artist, and expect it will be that way for at least another 30 years. Best wishes & healing thoughts ~ Kimberly Ruff

Dear Dan- Last night I went to the web site and skimmed over the 23-24 pages of prayers, personal stories and get well wishes for you and your family. You are so LOVED! I am only one more of your legion of fans who love you and wish you a swift recovery. But then, I went to bed and had this dream: I was watching TV (a nightmare in itself) and a commercial came on. It was a fast food ad with a Fogelberg-esque voice singing: "This is the Sandwich of Lu-unch" (to the tune of "Language of Love") It was awful. When I awoke, I started thinking, "What if some jerk (like the guy who ripped off John Fogety) gets ahold of your library and sells it to Wall Street? I imagined "Longer" as the soundtrack for a Viagra commercial, Hallmark making millions on Father's Day from "Leader of the Band", "Run for the Roses" for the next SUV- du jour..."There's a Place in the World for the Gambler" - the Las Vegas tourist board...I'm just saying...(as if you needed another reason to live, besides my undying love for you and your music...) Sending buckets of love to you and Jean ~ A Cain in Sherman Oaks, CA

I was inspired to write after watching Soundstage this evening. It brought back so many memories of following Dan around Colorado in the early 80's. Since then I've been a wife, a mother, a lawyer, and a breast cancer survivor. The music of Dan Fogelberg has helped and inspired me with all of these roles. I beat cancer and it is my prayer that Dan can also. My prayers are with you, Dan, keep thinking positive thoughts, God bless you and thank you for your music! A loyal fan in Omaha!

Mr. Fogelberg,Thank you for sharing your music, your life. Thank you for your courage, your valor, your conviction! ~ Michael FitzJames - Centennial, CO.

Dear Dan and Family, You are in my prayers, candles will be lit in Ireland with still more prayers to come. Do not forget to laugh that will get you through the worst of time. Trust me I know of what I am saying. Well laughter and your wonderful songs pulled me through some of the roughest times in my life. I know you will beat this and be back even stronger than ever. Funny but the song that comes to mind right now is "Run For The Roses" A song of real belief and hope. So it will be the song I play the most as I send up the extra prayers and light the candles with thoughts of you and yours. Thanks for the past 30 odd years, they have been blessed with you in them. ~ Nanette

Dear Dan & family,It's like getting kicked in the stomach when you unexpectedly hear or read that someone has cancer. Our son (8 years old) completed his 3-year chemo treatment last summer. He is in remission and is a survivor. My wife and I will add you and your family to our prayer list so that you too, may become a survivor. Sincerely ~ S & S Kerr, Cheney, WA

Dan - We have been praying for you and will continue. I want to thank you for doing the Soundstage show, what a great band and performance. Also thanks for the Christmas album, it has become a favorite of our families. I am a long time fan and look forward to the music yet to come. ~ Steve Gansel

I was born in 1970. At seventeen (it took me awhile to mature past all that "pop junk"), I discovered your music. Your greatest hits album was the second cd I ever purchased. I simply want to wish God's grace upon you and your family during your battle to regain full health. Thank you for your music! ~ Chip Keller, Martinsville, Indiana

Dan, My wife and I are some of your younger fans (late 20s). We love your music. I have heard you live at Chastain Park in Atlanta and all I can say is WOW. You came out on stage with only an electric guitar, acoustic guitar and a grand piano.You blew my mind. Our first anniversary is October 25th of this year and we were planning on attending your Atlanta show. I could not believe the news when I saw it was cancelled. The best gift we could get for this anniversary is for you to take your time and recover. We are looking forward to the next 100 times you come to Atlanta! Our best wishes and hope for you and yours in this difficult time.~ Yale & Dawn Wedig, Alpharetta, GA

Dan: Like thousands of others, I've been an admirer for more years than I care to say... Through the ever-changing musical styles and fads, your gift has always been a sweet balm for my soul. I've had the pleasure of attending your shows many times, most memorably at Red Rocks about 5 (?) or so years ago. I happened to be in Colorado not knowing that my trip coincided with one of your appearances. Upon discovering this happy fact, I abandoned my fellow travelers and drove solo in borrowed wheels from Colorado Springs to Red Rocks. I got caught in traffic and lost, and ended up being more than a little late. I was so late, in fact, that the ticket booth was just closing. I made something of a spectacle of myself begging for a ticket, as I had driven around 1,200 miles and thought that might be persuasive, but no such luck. However, I am very pleased to say that the story ended happily and the fates smiled on me that evening. In the midst of my tearful conversation with the staff, a couple was exiting and stopped to see if someone could use their tickets! It was a perfectly magical evening in an absolutely stunning venue. Among other things, I remember the gentle breeze blowing not-so-gently around the stage area. You were wrestling with the sheet music at the piano and finally, laughingly, said, "Oh, to hell with it!" and carried on the rest of the evening sans paper. You played a new song (new to me, anyway) having to do with fire and ice and the pleasures and perils of love, if I remember correctly. I'd not heard it before and haven't heard it since but will always remember it - another of your enchanting and amazing creations. I took a great love to your High Country Snows tour, another very special memory.

Having worked in the medical field for several years, I know and want to share with you the importance of a positive attitude and outlook. The power of faith, determination, prayer and love is a great healing force. It's obvious that the love you've shared is being returned to you. Let it be a sweet balm for your soul. Channel your passion toward healing and health! Hope to see you out on the slopes! With respect, love and prayers from a dear friend you have yet to meet - Sandi

My wife, Olivia, and I listened to the "Sound Stage" concert taped last year on a PBS station out of Cookeville, TN last night. Afterwards we went on-line and bought two CDs, The Very Best of Dan Fogelberg and Full Circle. We caught the concert in Nashville a few years ago. I heard from a co-worker that you were ill. We both wish the best for you and our prayers will go up daily. Keep on fighting. ~ Steven R. McNair

I wrote in on Aug 20th as soon as I heard your announcement. At the time there were five pages people had written in wishing you well. I was completely impressed when I came back today to see the additions. There are 23 pages of fans pouring their hearts to you. With tears in my eyes I read one after the other. I know of no other musician alive who would receive the attention & admiration you have received from your fans. It is all well deserved. Thousands of people are praying for you and there is strength in prayer. Always your fan ~ Karin Pearce, Georgia

In the mid 70's I was a beginner guitar player and not very good at it. I heard "Home Free" and eventually "Souvenirs", they changed my life. Like many others have mentioned, your songs have framed my life, from 14 - 45. I eventually learned to play many of your songs. Everytime I pick up my guitar I feel your influence. God Speed. ~ Keith in Nashville

Dan. I have grown up with you in song and I have no intentions of mourning your loss. So you get better quick and we will see you on the road. Thank you for all the music and thanks in advance for the music that is still to come. I am a Maine native and I am proud that you think so much of this beautiful state. Best wishes, ~ Scott Maddocks

We watched you last night on Channel l0 - Milwaukee and being a fan of yours from the 70's well this was just frosting on the cake - glad I was "channel surfing" - watched the whole program and loved it. Good luck to you and God Bless! ~ Sue

Dear Dan, Words seem to be inadequate at this time, but I want to thank you for providing me with so many musical memories over the years. Your music has been one of the guiding forces of my life. The very first concert I ever attended was one of yours, with Fools Gold, in Edwardsville, IL in June of 1977. I remember it as though it was yesterday. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Jeanne, and your family during this time. God bless you ~ Tammy, Belleville, IL

Dear Dan: You are the greatest songwriter of my generation. There will never be another like you. Thanks for living. ~ Jeff...STL

I just finished watching Soundstage early this morning, that I recorded late last night. I got up and decided to visit your webpage for any updates on your health. I was pleased to see all the people that left messages with thoughts and prayers. You must be so proud how you and your music have changed the lives of so many. Music not only brings us simple entertainment, but can really turn lives around, like the lady that found herself single and pregnant. Ahhh, the power of words and music. God bless you, Dan, for all that you have given to the world. I KNOW you will get better. You are very loved. ~ Gloria, Highland Lakes, NJ

Dan, For me, there has always been a thread of strength and positive energy throughout your songs. Depending on what was going on in my life, my marriage, the birth of my children, and the death of my mother ( to cancer ), I could always find a lyric of yours to pull me through. I feel strongly that this energy will get you through this illness also. Stay tough and remain positive. You and the countless others with this dreaded disease will remain in my prayers! ~ Mike

If only I had just the right words for you just as you have had just the right words for me so many times over the years! Please know that my thoughts, prayers, and best wishes are with you and your family. My wish for you is that this experience brings you even more wisdom, clarity of the precious gift of life and loved ones, and an even better sense of self. God bless, Dan. ~ Jan

Dear Dan and Family, you and your family are in God's hands and He will take care of you and your family in this time of darkness. I just got through watching your Soundstage concert on KLRN Austin, Tx. You never cease to amaze me with your inspiring music and you have a voice that moves me into tears at times. I truly enjoyed the entire show last night but you truly brought tears to my eyes when you sang "The Leader of the Band". Never tire of hearing you sing "Same Old Lang Syne", "Missing You", well I couldgo on and on.

When my daughter was about twelve years old she was listening to your music, albeit on a very limited basis, in our area. At that time there was DJ in Austin, Tx that would play your music but he was about the only one playing your wonderful music. She told me she wanted to buy an album and when I asked her who the artist was she said "Dan Fogelberg". Me being the ignorant Mom laughed and she wanted to know what was so funny, I told her "You must be making that name up, surely there cannot be a singer with such a name". Well she showed me. In the mid-eighties you came to Austin (The Frank Erwin Center) and you did an acoustic show. Well her dad was never into any of the music she liked, but since she was too young to drive he agreed to go to the concert. Needless to say, Dan, you and your music brought my daughter, my husband and myself together. I mean to say that musically it was probably the first time that we were all three of us in complete accord. We later saw you in concert in San Antonio, TX. Hoping to see you again once you hit the road again. We love your music and hope you will have a speedy and complete recovery. ~ Linda-New Braunfels, TX

Dear Dan and Family, I was so shocked to hear of your news. I have loved your music since the seventies, your poetic, melodic voice has been so soothing to me through the good times and bad. I have lost my brother to cancer and know how important family can be. I am happy to hear that you are fighting it, my dad has won his battle, I know you will too. I have seen you many times in concert and know that your sense of humor will be your friend. I hold you in my thoughts and pray for your good health.~ Stacey Richards, LA.

A very special person introduced me to you and your music more than 20 years ago. You have been a part of my life ever since. Your music is so special to me it would take a poet as yourself to put into words. I've had the pleasure of seeing your show twice here in Knoxville. I will look forward to the day you will play here again. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family for a speedy and complete recovery. May God Bless ~ Loni Peters

Dan---The beauty of your heart & soul is only matched by the comfort and peace- warmth and joy your music has given me over the years. The best to you in your struggle... know that your music is a living legacy for millions. Thank you Dan for sharing your life with us. You have given peace & understanding in the lives of many.~ Louie Bourgeois Cincinnati,Ohio

As your music has blessed so many of us, may our prayers and good wishes for your recovery bring joy and comfort to you in this difficult time. ~ Joy

After watching you on "Soundstage" last night, I felt compelled to let you know how much your music has meant to me throughout the years. I've been a fan of yours for almost 30 years. It's so good to see you on stage and hear your music again. I hope there's many more years of your great poetry to come. Don't stop the fight with cancer - it will be very hard at times! Remember how much love is out here for you. You will be in my thoughts and prayers every day ~ Luann, Wisconsin

Dear Dan, We made sure we would not miss seeing you on Soundstage so we had a note on the refrigerator door with the date and time. The show was great. You could hear a pin drop in our den when you sang "Leader of the Band." We met during amateur guitar lessons (I taught Fred), became friends, fell in love and married in 1977 so just imagine how spellbound we were hearing you sing and play that song. Can't say what touched our heart and soul the most- your singing or the sounds from the guitar. Many of us relate to"Leader of the Band" having lost a Dad who was their "leader of the band" (family). We send you and your family our thoughts and prayers. We will pray to Saint Peregrine, the patron saint of cancer patients. We will sing to God to bless you and your family in your voyage.~ Fred and Jennifer, Louisiana.

Dear Dan, I've been a fan of yours forever (or at least since the late 70's). I saw your concert on Soundstage last night and just bawled because your lyrics are so beautiful and bring back so many good memories of a much more "Innocent Age". I must also say that I've always thought that you were gorgeous and you still look awesome! Anyway, I just wanted to let you know how much I loved your Soundstage concert and would have felt compelled to write to you whether or not you were sick. Your good health and recovery are in my prayers. Thank you so much for touching my heart and my life. Love ~ Laura Z

Dear Dan ~ I have been praying for your victory over your current health crisis since first hearing of it in the news. Right now, you and the band are performing on my TV -- a PBS presentation of Sound Stage -- and it seemed a perfect time to write and wish you well. Even as you're fighting such a critical fight, your music is soothing my soul -- the way it has done for millions of us through the years. May the blessings you have given to all of us who have received your music return to you now, and lift you through and above the physical crisis, and back to full health. Please also accept my prayers for your wife and family, to keep them strong and safe as they "love you back to health." I hope it soothes and strengthens you to feel all the love that's coming your way. God bless you and your family! ~ Rebecca Brown, Bullhead City, AZ

You are in our thoughts and prayers. We wish you a speedy recovery and hope you can get back to doing what you love to do, making and performing music. you are truly a musical genius who has graced us with such fine art. Good luck Dan! ~ Suha Gur

Profound sadness took over me at the news of your illness. I can't imagine this world without you and your music in it. But you seem positive and I'll know for you that your health and longevity are not limited by any diagnosis. We scoff at cancer...it's nothing. I'll be knowing that this road is paved with grace and ease. And check it out...I'm not alone. You are held high with love and light, dude! BTW, Soundstage performance was a perk in my day! Love to Jean and all who hold you dear. ~ Marla Stair

I've been a fan of yours, going on 30+ years now. "Twin Sons of Different Mothers" is one of my earlieast memories, but we go back further than that. Our spontaneous memories at 50 are not what they were back then! Anyway, I heard of your current challenge while away on a family vacation a couple of weeks ago. All I can say is, my prayers and thoughts are with you. For all the joy you've brought my friends and I over the past thirty years, you deserve a break and I pray most fervently that you get it! Hang in there; see you on tour after you've licked this thing! ~ Tom Philburn

Dear Dan, Wishing you warm wishes on your speedy recovery. Although I sent a message off to you a few weeks ago I could not let the day go by without telling you how great the Soundstage show was last night on PBS. It was only a little over a year ago that I was lucky enough to be at the taping. It was such a wonderful evening and as always you were terrific.

I hope you are doing better. Please keep a positive outlook on everything. I know everything will work out for the best and before you know it you will be able to tour again. I must pass this thought on to you. Several years ago I saw James Taylor at the Chicago Symphony Center. Members of the Chicago Symphony joined him in playing all of his songs. My thought as I enjoyed the concert was that how marvelous it would be for you to be doing the same type of concert. What a wonderful evening that would be for you and all your fans. Please know that you, Jean and the rest of your family are in my thoughts and prayers. ~ Linda Flasch, Palos Hills, Illinois

I discovered your music when I was in college. I lived on your first six albums in my 20's. For me, you bring nostalgia. You have my heartfelt wishes for continued inspiration. ~ K. Leigh Beatty

I watched you on PBS last night and was reminded of just how much your music has meant to me over the years. You will beat this thing! It's selfish, really: I need to hear more from you! You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. ~ Sherry Tyler

Saw your concert on PBS last night. WOW!! Please get well soon. Love & prayers to you & your family during this trying time. ~ Lynda

Dear Dan, I was shocked to read today on your website about your illness. I feel extremely fortunate to have been able to seen you in concerts in Lousiana, California and Washington. Your music has touched and enriched me for over 25 years. I wish you a speedy and complete recovery and pray you will soon be spreading your messages of hope and love again very soon. I will keep you in my prayers daily. Keep believing. ~ Eddie

Thank you for sharing your gifts of music and poetry with all of us over the years. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Peace and love to one of the greatest artists of our time. Sincerely ~ The Van Kylen Family

From the very beginning you have poured out your heart with incredibly honest and poetic lyrics and beautiful music. And from the very beginning I have taken a parallel journey along side you, as each verse and note validated my own feelings and accompanied me though the best and worse times of my life. I pray that you will come through this journey well and that the love and comfort of those you love give strength and hope to your fight. I will pray for you along with countless others... ~ A cancer survivor and great admirer, Vickie K in CT

I'm so shocked and saddened to hear of Dan's battle with cancer. As I watched the Soundstage PBS special tonight, I was reminded of what a great story teller you are. I've spent the past several hours since then listening to many of my favorite albums. What a collection! Your music is so personal and so relevant. You tell such vivid stories about the personal feelings and moments which we can all relate to. Well, the stories you have from this experience with cancer will be ones that will once again reach your fans and help us also through our own troubles. I wish you strength and great doctors! Your music has meant alot to me through various phases of my life and I hope it will be an outlet for you to continue to express yourself. Thank you for giving us so much. May your spirit get you through this. ~ Maureen McGrath

Your songs have healed me when I was lonely living in the Carribean in the 70's island hopping. Every stop I made on a sailboat your sound was always on a jukebox or someone's stereo. Thank you for guiding me through the strong tides and may you heal with all of this force and energy God bless you, brother. You're amazing ~ R.R.

Dear Dan, I was introduced to your music through my older brother, when "Souvenirs" was released. He would play his guitar to your music and I would (try) to play the chords on my keyboard. I always felt that your beautiful lyrics and music were very spiritual, they always had a profound effect on me. My brother was my best friend and we shared so many wonderful times together, many of which centered around our enjoyment of your music. I lost my brother in 1995, and it was a devastating loss. Since then, I can play your songs and close my eyes, and those memories come rushing back so vividly. I will always treasure this gift you gave to us. Words cannot describe how your music has helped to inspire and comfort me, and how intricately it is woven into my life. As a fellow Illinoisan, I know we are strong and determined when we need to be. My fervent, heartfelt prayers are with you. Healing thoughts are sent your way. Please, please let us all know how you are doing, I know that your faithful fans are as concerned as I am and just want to know that you are okay. We are all eager to see you back on stage, sharing your gifted talent with those of us who love you from afar!!!! May God Bless You. ~ Diana in
Illinois

Dear Dan, I just unexpectedly caught your performance on Soundstage and went online to look up your concert dates and was shocked to see the news of your illness. I have tears in my eyes as I am writing this. Ever since I first heard Souvenirs in college I have been a huge fan. Your music and lyrics have touched me in many situations and in many ways over the last 26 years. I have seen you in concert 6 or 8 times and hope to do so again in the future. Having very recently ended a 12 year relationship with my daughter's father, I have found myself listening to your music alot lately and being comforted, understood and uplifted by your lyrics. I can totally relate to both "Hearts in Decline" and "Sweet Magnolia and the Traveling Salesman". (my ex is also a musician). These are my favorite songs of yours. I have always felt you were not only a fabulous lyricist, but really a poet and one of the most underrated and misunderstood artists of our time as far as mainstream music is concerned. I am truly saddened and dismayed by news of your illness and I hope you continue to progress towards a full recovery. I am praying for you and your family at this difficult time and sending you my heartfelt good wishes. With all you have given me over the years I only wish I could do more.... Fondly ~ Carrie in St. Louis, Mo

Dear Dan,You will shine through this and come out the winner! Best wishes and prayers with whatever you may face in the days ahead. I was excited to see that you were planning to return to the Palace Theatre in Albany this fall, which is where I first saw you in 1978. Your music has inspired me and countless others, now deep into the generation of our children. We'll catch you again when you have healed and are feeling stronger...when the curtains open, the lights rise, and there you are on stage! ~ Deb from Ithaca, NY

I just wanted to send my wishes to you for a quick recovery. You are in everyone's prayers, especially your fans. It's good to have family and friends around you, I always believe that helps in recovery.

Dear Dan, I'm a 46 year old fan in Honolulu. Like the masses of people who sang softly along with you at the Waikiki Shell, my young adult years were spent harmonizing to "Old Tennessee" on the beach as all of the young men learned to play guitar to your songs. Through the years your songs have been there for me with their healing quality. I still carry the "Innocent Age" CD on each 5 hour flight to the mainland and find "Nexus" helps to keep my brain synapses from turning to mush. "The Reach" transports me to Maine, "The Leader of the Band" still brings tears to my eyes. I recently turned my young daughter on to her first Dan Fogelberg song and she has been listening to "Run for the Roses" continuously since then. Thank you for being the musical poet laureate of our generation. You, more than any other artist, have expressed hope and optimism to inspire our rather cynical age.I just wanted you to know that we're praying for you and sending you and your family all of the aloha and positive energies we can for your swift recovery. May the hope, love and optimism you have brought so many of us, through so many years, be returned a thousand fold to heal you. Aloha ~ Rae and family in Honolulu

Dan - May prayers heal you as your music has healed others. Donna

Your music has brought so much peace, healing & love to my life. Sending healing thoughts & energy to you and your ohana. Me ke aloha pumehana (with warmest aloha)…~ Lilinoe

BIG part of my life in the mid-to-late 70's....lived in Aspen then.....live on Kauai now. THANKS!!!! I will ALWAYS remember you. ~ Gary Petrison

Dan,Your music has enriched the lives of all who have heard it. I thank you for the beautiful music that I have only just recently come to know. I have carried around and enjoyed your "Greatest Hits" tape for years, but never knew until I purchased the "Portrait" album about 5 months ago how really talented and versatile you are. Since then I have purchased almost all of your albums and each one has given me great pleasure.My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you battle this illness. From your own sweet words."don't lose heart" ~ Theresa

Great, great songwriter, guitarist, and performer....I caught your show at the Santa Monica Civic in 1976. It was truly the best concert that I've ever seen. Then, I saw you on "Soundstage" tonight. Your voice actually sounds richer to me today, and your "guitarmanship" might be even better. I guess a few more years of experience does a body good even if you are the best!! I just learned of your illness this evening. You are a pro. I have no doubt that you have faced big issues before. You already know how to dominate them. I also have no doubt that you are facing this challenge with grace, humor, and strength. I eagerly look forward to seeing you perform again in the future.Best regards. ~ Al F.

To heal is to make happy...I recall the many sleepless nights I battled with my demons, mental and emotional, and your voice and guitar work healed me. It was good to know you'd been, "somewhere around Monterey," where I grew up and was living at the time. It was good to know someone could speak to so many of my feelings and thoughts, giving me the courage to keep putting one foot in front of another, to keep trying. To keep picking. To keep reaching for the high notes. I wish you peace and joy in return for all that you quickened in my soul so long ago.

Dan and Jean, you are both in my prayers each day. I am asking God for healing and for comfort and peace for each of you. We all look forward to many more years of songs that come from your heart to ours. God bless you.~ TR from Franklin, TN

Hi Dan ~ Run for the roses... You'll make it. ~ A Fan in Minnesota

"Love when you can, cry if you have to, be all you must, it's a part of the plan." You're an amazing musician, Dan. I've seen you in concert in six different states since the 70's. So from my home in Colorado, I bow to you. ~ Donna Petrocco, Brighton, CO

Music is known as a healer; keep doing what you do and you will help yourself as much as you have helped people feel good through your music. "Part of the plan" is not always in our control but "there is a place in the world for a gambler "and I'll bet you beat this one!!! Best wishes ~ Greg

I watched your concert tonight on PBS with two of my children, my 9 year old and 4 year old daughters. We all loved the concert. Thought it was great that a 34 year old dad and his children could all see a concert together and all enjoy the music. I told my 9 year old I had a CD of yours and she got so excited. I'm down here in my office listening to your CD with her and also checked out your website. Sorry to hear you have prostate cancer. My dad went through that last year. After treatment he is back to normal and totally fine. With your positive attitude I know you will overcome it too. Take the time off you need, heal and keep your chin up. All your fans look forward to seeing you back on the road. We are all rooting for you Dan!!

Today, being the 3rd anniversary of September 11th it's been a very depressing day. A lot of tears remembering that horrible day, seeing the services, images, etc. over and over. When your concert came on television tonight and your music filled our home it brightened up our day. Was the sun coming out from behind the clouds we all needed today. Thanks for the music Dan. ~ John Pullum (Host  - "More Than Human" on The Discovery Channel)

Dan, I am a professional musician in the Atlanta area, and have been a fan since performing "Part Of The Plan" while playing gigs in the early 70's. I pray for your speedy recovery, and hope you and your family don't have to endure too much pain while waiting for that to happen. I just saw your PBS special on TV, and it was excellent! ~ Danny

Dan, Your music and the person that comes across in that music have meant so much to me for over 30 years. Your music has been the comfort of an old friend, a challenge to my complacency, a call to action for the environment and so many more things that I could not enumerate them all. Your music has helped shape the person that I am. I am saddened to hear of your battle with cancer, but know that you have the strength and courage to win this fight. Know that there are many of us thinking of you, praying for you and carrying you in our hearts. All you have given to us should come back to you in healing energy and comfort. I lost my mother to cancer, so I know how difficult this is for your family and I send my prayers and positive thoughts to them as well. I hope you are bearing up well under treatment and that the treatments will be successful. A concerned fan ~ Mary Mahon Foley, Corrales, New Mexico

Dear Dan, I just watched you on PBS's Soundstage. An absolutely fantastic performance!!! I pray that this illness is only a small set back and we will see you playing again very soon. Thanks for all the wonderful music. ~ Pam

Like so many others who haves sent you well wishes of good health. My husband was watching TV tonight & called me in to see my old "musical crush". I didn't recognize you right away. Then I exclaimed "oh it's Dan Fogelberg!" Then I checked on line to see what you have been up to & I am so sorry to hear about your illness. I hope you gain strength & heal soon. Think Lance Armstrong!!!! (He's my other Crush)

I have to take a really long business trip by car at the end of the week & I am going to make sure I replace my old "Souvenirs & Nether Lands" albums with new CD's for my car. I started listening to your music back in 1977 or 78 when I was a Sophomore or Junior in High school. I forgot how much it meant to me & how beautiful your music truly is. God bless you & your family. Peace & Love.

Dear Dan and family, I'm not the kind of person to sit down and write to a "celebrity." However, after learning of your condition, I felt the need to send an email. My husband and I, who have been married for 23 years, have purchased almost every album (oops! CD) beginning with Home Free. We still can't believe that you were not nominated for a Grammy for The Innocent Age. In our opinion, it was a masterpiece. I could go on and on about your musical talent, but the reason I am sending this is to let you know that two years ago, my husband, at the age of 51, was also diagnosed with prostate cancer. His PSA was 19, and the doctor removed the prostate gland(nerve sparing) and the surrounding lymph nodes. Today, he is healthy and cancer free! I don't know if you will ever get to read this, but my husband and I want you to know that we are thinking of you, and if you ever choose to be on tour again, we'll be there! Best Wishes ~ Lucy and David Martin

Dan, Thanks for the wonderful music over the years and my best wishes are with you. ~ Mark Guertin

Dear Mr. Fogelberg, This evening while channel surfing, I came across PBS'  Soundstage show. I cannot tell you how surprised I was to see you were tonight's featured artist. I have listened to and admired your music for many years. I can remember my senior year in college, living alone in a small house in the woods. I think I listened to your Nether Lands album daily. I will confess that although I think it has many great songs, my favorite is "Dancing Shoes". I love the stories about life that are revealed in your work. I was disappointed to read that you had to cancel your 2004 tour, but understand. I wish you and your family the best. Will send a prayer your way.Thank you for sharing your talent and gifts with us for so many years. ~ Patricia Bolt (a fan in Ohio)

Hi Dan, My name is Tom Reese from PA. I am so sorry for your challange, I cannot begin to express my concern for your fight. Your passion and love of music and life has moved and inspired me since my early 70's college days at Mansfield State. My prayers are with you, and I know you have a very strong will and spirit, and will win. You're the best, my friend, God bless you. ~ T. Reese

Dear Dan, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. ~ DJM

The other night we saw Dan on Soundstage. It was so neat to hear all those great songs again and to hear the great harmonies! We have been fans from way back. I saw Dan in solo concert in 1982 and was so impressed with his talent at songwriting, singing and all the instruments he plays so well. What a beautiful person and we are sending positive thoughts his way.

Dan, May God be with you on your recovery. You have been an inspiration to both my wife and myself and we have been long time fans. We unfortunately missed your tour last year when you were at Konocti. We are from Sacramento.Sorry to hear of your illness. Godspeed on your recovery and we “will” see you again. ~ J.D. Treadway

Dan, You have been my idol since high school. I am now 47 and you're STILL my idol. When I read of your illness I can't tell you how sad it made me. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. Wishing you health (and a few more albums). ~ Kim Evans

Dan, The first two albums I ever owned were given to me by my cousin for my 14th birthday in 1974. They were John Denver's Greatest Hits and your album Souvenirs. Since then you have been my all time favorite musician. I've seen you in concert many times over the years, and I think I have all of your albums! Living here in Nashville, I have seen, met, or interacted with just about every famous artist in this area, but you are the only one I really hope to run into someday. I respect your talent for song writing, as well as being able to play just about every instrument in the band with excellence. I don't think many people know that on your first albums, you played most of the instruments and sang nearly all of the vocals! Please know that you are in my prayers. Be brave, be strong, and you will beat this. God's speed on a full recovery. ~ Angie Arnold, Nashville, TN

Dan, I'm wearing Lance's Yellow Band in your honor! I have full confidence you'll be singing your heart out at Red Rocks again next year. Wasn't the same without you this year. Please release a piano book of  Full Circle. Love "Half Moon Bay" and "Drawing Pictures" and "Icarus Ascending". Thanks to your concert many yrs ago at Kings Island, I returned to playing piano. After Full Circle concert at Red Rocks, I even bought a digital piano. You make a difference! We love you and send you strength and positive spirits filled with good health! ~ Cherie Orwig

Love, love, love, we give you all of ours for all you have given us. ~ Gordon

Dear Dan, I have thought about writing to you many times over the past 25 years....don't know why I've waited this long. I want to thank you for the gift of your incredible music, which has been a part of my world ever since I discovered the Phoenix album at age 17. Through your songs I have always felt a connection with you, and so as I pray for your complete recovery, and for peace for you and your family, I am praying for an old friend. May all the joy that you've given to others through your songs, come back to surround you at this time. warm regards ~ Pam (Philadelphia PA)

Dan, last night I saw your concert on PBS' Soundstage and did it bring back memories. I've only had the opportunity to see you once in concert in St. Louis and I remember it well because you came out with a Cardinal hat on and asked "Is it okay if I wear this?" I'll never forget that or the applause you got for the comment. You say one of your inspirations was the Beatles. Well, I've been to three McCartney concerts, two Ringo concerts and one Harrison concert and I have to say of all the concerts and groups I have seen ranging from Poco to Yes and beyond, your concert was one of the finest and most enjoyable. Watching your concert last night brought back memories and tears to my eyes when you sang "Leader of the Band" as my dad just died in July. Thank you so much for sharing your music with your fans. I'll pray for your recovery and if you make it to St. Louis again I'll pay as much as I paid to see Paul McCartney to hear your concert (and you don't want to know how much that was). Once again, I'll keep you in my prayers and keep on singing. ~ Bob Bullman, St. Louis, Mo.

You will never know how much you have influenced my songwriting. God bless you, boy. Get well and come to West BY GAWD Virginia! ~ Monty

I have been a Dan Fogelberg fan since the beginning. I have made his music a part of my life. When I had happy times, he would come out with happy music. When I had bad times (divorce) he had the music that perfectly accompanied my mood. I am saddened to hear of his illness, but not surprised to hear it during the very week I was diagnosed with severe lupus. Now I guess he will compose music for us to recover by.LOL And we will recover!!! Dan, if you are reading this I want you to know your music has meant the world to me and I am astounded by your genius and talent. I was thrilled to see you in concert in Dallas Texas during the 80's and on the Pier in Seattle in the 90's. Both times were like magic.I will have you in my prayers for a speedy recovery, and I will have your family in my prayers for strength and peace.And also know you are not alone, there are many of us out there fighting similar battles in our own quiet ways. I look forward to many more years of your music. I have heard that when a person is faced with things of this nature, they will recieve a great spiritual gift. I hope your gift will come speeding to you. ~ Amanda Barber - DF fan since the 70's

Dan, I've been watching the Soundstage performance this evening, checked your webpage to see what year Full Circle was released, and learned the news of your health issues. It seems so insignificant to say "I'm sorry," but I'm deeply sorry and hope and wish for your recovery. It is a little ironic, and I hope gives you pleasure to know of what your music and voice mean to me tonight, and for so many years. I grew up in Springfield, IL and am a year younger than you - graduated from U of I etc, and we all thought of you as our own - our Illinois boy. Now I'm in Arizona, where I've had the chance to attend your performances over the years. Last weekend, my parents, who are in their 70s and still in Illinois, were involved in a very serious automobile accident. They were badly hurt and the extent to which they will recover is unknown - the doctors warn that their lives have forever changed, we just don't know how significantly. It surely will be the end of things as we have known them. I haven't been able to get home due to work commitments, though I'm going soon. But I haven't really been dealing with any emotions yet (other than constant, pervasive worrying).

So tonight, watching and listening to you perform the songs that I've loved over the years helped me to feel some of the emotions I have tried to avoid this week. Your emotional voice, your pensive lyrics enabled me to feel sadness and loss, but also the beauty of your voice and your art brought an awareness of the serene beauty of nature and continuity and the sweet sadness of life. Of course there's the nostalgic element, for the songs are associated with younger days - and in Illinois- which seem so carefree in hindsight. But tonight your music enabled me to feel the sadness and the peaceful beauty both and I thank you for that. I wish you the best and, even as an old agnostic, I pray for your well-being. Peace, ~ Bree

Dan and Jean. I hope and pray that a healing will take place. Jesus loves you both and will take care of you. I want to thank you for the many great years of musical beauty that you have brought my way. Hope you get better, and if you so desire, to see you in concert again. Remember "keep kicking at the darkness, until it bleeds daylight." A long time fan and supporter ~ Mark in Canton, OH.

Dear Dan, What can I say that hasn't been said by so many before me? Please know you are in my thoughts each and every day, and most especially every time I hear your voice. Throughout my life your music has meant more to me than I can express to you in one short note. I believe in you, and your strength of spirit. Keep fighting...with all of the love and support from your family, friends, and those of us who don't know you personally, but feel as though we do through your music, you will beat this. ~ Lisa Haselmann, Saint Paul, Minnesota

Dear Dan, I have been a fan of yours since the late seventies and own all your music. Through that music you have taken me places that I never would have gone on my own, and even though I have never met you ( but sure would like to someday ), you have made me feel like your friend. So if I may, right after I send this message to you, I will get on my knees before my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and say a prayer for my friend, that a divine touch from Almighty God finds you where you are and never lets you go, for by his stripes we are healed. May this gift be yours, and may your FAITH in him be your guide. Your friend from Toledo ~ Daniel

Dan and family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you daily. From loyal and loving fans in Richmond, Virginia.

Dan, You are loved by millions of like souls - Ever On..Ever ON - thank you for giving the world life through music.

Dear Dan, I was so sorry to hear of your illness, and I am praying for your recovery. This world needs your continued poetic music; there isn't much else out there these days that I'm impressed with. I was introduced to your music back in 1974 in college and have been a fan ever since. I have seen many of your concerts in Illinois and Missouri; I look forward to seeing another soon. Stay strong and know that millions of your fans are wishing you peace and good health. ~ Kathy, Blue Springs, Missouri

Dan and Jean, Thoughts, prayers and love to you both, during this time and as ever.... Eat lots of blueberries Dan, they taste great and are high in antioxidants. Sincerely ~ Jeff Pine, Santa Ynez CA / Grand Junction CO

Unfortunately I missed you the last time you were in Little Rock. Won't happen again, I'll be there when you return, and I know you'll be back. Soundstage was tremendous. While I knew of your wonderful love songs I had no idea you were so verstile and multi-talented. We are about the same age and I wish you peace and comfort in the days ahead. Thanks for sharing your talent and speaking for, and to, so many through your music. ~ Sam Weatherford

I didn't know you'd been diagnosed with cancer until I came here tonight. My husband and I just finished Soundstage on PBS and were amazed, of course. Dan, you are one of the most talented men. My sister in law once said, "the man can sing the ingredients from the side of a cake mix box and melt me into a puddle." Your music brings back memories that are so dear to me. I grew up listening to your albums on my dad's stereo. He'd have it loud enough for us to hear in the yard, or he'd be listening to it on his walkman and harmonizing with the music. I've always loved your music, I was raised listening to it and now it ties me to memories of my dad who died 6 years ago. Your music and voice bring me peace and solitude while I remember him. I pray you find that same peace and solitude at this time of your life. My thoughts are with you and your wife. Get better. ~ Bekki in AZ (home for me is the Western Slope)

Dear Dan, just recently, I found myself wondering whatever happened to you. Then last night, I happened to turn on Soundstage and was curious about the singer - you. I was so happy to see and hear you again because your music meant SO MUCH to me in the 70's. I cried a lot to your songs as I came 'of age', and I always loved to listen to you. We were fortunate to see you in concert many years ago as well, and I have never forgotten how your music touched my soul. I decided to look you up this morning on the Internet and was dismayed to hear of your battle with cancer. Fight the good fight and get well soon. My prayers are with you and your family as you go through this battle. Thank you for being a part of my life for so many years - I will always love you!!! ~ RC - Lincoln, NE.

Dear Dan; My thoughts and prayers are with you. I have loved your music for over thirty years and have seen you live many times. I think you are a genius and very underrated. Your lyrics are always thoughtful and touching, and your music is brilliant. I know you will triumph over this and will be back to Meadowbrooke in no time. Please get well!! ~ Jim

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.~ Julie

Dan, best wishes for a speedy and full recovery from a very loyal fan in Dallas, TX. I came to love your music in the fall of 1980 as a college freshman in upstate NY. My college room mate and dear friend to this day was also a huge fan - could I have been more lucky? We would sit for hours listening to everything we had; Home Free, Souvenirs, Nether Lands, Twin Sons, Innocent Age, so thankful your albums contained lyrics for us to follow along off key! We analyzed your lyrics, wondering where such heartfelt and touching words came from, what experiences allowed you to create such poetry set to music? We both dreamed of a day when we would see you perform live. Sadly for both of us, that day came after we left college and had gone in our different directions. In my 20 years living in the Dallas area, I have had the good fortune of seeing your perform several times, and each time was like the first time for me! Still today, I recall receiving a letter from my college roommate telling me of her first Fogelberg concert experience. Your CD's are frequently the musical backdrop for my daily commute to work - I just never grow tired of your voice or words. Take the love and support of your family, friends and fans and let that be your comfort as you work through your illness. Never allow your faith or strength of spirit be compromised. God Bless you and may you make a full recovery so that we all have more of your artistry to look forward to. ~ E.K., Dallas, TX

Your music is so timeless. I'll never forget Saturday mornings many, many years ago when I'd listen to Souvenirs as I unwound from a hectic work week. Your music makes my day complete. I know you will be fine because you have so many people praying and sending you positive thoughts. We are all here for a reason and sometimes it's just difficult to see why in the midst of our problems. God bless you and your family, ~ Margie

My dad had prostate cancer and lived to tell about it. I expect to have it myself. Don't worry about it. I am the living legacy of my father also, his only son. Sounds like we have a lot in common. except that you are one of the finest songwriters and singers I've ever known. Just do what your doctors tell you and you'll be fine. You are in my thoughts and prayers. ~ Jim Martin, Little Rock, Akansas

Dan,  Just wanted to wish you the best of luck in fighting the illness. As an amateur guitar player you have been at the top of my hero list since about 1977 when my friend turned me on to your Souvenirs record. It is still one of my favorites as well as many others you recorded. You have an incredible gift of making the wind of acoustic instruments harmonize perfectly with your songs and voice. I have seen you play a couple of solo shows and think you are about the best one man band on the planet. I really like the Full Circle record and hope you can continue to make beautiful new music. Long may you run brother ~  DW

To Dan; You are one of the greatest songwriter of my generation you and your family are in God's hands and He will take care of you. Remember what the Bible says in Rbi8 Revelation 21:4 ; And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor out cry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away. He promises to make every thing better for us. We need to have faith in God. May he be bring you and your family comfort at this time. Your fan ~ Alyce POK.NY

Hello Dan, My wife and I are long time fans of your music. We are a duo that plays around on the Southwestern circuit. We are also from Illinois originally, so we've always had a connection to your music. We just heard about your recent illness last night from a friend after a gig in Houston. After checking out your website, I'm going to pick up your most recent album. It will be good to hear some of your new music. We wish you a speedy recovery and you are in our thoughts. Long may you run. ~ John & Maureen, Willis TX.

I have been a Dan Fogelberg fan since my college days in the early 70's. My wife and I also attended the Soundstage taping in Chicago (I'm a friend of Joe Thomas, the show's director and an investor in the production company that produces Soundstage). Our prayers are with Dan and family and we wish Dan a speedy recovery. ~ Ron and Mary Lewis

Dan, You have touched my soul in so many ways in all of your songs. I only wish that I could return the favor. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Good luck and I know I will see you in concert again. With much gratitude ~ Jerry

Saw your Soundstage performance, marvelous, all of you. Took me back to ISU show of 1975. Sending good energy your way. Good luck. ~ Adrian Takir

You have been an inspiration to me through college and although I am a sports reporter, I do music reviews and listening to your music is a pleasure not a job. A t times I get a bit jealous because you make my wife smile and cry almost as much as I so with your music. Get well soon because that would make the world of music smile along with my wife. ~ Gordon Engelhardt, Evansville Indiana

Howdy Dan, I just recently learned of your diagnosis with prostate cancer. I wish you all the very best, and pray that you prevail. I lost both of my parents to cancer back in the 80's. It is not an experience I would wish on anyone. Your music has been a big part of my life. I'm also a singer and songwriter, and have been performing in a mainly acoustic format in my area for over 25 years. "Dancing Shoes" to this day remains one of my very favorite songs, and sometimes "Same Old Lang Syne" still brings a tear to my eye, as I had a relationship something like that too. Keep a positive outlook, pray a lot, keep those you love near. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Take care ~ Marty Murray, Niagara Falls, Ontario

Dear Dan: Your music was the soundtrack of my days as a young adult in the late 70's and early 80's. I measure and recall events and relationships with your songs as the backdrop. Thank you for sharing your musical gifts with your fans. I send you my very best wishes for a speedy recovery. You will be in my prayers each day. ~ JHSiess, Esq.. Lodi, California

DAN: I first heard your Nether Lands album when I was 16—in 1978. Then, I bought everything you’ve made. I’ve come to see you live a good number of times in Los AngeIes. I can’t tell you how many times--through sickness, health, sorrow and joy-- your music has helped pull me through the tough times and enhance the great times, like an old friend. I wish your health care providers wisdom and kindness, and I wish for you the power of the positive. And, I wish you the support and beautiful surprises that come from caring and present friends—both flesh and musical! (And, I am thinking of your wife. This stuff is so hard on the ones who love us, I’ve learned. I hope she is doing okay.) Thank you, Thank you. (And come out swinging. Wrestle this thing to the ground)

Dan...You have made a brilliant contribution to modern music and your work will stand timeless for years to come. We all know that you are going through a very rough time right now and our thoughts and best wishes are with you and your family. You will beat this and we all look forward to your next music venture. "and still your gypsy wind, will soothe my soul and call me back again..." ~ Dennis Muzzy and family - Northern California

Dear Dan ~ There have been many important people in my life through the years. My family, my friends. and you. At 18 I heard you sing "Stars" & it was then that I fell in love with your music. Countless songs & 30 years later, I still love your music. I've been fortunate enough to have seen you in concert many times over the years.The first time was in the early 70's in Chicago where you opened for the Eagles. (I didn't know who they were & only bought the ticket to see you!) The last time was in Thousand Oaks, CA this past year. Though you don't know me, you've been with me & helped me through some rough days & have been an important part of my life. I want you to know how much you're touched my life. I'm looking forward to your next album; I'm looking forward to seeing you on stage again. I'm looking forward to growing old with you. My thoughts & prayers are with you & your family. All my best ~ Karen Stoltz, Oxnard, CA

I am watching Sound Stage as I write this. I wish you the best in your battle, and my thoughts & prayers will be with you. God Bless ! ~ Robert Cook, Paris, IL.

Dan, I've been a big fan since the '70's. I waited twenty years to see you at Interlochen in 1999. Loved your story about how you got your middle name. It was also a touching moment when you had to restart "Leader of the Band". I thought that moment showed alot about who you are as a person- someone who cares. In the late seventies I wrote alot of poetry and your gift for lyrics influenced my interest in poetry. You are in my daily thoughts and prayers. Sincerely ~ Kurt Kellogg

Your music and lyrics have been a source of wonder and inspiration for me since I discovered you in 1980. I know you will fully recover, Dan,and I look forward to sitting in front of you again next year when you return to us. ~ John Smales

Dear Dan, I have always respected and admired your music and have many of your albums. I saw you once in concert in Florida in the late 80's and was pleasantly surprised by the depth of your music.I wish you the best of luck and hope that you will make a speedy recovery. I do not wish to pry into your personal business but I do hope you will always remember that we are grateful for you and your gifts to us.If our prayers can be a gift in return then add mine to the growing list of fans who will say one for you. ~ Winston

I have been a fan since Home Free. You have woven a thread throughout my life with your music. Best wishes to you for a speedy recovery. ~ Tracy

Best wishes Dan as you go through this challenge in your life. I know that you will make it through this trying time and will emerge stronger than ever. ~ Roberta

Dan, I happened upon your Sound Stage performance on our local PBS station last night. I have been a huge fan since the early 70's. Many of your songs have had special meaning in my life. Every New Year's Eve, I religiously play "Same Old Lang Syne" as a sentimental link to the past. I will hold that song close to my heart forever. I hope and pray for your recovery from the cancer you are battling. I will continue to follow your progress. Godspeed to you and your family and may we be seeing you performing again very soon! Your fan ~ Bob Krantz, Newburgh, Indiana.

Hi Dan, I have followed your career since the "early years". Your music has been an important part of my life. I had the good fortune of seeing you several times at Westbury Gardens. I wish you all the best and the speedy recovery that I know you will have. May God bless you always. ~ Tom Maddaloni, Selden, NY

Dear Dan, As a Nurse I can empathise with what you are going through and my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. As a long time fan I have enjoyed your music tremendously; It has never failed to sooth my soul, provide constant enjoyment and inspiration. I am that person that you see driving down the highway singing at the top of my lungs to your music. I have been to many of your concerts at Red Rocks, Fiddlers Green and in Boulder. I hope you continue to make beautiful music for many years to come and hope that you find peace in the love that surrounds you now. With much hope, gratitude and prayers, ~ Nancy Welsh

I always wanted to thank you, for listening to your dreams, and because you did, you helped us learn how to listen for our own. Mr. Fogelberg, that is a lovely gift to give that we freely received. You and your bride are often in my prayers. Be well! ~ Carol 

Mr. Fogelberg, I'm a little surprised I felt so -- connected to this news -- and I was relieved to hear it wasn't so bad. I guess it's just that I've seen the progression of your lyrics, from the humanistic optimism of "Part of the Plan" to the hopelessness of  "Windows and Walls", and I assumed this reflected your feelings at the time -- too much assumption perhaps -- and it felt like it was a friend of mine who was feeling sad that I'd never tried to cheer up! In any case, I'll add my hope that you find the same hope I find in God -- and that the news from your medical people continues to be excellent. Good luck, Phoenix! ~ Will Briggs

Dan, I am a life-long fan who feels the passion and depth of your songs at a level that is difficult to describe. I am very sorry to learn of your current situation with prostate cancer and my thoughts and prayers are with you. Just two weeks ago the father of a boy I coached in baseball this past summer lost his battle with cancer. I only knew him personally for about 15 months and in that relatively short time I developed a great deal of respect and admiration for this man. In your own words, "Don't Lose Heart." Regards ~ Jerry Lima, Columbus, Ohio

Your music has played such a large part in my life for many, many years. It has been with me, and has been a comfort during both the good and the bad times. Recently I reconnected with my one true soulmate after 30 years, and I feel that your music helped us to realize the feelings that we had never lost for each other. My thoughts and prayers are with you at a difficult time for you & your family. May God bless you and give you & yours the strength to deal with this situation. ~ mam

Wow, this is a shock. I was just on a website asking which songs make me tear up and I wrote " any ballad by Dan Fogelberg". Please take care, Mr. Fogelberg I know you will be fine! A huge fan ~ Romanus

You have been like a brother to me. I grew up listening to your music as gospel. Especially in my teenage years. I am a 40 year old gal that lives in St. Louis and have seen you any time you came to St. Louis or Chicago in the past 20 years. Every time I put on your CD it always gets me in touch with my past and who I am. You have inspired me like a brother would so when I found out via email about you, I was in my own fog and I called my friend that introduced me to your music 25 years and coped with her. Please take care and have a speedy recovery cause looking forward to the next time you come to St. Louis or Chicago is one of those things in life that keeps me going.Thanks for all the beautful music you made, it changed my life and kept me sane at times. Sincerely ~ Vicky - A huge fan

Sending more prayers up for you daily, Dan...you are my biggest musical hero, and after almost a lifetime, your music feeds my soul like no one else's. As an all-grown-up professional musician, now, I still see daily the effect your talent has had on my life and my own music. Like so many others here, I have you in my prayers costantly, asking our lord to surprise us with a wonderful outcome. May God keep you, Jean, and the rest of your family tight in his arms. We love you, gentle man. ~ mb

Some 21 years ago I was lucky enough to meet you after a concert in Raleigh, NC. I shared with you then how very special your music was to me, and that as a performer every time I would sing in college, coffeehouses, etc., I would always open with Part of the Plan. Your music has touched me over the years as no other musician's every has. I was so sorry of your current health problems and send all my best wishes and prayers for you. You are truly a special gifted man. With love and hope ~ Randi Marten, North Kingstown, RI

Dan: I'm a longtime fan and wanted to express my thoughts of concern for you as you battle cancer. I will truly be praying for you -- specifically that you might experience healing from this disease, and that God's hand will be guiding you -- and those caring for you -- at all times. I've followed your music since I was in high school in the mid-70s, and feel a unique bond to you and your music. As a sometimes musician, I've played (or at least attempted) many of your songs that touched me most, including "To the Morning," "Part of the Plan," "These Days," and "Along the Road." My wife says I'm a hopeless romantic, which I sense you are also. As a Minnesota resident, I am often touched by things you seem to value, such as seasonal changes and the first snowfall. I also recently lost my father, which I understand you have experienced. While watching your recent Soundstage concert, I was quite touched with your simple, yet eloquent rendition of "Leader of the Band." My dad, while not a professional musician, definitely conveyed during my childhood the rich value of music, along with many of the other values I hold. Since I'm a few years younger than you and have walked a different career path as an engineer, our politics may occasionally diverge, but I still treasure all your songs [even the politician ones :) ] and respect you for your convictions, your passion, and the many gifts that you share. I wish you all the best, and again, I will be praying for you. Warm regards ~ Andy Roe, Maple Grove, MN

Dan, I still remember the exact moment that I heard you for the first time. It was a snowy winter's night in 1971, Hyde Park, New York. I had just turned on the radio and I was struck down by the most beautiful haunting melody, airy angelic voice, and the deepest, most introspective lyrics to ever blow my mind and heart open silmultaneously. The moment is frozen in time and Iremember how you took my breath away. I waited for the announcer to tell me what it was that I had just experienced. They just went right on, and didn't announce the song or the artist. It was killing me. I listened to the station intently for the next six months hoping to catch the song again and finally, one day, there it was: "Watch the Sun, watching it come, watching it come up over the roof tops". I immediately ran to the record store, "Do you have Dan Fogelberg" I asked? Dan Who? They replied. So we looked through their catalog and I special ordered "Home Free". Your songs have remained a Mantra to me through-out my life. I've seen at least a dozen of your shows across the country over the years, the most memorable being some of your early solo shows in places like Albany, New York, and the Paramus NJ show you did with Fools Gold. Like many of our generation, I was devasted when we lost the song writing synergy of Lennon and McCartney in 1969. You, Daniel Fogelberg, single-handedly filled that void for me during the remainder of my life. Thank you for carrying that torch. May you continue to inspire our lives with your songs. "Yes its going to be a day, there is really nothing left to say but come on morning" "To the Morning", remains my all time favorite song to this day. Bless You and your family Dan. Heal well my friend.~ Tim Jessup

Dan and Family, A fan for decades, your music has been an important influence on my life. To witness how a 20,000 seat arena can be so silenced by an artist and his acoustic guitar is a powerful thing. We chose "Longer" as the first dance at our wedding (20 years ago). Six months after the wedding, I was diagnosed with breast cancer and spent much of my recovery time listening to your music. Your music and message helped give me the strength to survive. As a 20 year survivor, please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you. Thanks for sharing your music with the world. Best to you. Peace. ~ sms

Dan, You are in our thoughts and prayers, hoping for a speedy recovery. Ttwo of your fans from North Carolina ~ Joanne and Bob Hoffman

Dear Dan, I have been a fan of yours since your first album all those years ago. I love your words and music. I was saddened to hear of your recent health challenges and want to send my blessing for a complete recovery. May you and your family stay strong during these challenging moments and may we, your fans, have the privilege to hear you sing once again. On a personal note, always remember that you make a difference, that you are loved and that everything has all worked out. May peace, love and health always be yours,~ Leslie Ben-kiki, Nahariya, Israel

Your songs have been a companion and inspiration to me for almost 30 years. A friend and I played gigs at pubs to earn money in college. We had a repitoire of about 40 songs, twenty of which were yours! You know we were hard core fans when we played "To the Morning" to a bar crowd! I still quietly play "There's a Place..." when I need strength. I'll never forget sitting in an audience of 15,000 at the St. Paul Civic Center so quiet you could hear a pin drop. Thanks for sharing your heart with us through your music over the years. Please accept my heartfelt wishes for your full and speedy recovery. ~ Carl Johnson

Dan, I wish you the best..as a nurse I have an idea of what you are going through with your illness. Stay positive, you will beat this!...I watched you in concert on PBS last evening and you brought back so many memories of my youth..I found a pencil drawing of you in my memory box!..I've had it since 1976...Here's a warm hug from an old fan, fondly ~ Jeanne.

Dan, From one Illinois Boy to another..........get well quickly. I have been a fan since the late 70's and a huge fan since my college days at Illinois State University. My Scandanavian family members worked in the steel mills in Illinois, so my ties to you are long (I'm avoiding saying the obvious...Longer than there have been fishes in the ocean !!) I think of you daily and pray for your health. Your music has gotten me through many great times and tough times. "Longer" was played at my wedding, "Lost in the Sun" carried me across the country to Arizona and "Along the Road" has taken me on many more trips. I have seen you in concert 8 times...enjoyed everyone of them. I'm planning to see concert 9, 10, 11 etc..so you need to get well soon....It's just that simple !! ~ Mark Peterson; Naperville, IL

Hi...Love your music! You can beat this thing, we're all praying for you. I for one, want to be front row center, when you hit the trail again.....It'll truly be a RUN FOR THE ROSES for you then!Wishing you the very best. ~ Ron, Traverse City, MI

Hi Dan, last night 9-11-04 I was flipping thought the tv channels and noticed your concert on PBS.After that there was no more flipping. Enjoyed every word and note. I did not know how good of a guitar player you were in concert until last night.I have been a fan since the Captured Angel disc.After the concert I checked out your web site for the first time. I was deeply sorry to of learned about your fallen health, Dan, I have and will continue to pray for your health, so God, can allow you to share your wonderful gifts of music and art. Love and Prayers ~ Marc from Akron, Ohio

Hey Dan-Caught your PBS show last night-WOW!!! You are something else! I hadn't heard you for probably 20 years! We middle-aged guys can really put on a good show! I am going to get some of your later CD's soon as they express so artistically what I feel. My appreciation also extends to your band-TIGHT ! You can beat this prostate thing-hang in there and keep on rockin' ! Sincerely ~
Jon Fowle, Becket MA.

Your news was quite upsetting. I've been a fan since the beginning, and somehow you feel more like a good friend rather than an artist I admire. You have always been someone I could count on. I pray every day for God to send you and your family everything you need to get through this. Your friend ~ Scarlett Livesay - Winchendon Springs, MA

Dan, I'm a professional musician from the Cleveland area. I credit a childhood listening to your music as one of the great inspirations that led me down this path. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family in this time of challenge. Be comforted by the knowledge that the warmth and beauty of your music has made the world a better place.Best wishes ~ DK

Dear Mr. Fogelberg, What a pleasure to see you in concert on PBS Soundstage last night. I have
seen you in concert six times over the years, and look forward to seeing you again soon. Thank you for your music. Good wishes to you and yours for a speedy recovery.~ Mary

I am a singer/songwriter in the Detroit area. I had the amazing privilege of opening for Dan twice! As a younger girl I listened to his soothing voice, on days where I felt I couldn't get out of bed, he would bring me peace of mind. I will light a candle for him and he will be in my prayers - sending strength and positive energy...~ Jill Jack

Dan and family ~ thank you so much for your music over the years. I first heard your music in my high school years and it's still something I tremendously enjoy. My thoughts are with you. Be strong.

Hi Dan, As I watch the PBS show tonight, your music fills every corner of my heart. I am a singer/songwriter who you have inspired through the years. A problem with my vocal chords has sidelined me for the last few months and has silenced my writing too for some reason. I guess I feel like part of my heart is gone. After seeing you you play tonight I will definitely get back to writing .... most likely I'll be up all night working on a new song thanks to you. You inspire me and I don't think there are words that can thank you enough. You are in my prayers and I know you will be well soon. God Bless, Aloha ~ Gail Swanson

Dan, You and your family are on our thoughts and prayers. We have survived breast cancer for 7 years. Thank you for the years of wonderous sounds and the years of sounds to come. Bless you all.~ Amy & Adams

Dear Mr. Fogelberg - I just wanted to take a second to say that I hope you are well. So often in life God throws these many challenges at us, but how we choose to face them is up to us. I hope you hit it head on and make it run for the hills. Your music is an awesome inspiration and not a lot of music now days can do that. May only you decide when your last dance will be danced. Sincerely ~ Colette Eigner

Best wishes and I hope for your full recovery--love from renee of dgo

Hey Dan, I have seen this illness that you're going through with my father. I know what you're dealing with to a very large extent. Hang in there, don't give up, continue to play your guitar as it is great therapy. I've been listening to your music for over 30 years, remembering when I was sixteen and you came to Jackson, MS in the fall of 1974. I picked up my guitar again when I lived in NYC in 1981. I had a career with the N.Y. City Ballet, and when I needed an escape, the first album I bought to start playing along with was Innocent Age. It captivated and "healed" me at the time. Follow your instinct with this and do what YOU feel is the right thing. Then give all the rest to our Creator. You're in my thoughts and prayers. May God bless and hear your voice. My best wishes ~David Keary, Jackson, MS

Dan, My wife Karen and our four children are praying in earnest for your recovery. As you read this know that you who we have never seen are loved by the One who is unseen, and that He will faithfully carry you through to the end. "Christ at Calvary nailed to His wooden tower..." I would commend Edith Schaeffer's book Affliction to you. Thank you for the words and music. "You know in the end there is one road we're gonna walk alone." He is there and He is not silent. Love, Joel Pearce

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Hang in there....we need you on this planet for a long to time come! ~ Susan Kaul, Minnesota

Dan, I watched your performance on Soundstage tonight, and it took me back to the 80's when I drove 90 miles to Jackson MS with tornado warnings all around me, but I would not have missed your concert for ANYTHING!! To this day, it is still the best concert I have attended. I am sorry to hear about your illness, but all of my good wishes, thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I hope to see you again soon in concert! Thanks for all the great songs you have given us. ~ Susan, Laurel MS

As a cancer survivor myself. I know the hard times you are going through. I pray that the lord helps you heal as he has me. I will certainly pray for you. Always have faith, God can work miracles! I'm here to tell you. Your music is really beautiful and I have enjoyed it for many years and I'm sure I will enjoy it for many more! Best wishes ~ Maria Wood

Dan, Thank you so much for all of the pleasure you have brought me over the years. I'm 45 and grew up listening to lots of great music and yours was always on the radio. I wish you the best. Keep the faith brother! ~ Michael from Florida

Dear Dan,You are my favorite. You sing to my heart. When we were young people I was determined to come to Colorado and find you! (I was sure you would love me like I loved you and your music!...ah you've got to love youth!) I send you strength and love as you fight this battle. ~ Kathy

Dear Dan, I too am one of your millions of fans and can't tell you how many times your music brought me through tough times and the good times too. I just finished watching your concert on PBS and went on line and found out about your illness. Keep in mind that there has never been a cloud the sun doesn't shine through. You have been the "sunshine" for so many of us and I know God will bring you through these clouds. My husband and I just celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary and our first dance 20 years ago was "Longer".You and your family will remain in my prayers and I know you will beat this horrible disease. The power in prayer never fails and you have way too many fans bending God's ear right now for Him not to listen.God Bless and love to you ~ Pat from Pennsylvania

For all that you've meant to me, please know that my prayers are with you now. ~ Bob Sloan

I pray that God will give you the courage you need, watch over you and keep you as comfortable as possible while you go through this terrible ordeal. You have the love and prayers of all your fans who's lives you have touched over the years with your wonderful songs. "A Love Like This" is the song that my current husband and I call ours. With my first husband it was "Same Old Lang Syne", but I'd better not mention that! When I hear ANY of your songs it always has a memory attached to it. I've listened to your music from as far back as I can remember and will continue to listen for your new ones in the future.
God bless you Dan.~ Lynne & Steve K. Vancouver B.C.

Dear Dan, May the prayers and good wishes your many fans are expressing help you. Your music has helped all of us get through life. Thank you, thank you, thank you.~ Louise, West Virginia

Dear Dan! You're in my prayers. I loved your music since my college days and those lonely days in Paris. I beleive in miracles! ~ Wona

Dear Dan: I'm an African American woman who has always loved your music and saw you in concert for the first time maybe a decade ago at Madison Square Garden in New York City. That's when I really became a lover of your music. Never letting criticism from members of my ethnic group stop me from wrapping myself in the beauty of your music and lyrics, I taped "Soundstage " from my local PBS station last week. I later on went to your website to find out when you would be coming back to NYC and read about your illness. I've my own issues with religion but will put them aside to pray that God will watch over you and give you the strength to continue what you were put here on earth to do which I believe is through your music help us know the beauty of emotions and not fear them. I sincerely wish for you, your loved ones and those of us like myself who adore the beautiful spirit inside the man who shares his spirit and emotions with through his music teaching us not to fear but embrace them. Sincerely ~ Sharona V.R. Jones

A memorable Dan Fogelberg moment: When my 6 year old asked me to play "As The Raisin Flies" on my guitar for him. ~ Rick from Des Moines.

Dear Dan and Jean, I am stunned at the news of your illness. I pray that this has a positive outcome and that you feel as good and strong as you have in all those years when you toured and traveled making the wonderful music that we enjoy so deeply. You are someone who has touched my life with the music. I may never have met you, but just to know the music is a blessing. My life has been a good life just because of your music in it. I wish you all the very best. My prayers are with the both of you. Very Sincerely, ~ Linda Garcia

Dear Mr. and Mrs. F. - Keeping you both close in thought and hoping Dan continues to progress in his battle against PC. It is bound to be an arduous journey on a long craggy path. Stock your saddle bags with the love and support from family, friends and fans; the skill of talented physicians; and a bit of that gritty determination that sneaks out in some of your lyrics. The road will be traveled well. It is great to see how many fans you have from all around the world. I noticed you have quite a few from Florida. We've all been caught in the path of Mother Nature's fury this hurricane season. "Frances" carved a garish swath of destruction through my community, but it could have been so much worse. The only positive to claim are the instances of compassion when people reach out to help one another. Something wonderful happened the other day...the birds came home! Sand cranes, mockingbirds, cardinals and jays, among others, returned once the barometric pressure stabilized. It was such a joy to see them in flight and hear them in song again. I then remembered that I had Full Circle in the truck and popped it in while I ventured out to restock basic necessities. The first stains of "Half Moon Bay" melted the stress from every fiber of my being. Thank you for your beautiful gift of song. It was a much needed catharsis from "high alert anxiety" and a wonderful return to normalcy. I am terribly disappointed that we did not get our power turned back on in time to see the Soundstage concert, but once we recoup from hurricane expenses, I plan to purchase a copy from PBS. I hope that you will continue to share your gift of music with us, as long as you have joy in the process. As ever ~ J., St. Lucie County

Dan and family, My prayers are with you and your family. I actually have just learned of your illness. I believe your strength and faith will see you through this.

Dan, I listen to your music every day. My husband & I have come from Oklahoma to see your concerts in Colorado & Texas. One perfect night was at Red Rocks under the stars listening to your beautiful music. You are a poet and a great story teller. My favorite story is 'Tucson Ariziona'. Another favorite for my husband and me is 'Missing You'. We pray that God will bless you with a full recovery so you can soon bless all of us with your awesome voice and music in concert. Can't wait to see you perform again. My husband (a Cancer survivor) and I wish you the best. Oklahoma fans.

Dear Dan, There are no words I can say that have not already been said - and you are certainly much more eloquent at expressing my feelings than I am! I have loved your music since I first heard those memorable lyrics and lively melody of "Part of the Plan" in the '70's - - you are, and always will be, my favorite musician and lyricist. I used to play guitar and sing in clubs, and probably 40 percent of what I played was your music! I once saw you at the Kennedy Center - you walked out on stage, not saying a word, sat down at your piano and began to play "Nether Lands" - and tears came to my eyes. It would be difficult to ever choose a favorite song of yours - there are so many that touch my heart and express what I cannot, but  "Nether Lands" - with its ethereal tones and uplifting lyrics - would probably be the one I would choose. Every word in that piece touches the deepest part of me, and the arrangement is indescribably beautiful. My favorite Sunday morning music is "To the Morning", Beethoven's Pastoral symphony number 6 and Bach's Brandenburgs! Your lyrics have given me strength in the darkest of times, because they affirm that I am not alone in what I feel ("I feel like I'm swimming straight up under water, desperately racing for air"). Your instrumentation, arrangements, haunting melodies and insightful words have made my life so much richer that I, like so many others, just want to find some way to thank you for all you have done for us. I wish you a strong and rapid recovery, and many, many more happy years with your loving wife, family, friends and fans (which is just another word for friends!). Thank you, thank you, from the "depths of my soul". ~ Kathe Newcomb

Dan, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Please get well soon. Love, ~ Michael

Dear Dan, Although I have never met you and unfortunately have never had the privilege of seeing you perform live (I do however have your "Greetings from the West" DVD & album - along with all your albums) I therefore don't know you personally, but I do believe I know what you stand for. Over the years your music has touched my heart, it was part of my marriage ceremony, I played your songs on the days both my children were born, and I still look forward each day to hearing of any new material available from you. It was a great shock to hear of your illness when I logged onto your website on Saturday Sept 11th (another poignant day). I take comfort that as a child of the world, having been born in England, lived in South Africa for 25 years and now living in Australia that there are many stories of people with prostrate cancer that continue to prosper. Desmond Tutu is just one, who 8-9 years ago had your diagnosis and continues travelling the world even today. A few months ago I conducted an experiment at my office with my staff as to what was their favourite music.On my own list of top 10 albums & songs...number 1 was Innocent Age with "The Reach" as my favourite single track (it makes me cry every time I listen to it)...me a 45 year old father! And that's the message I want to send, your music is a "living legacy" to the world. You will always be part of that "circle" that runs "ever on". God bless you. With tears in my eyes, may you make a full recovery and have a long & bountiful future.....and please come down to OZ....I'll be first in line for your first concert!! ~ Eric Horridge

We just want to say good luck. I am a cancer survivor and I know how hard it is to deal with it. We have been to 6 of your concerts in St. Louis and we are looking forward to seeing you in concert again. You are in our prayers. God bless you and your family. ~ Joan

Dear Dan, I send you my heartfelt blessings and best wishes for a full and speedy recovery. You have touched my family in ways you will never know. Your music was introduced to me by my sister in 1976, who decided in 1977 to leave this world on her own accord, she was only 18. At that time the Nether Lands Album was released and your profound lyrics gave us a certain comfort to our unanswered questions, as you wrote: "One road was simple acceptance of life , the other road offered sweet peace, when I made my decision my vision became my release". God bless you and your family - stay well. ~ Becky, Atlanta, Georgia

Hi Dan, I was looking at George Gruhn's site and noticed some of your old guitars for sale - when I mentioned it to my wife, she told me about your illness. I died after heart surgery almost 5 years ago. They opened me up again in my bed, and squeezed my heart to keep me going until they could get me back on the bypass pump again. It was a long, painful and very difficult recovery, but I'm back. When the therapy feels like it can't possibly be worth it, those are the days you just have to dig a little deeper, and remember all the things that are still there, just waiting for you to discover. I''ve been playing guitar for 35 years, and have performed a few of your songs many times. For some strange reason, that makes this disease of yours personal. "This breath is my first, it will all too soon be my last." Not yet, Dan. Best wishes, ~ Bob Rich

Hi, Dan: We were sorry to hear about your illness. On the other hand, we are POSITIVE that
you are going to come through this just great. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. ~-Dick and Jeanie Mendenhall

It seems silly to post this message to you Dan, because I know you have more important issues to attend now then to read this, however I felt compelled to type this anyway. I have been a big fan of yours since the 70's so now you have some indication of my age. I am a schoolteacher and have used your music in my class for years when the kids do their silent reading...if I fail to put it on, they ALWAYS remind me. Also, I am the father of two daughters, 11 and 9. It was your song "To the Morning" that inspired them to begin piano lessons 5 years ago. They both said that was the prettiest song they ever heard and wished they could play it. I said you could with hard work and dedication like Dan Fogelberg, they asked if they could take piano lessons and of course my wife and I immediately said yes. Dan I thank you for the music you have shared with me and my family over the years and I wish you all the best in a speedy recovery. I look forward to seeing you on the road, as I always see you in Las Vegas and I travel to Humphrey's in San Diego whenever you are there.

All the best to someone who has always been there for me through his music and his life. In an e-mail to me the other day, a friend of mine, going through some tough times, reminded me that "lessons learned are like bridges burned, you only need to cross them but once". You've touched so many hearts -- I hope all of our good wishes will touch and heal you. Thanks, ~ Kathi

Dan, You are in my thoughts and prayers. Your music has touched my heart for many years and I have introduced your music to my 14 year old daughter. Thank you for living in our hearts and souls through your music. May you have a speedy recovery. Love, Laughter and Light Always, ~ Robin

Dan Fogelberg, I just adore you!! Your music is as complete as it gets. Like all great artists, you seem able to create masterpieces so effortlessly that we all wonder why we can't do it ourselves. With each new release, we are never sure what we are going to hear. Will it be powerful, touching, gut-wrenchingly painful, thought-provoking, reflective, inspiring, or simply entertaining? Yes, alll of that and more. You take risks. You stand for something. You can sing. You can perform. You're a master at the guitar (and who knows how many other instruments). Your writing is second to none. I know you've heard it all before, and that's not the reason for this posting. I just want to take the opportunity to thank you for sharing your gift with us for all these years. And to wish you all the strength. peace, and serenity you need for this fight. My prayers and thoughts are with you! ~ Nina, Atlanta

Your music inspires me, as it always has, as I recover from my own surgery. Hang in. ~ Linda

Dear Dan and Jean, Thank you for your music. May God bless you in His plan and purpose. Dan, you are my absolute favorite artist, and my wife and kids (now grown) could tell you stories about my dedication to you that would make you (and I) blush. I own at least one of every album you've ever published (including the box set), with High Country Snows being my all time favorite and of course Innocent Age being a close second. I have traveled from my home in New Orleans to distant towns to see you in concert and perhaps, a chance to meet, which has not happened. "Leader of the Band", "Longer", "Same Old Lang Syne" and "The Reach" are just a few of the songs that I love and cherish. I even have a limited songwriting and recording career myself, which I have modeled in large part to your work. I believe that this may be the ultimate tribute to you. Words, here, are just not adequate to describe the heartfelt gratitude that I have for Dan. You've given me a gift that I never can repay. To the best friend that I've never met, I wish you and Jean all the best.May the Good Lord be with you , give you comfort and a speedy recovery. With much love, ~ Dennis Berner, New Orleans, LA

Dear Dan, Sorry to hear that you are sick but want you to know there are many people who are thinking of you and wish you the best in your fight. You need to hang in there and be strong, your family and fans still need you! God Bless You, ~ Brenda & Joe

Dan, Your music has touched my soul since the first time I heard the first bar of the first cut of Home Free. We here in Jackson, Mississippi were among the first to genuinely appreciate your work, and we still do. Hang tough!! ~ Linda

Dan, You and you family, your friends, and many fans are in my thoughts and prayers. You song "Leader of the Band" was a touching tribute to a father in an era that said to not trust the preceding generation It has a tenderness that still makes me misty eyed. ~ Robert, Charleston, SC

Dan, Where does one find the words! You are the one with this wonderful gift of words and music! You have been an inspiration to me over the years and obviously many others! My thoughts and prayers are with you and Jean at this difficult time. May you find the strength to fight your battle in music, heart, spirit, in your family's love and the love of so many others as you have stated "sitting out there in the dark"! I wish you a full recovery. It was good to read that you were able to journey to your beloved Maine. ~ Shelley

Dear Dan: My husband and I have attended every concert you have had at Red Rocks. You are a magical performer and singing along with your songs is a kind of spiritual connection. I believe in the power of the prayers and energy that are coming your way. Good luck to you in this journey. Let the healthcare team give to you all of their wisdom and expertise but never be afraid to ask questions! We wish you speedy recovery. ~ Cassandra and James Wood

Dan, I was shocked and saddened last week when I read of your illness. I hope and pray that you'll be with us for a lot longer. It's funny we've never met, but you've touched me so. I brought you into my life where you're tied to memories you don't share. That's technology for you. You were wonderful on Sound Stage, which I just saw last Friday night and enjoyed immensely. I'm listening to "A Love Like This" right now, truly one of the most beautiful love songs ever written (from the fabulous River of Souls CD). Thank you so much for your wonderful music and all the pleasure you've brought to all of your fans. May God comfort both you and your family as you go through this ordeal. You're a sensitive, thoughtful and talented man with lots more music to write. And when you release your next CD, I promise you I'll buy it. ~ Karen Krusseff, Mesa, AZ

Dear Dan: A CONCERT STORY - I went to the University of Maryland during the early 80's. You played at Cole Field House (which has been replaced with the Comcast Center). I was lucky to land 3rd row seats. I stood in line for quite awhile. I was also lucky enough to get to take this beautiful, young lady. Unfortunately for her I was hypnotized by your concert. The only two words I said were "wow!" and "damn!" and those words were not even directed to her. It was the first time I had seen you do your acoustic concert. My date lived over in Virginia. She appreciated me fighting the Beltway rush hour traffic to take her, but she also let me know how I had paid her no attention to her. I thought I was in for a thanks but no thanks as far as dating her again. Instead, she laughed (I think she saw my face of deep concern) and told me how much she enjoyed your music. She also said she had never had so much fun watching someone's tongue hanging out. She claimed that even though my butt was in the 3rd row, my tongue was on stage with you. Thanks for the music and the memories. ~ Paul Larson, Ashburn, VA

I recently heard of your illness and want you to know that I will be praying for your recovery. You have provided me and my family with endless entertainment over the years and your songs have spiritually touched me. God Bless you and your family during this difficult time. ~ Marie

Dan, Hope things get better real soon for you and Jean. Miss not being able to think about going to a DF concert someplace out here in the Washington, DC area. Let's hope that show is only a matter of a few months away. Take care, and best wishes. ~ Len Jaffe, Springfield, VA

This is the first of many, many more happy birthdays that I plan on wishing to you Dan. My dream is to shake your hand, and thank you for creating music that makes the tough times more bearable, and the good times more sweeter. I am truly blessed to have been in the first row for your Soundstage performance, and your Skyline Navy Pier performance. I can't wait for the day when I see " Dan Fogelberg announces new tour dates!" Fall 2005? I know I'll be there. One sweet day! ~ Patrick Guinee Oak Lawn, IL

Dan, I don't know much about you or who you really are in life. What I do know is that your music has touched my life as well as my father's. My father has never been a talkative man and has always been quiet, and thoughtfully deep. My father and I lead very different lives today and one of the things that has brought us together at times has been your music. Not just at one specific time but throughout our lives. I remember listening to you when my father had a greater appreciation of music in general and as a child I listened to you to connect with my father. I listen to your music now to remember that connection and after hearing the news that you might be struggling with cancer you have come up again in our lives as a subject of conversation. My wife's father died of cancer many years ago before treatment was available. She understands as well. My father has always been the "leader of the band" and I'm sure Ihave not told him I love him near enough. I can only hope to be as good a father as mine. I have a two year old daughter and I struggle every day to become the father he was to me and my brother. I wish you well and encourage you to fight like hell to recover. The world needs more music like yours. Thank you Dan. Respectfully ~ David Brinson

Dear Dan, You have enriched my life, lifted my spirits, and cleansed my soul since the '70's. I have seen you many times in Atlanta and I will be waiting to see you again.Stay positive and be strong. All my best ~ Carole Fisher, Marietta, Ga.

Dearest Dan, I listen to you and my knees buckle and my heart sings. I am mesmerized by the gift God has given you. This is a time of learning, don't waste a minute of it. Dan, you and Jean will gain wisdom and strength beyond your imagination. Wrap your ams around your wife and your healing will begin. I'll wait for my heart to palpitate again when you come back around to Westbury Music Fair.Your biggest fan waiting for your return. May God bless you, Jean and your family. Love ~ Lisa Foster, Southampton, LI

Dear Dan - Your music and lyrics have been a source of inspiration to me over the years. I can still remember sitting on the boardwalk in Ocean City, Maryland, back in the summer of 1975 and playing one of my favorite songs of yours, "Part of the Plan", on my guitar. I sang "Longer" at several weddings these past couple of decades. You truly are a gifted musician and a wonderful person. My wife and I are praying for a speedy recovery as you battle prostate cancer. Hang in there - we love you! ~ Mark Hubbard, New Market, Maryland

Hi. My high school chorus teacher introduced me to your music. I was 16 in the time. She was a young and very inspiring person. The first song of yours she played for me was "Longer." Being the sentimental fool that I am, that song put a knot in my stomach, and here, some 24 years later, listened again, and I still have that same knot. I am praying for you and your family that you will have successful treatments, and if you should happen to come to North Carolina during your next tour, I'll buy a ticket and go to my first concert ever. ~ Denise, Durham, NC

I wish you a speedy recovery and I want you to know I'm praying for you every day. This is a world that needs Dan Fogelberg in it so get well soon! ~ Quenton Burge Jr.

Best wishes for a speedy, complete recovery. Your music has been an inspiration to so many, including a college kid who still remembers hearing "Home Free" for the first time back in the early '70s! I still listen to it frequently when I need a lift. Thanks for a lifetime of great music and I look forward to much more! ~ Thomas K. Hubbard

Dan - Best wishes to you and your family on beating this illness. I have been a fan since Home Free and remember seeing you and Joe Walsh guesting with the Eagles in Jersey City....seems so long ago and unimportant now. Here is now and best wishes on a complete recovery. ~ John

Dan, though this is a difficult time during your life's journey, may you draw strength from the thoughts and prayers of countless individuals who have been touched by your songs and storytelling throughout the years. You have been blessed with a tremendous talent and the ability of sharing that talent in a way that touches our hearts in a lasting way. Your father also had a special talent for sharing his music with young people, and my family personally has benefitted from that through the years. "Old Fogey" taught my brothers and sister in Pekin, Illinois, in the early 1960s. One brother still plays the French Horn in a community band, and my daughter followed in his footsteps, playing the horn throughout college and later playing in the community band with her uncle. I just recently heard of your diagnosis, and as I was singing along with you during my drive to Illinois this weekend, I decided to visit your website and join the many other loyal fans in wishing you strength, love, and comfort during your treatment and recovery process. ~ Carol Mathes, Savannah, MO

Dear Dan, I am a big fan of your music and lyrics. I am a cancer survivor of nine years. I had breast cancer at 42 years old with two young children. I know for a fact that prayer works, and I will put you on my church's prayers list and in my prayers each and every night. Music was a great comfort and relaxation during my chemo. Be around positive people and keep positive thoughts. If it is God's will, you can and will prevail. I feel we all have a purpose to be here and you have not yet fulfilled yours. Keep your beautiful music coming, for in giving to others, you will receive your just rewards ten fold. God be with you and your family. ~ Deborah Vasko

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. As with many others, your music has been an inspiration to me for many years. Let me thank you for all the pleasure and happiness you have brought to me through both my happiness and sadness-your music got me through the good and bad and I hope that you know many of us are looking forward to your speedy recovery and rescheduling of your fall tour. I have seen you in concert over the years and you just keep getting better. You are the leader of the band.~ Randee Schatz-Florida

Dan, Just recently learned of your health travails, and I wish you a speedy recovery. Growing up in Ireland, there were a alot of DJ's on the radio who introduced us to North American artists, good singer-songwriters, like James Taylor, Harry Chapin, Andrew Gold, Nicolette Larson, America, Seals & Crofts...and Dan Fogelberg. I know that "Missing You" was in heavy rotation at one point, and what a beautifully evocative song it is. It remains one of my favourite songs, along with "Leader of the Band", "Same Old Lang Syne", and "Run for the Roses". You're probably not even aware just how much you're loved in Ireland. In the deluge of facile, crass, negative 'music' which afflicts the airwaves now, your music legacy is a perennial joy which will give pleasure long after the dross is sluiced away. ~ KG Jennings.

Dan - My husband and I recorded your Soundstage performance taped last year on our local PBS station - it was very enjoyable, thank you! Our prayers continue for your speedy recovery. We look forward to when you are feeling better and can come back to see us on tour again - make sure you include Connecticut! ~ Love from Connecticut

Dan-I just want you to know what an enormous impact you've made in my life. As a freshman in college, I was introduced to your music and had a heck of a time trying to "order" your album at that time. I hate to admit this, but I was even a "groupie" following you from concerts in Cincinnati to Indianapolis in the middle of the night. My friend even had "fun" with one of your roadies. Wow, that seems like eons ago (I guess it really was!). Your music has always helped me when I needed an emotional boost, a time for reflection, or a time to just sing along with you. Now, I'm 50, recently divorced, children grown and out of the house, and your music is still there to refresh memories, brighten a gloomy day and maybe help shed a tear or two if I need to.I'm devastated to hear about your illness. You are in my thoughts and my prayers. My faith has been tested so much lately, but I do believe in the power of prayer and hope that my prayers will help in some way. Please know what an impact you've made in my life and I know others'. You are truly a gift of God. Peace be with you and your wife. ~ Cindy Brennecke from Houston,Tx

I am so saddened to hear of your illnes. Although my faith is an unconventional melange of beliefs I have no doubt that the good karma from the joy and inspiration you have put out into the world through your beautiful music will be returned to you by the love from your fans. What illness could survive such an onslaught of tremendous love? If humor can help lighten your days, I'll remind you of a funny moment in your life. The first time I saw you was in Louisville, KY at a small college. As you came onstage and went to sit on your chair you started to laugh heartilly. There was a can of lima beans placed there by your crew. You had to explain that you had told them that when you were a child you hated lima beans and one day got into a contest of will with your mother. She would not let you leave the table until you ate them. You intractably refused. She would not relent. So she finally put them in a blender and made you drink them! I hope remembering that will give you a laugh today. I remember that concert so well. I was with someone I love so much, the music and that night seemed to glow and exist on a higher level. It is one of my most treasured memories. I also had another stellar experience when you performed at an outdoor theater in Indianapolis, IN. I was so moved by the fact that I was able to take a friend who had never been to a concert and wasn't familiar with your music. He and I were transported with your music. The evening was also heightened by the outdoor setting where a tall, large pine tree and the hanging moon echoed the cover of "Nether Lands". I have seen you many other times and have never been disappointed. Please believe that the love and integrity of your work that you put out into the world will return to you to help you battle and win against the cancer. Thank you for all the glowing, intense memories and joy you have given me. ~ Trish Haley

Dear Dan...I will take from the Reach all that she has to teach to the depths of my soul! Your gift of inner reflection has become one of my life's mottos! Thank you for searching your soul and sharing it with us. I am a better person because of the gifts you have freely shared. May God bless and keep you as you take from the Reach! Peace upon you and your wife. With my respect and prayers, I remain grateful to you always...~ John

So what I'm seeing here is amazing, this private man, one sitting many days high atop some remote mountain has quite a few people who consider him a very important and close friend and or loved one. I guess it's true what they say about be careful what you ask for. You asked people to listen, and obviously we have, and then some. I could write about how your music inspires me to be slightly more thoughtful and well mannered in life, but that isn't as important as telling you how your music makes memories Dan. Every person you've touched with this gift is blessed with memories of someone they know nothing of on a personal level, yet still those memories haven't faded, they survive, and nothing can change that, your footprints are all over our lives.

I've heard your singing since you were a teenager, and I was in grade school from my aunts 45's bought when you were a teenager in a band, heck they probably still have them. The same hallways at high school were travelled 7 years apart, but not important in the reasoning for my being a Dan fan. It all boiled down to one afternoon with my 3 yr old son in his car seat singing "Go Down Easy" on the way to his first Dan concert at Irvine Meadows. His eyes when you came out and opened with that song, the tears in his eyes, there are no words to tell you how you've engraved in my life a memory that is beyond priceless by any standard. He's now 6'6'' and 23 yrs old, and still knows that song and how it left his Dad ever in your debt for such a touching sight and memory.

Fight with all your heart and soul for your future, for the love in your life, you both deserve happiness and a life of joy and my best wishes for success in both. I've witnessed 3 times serious Cancer in family members and lost 2 out of 3 of the battles. The successful situation was heartbreaking at times, when he was so sick all he could keep down was baby food, but he came out of terminal cancer with a 3 month life span calculation to 15 years life, Cancer free. Anything is possible if you want it enough, if you are willing to take it on, and fight for yourself. Respect yourself, be yourself, if you feel sorry for yourself, never let it rule the last thought of the day, and always keep your chin up while you accept what happens to be the outcome with the absolute knowledge that there can never be a day when what you've done to touch the life of other human beings on this old rock will be forgotten. You've written yourself into the history of our lives, and our lineage will be constantly reminded you are here, you made differences, and you stood proud of the mark you made with a talent you were blessed with. Thanks Dan, I mean it, thanks. The Creator made you, made you to create, and that sir, you have done with dignity and style. May that continue at will for you and those around you. Best wishes, to say the least Dan, better days to say the obvious, and caring in the most trying of times is always here with those that care. Your creation was a blessing to mankind, and of that I'm absolute in belief of. Remember, smile every day, it makes the world a brighter place. ~ RN

Hey Man! Long time no see! Best wishes on a full and speedy recovery.~ Todd Bradshaw

Hello Dan, H. F. Amiel wrote," heroism is the brilliant triumph of the soul over the flesh, that is to say over fear, fear of poverty, of suffering, of calumny, of illness, of loneliness and of death. There is no real piety without heroism. Heroism is the dazzling and glorious concentration of courage." The souvenir coffee mug from your 30th Anniversary Tour sits on my desk...tonight it toasts to your recovery, your courage, and to the celebration of the many lives you have touched. Love and Blessings ~ Tess

Dan & Jean - My wife is also battling cancer. We find strength and comfort in many ways, your music is an integral part of that comfort. For that we say thank you and bless you. May the healing energy of the great spirit surround you in the white light and flow through you and give you strength, health and love as you walk upon this spirit trail. ~ Kenn Freeman - Upstate New York

Hope, love and serenity are what you have given fans for many years. They are now returned to you. God speed...~ Tim and Pat

I've just now rediscovered the profound talent and soulfulness of your music. I remember being a kid in Dayton, Ohio and uncovering your albums from a used record store and being so deeply moved. Your songs have traveled with me to Chicago and beyond and have been like a steady friend through many changes. Thanks for the sounds and inspiration, my thoughts and prayers go to you and your family. ~ Steve Taylor

Dan, Although I had a number of your albums back in the days of vinyl, I must confess I did not made the transition to CDs. Not that an explanation is needed, but I started high school in '79 and got caught up in New Wave and big hair. Tonight I happened upon your PBS concert and was instantly taken back to my roots. I'm originally from Metamora, NE of Peoria. I listened to your music growing up and especially loved Souvenirs. A thrilling childhood moment was when I discovered your dad judged my oboe solo during the solo & ensemble contest held at ICC when I was in 6th or 7th grade. I remember running back to the room I'd played in, my body shaking nervously, and approaching your dad to tell him how much I enjoyed your music. I'm sure I was a goofy sight as I professed my love! I didn't get a first place ranking, but have always been proud my playing was judged by the Leader of the Band! Although my reaction was not very dignified, I hope he took my silly school girl crush in stride. I wasn't any more dignified in during the fall of '79 when a friend of mine and I tried repeatedly to get a response from your tour bus as it sat in Champaign/Urbana. We were high school freshmen attending a marching band competition at U of I. You probably weren't even in the bus, but if you have a foggy memory of two teenage girls in marching band uniforms acting like fools outside your bus, I was one of them! I'm sorry to hear you're struggling with cancer and wish you the best. You've touched many lives. ~ Chris in Jones, MI

Dan and family,Your music has touched me greatly throughout the past few decades, and I've also been very fortunate to see you in concert at many of your venues. The news of your illness has touched me as well, and I wish you constant faith, strength, and peace in your steadfastness towards renewed health. My wishes are for you and those who love you, as well. I look forward to seeing and hearing your incredible musical talents again, in the not-so-distant future. God bless you all. Long-time fan ~ Cara

Dan, I am 52, and to say you influenced my life would be a gross understatement. I have all your albums from the 70s and 80s. I have recently been trying to catch up with your more recent works. Having always wanted to see you live in concert, I enjoyed your DVD, "Live: Greetings From The West". Believe it or not I was introduced to your music while I was serving in the Navy as an aviator and had landed on the Portuguese island of Lajes for fuel on our way to Europe to fly support to our troops around the Med. I will never forget that experience and your music has been a part of life ever since. You have touched so many with your ability to capture life and put it into words and music. Your unique voice performed these songs like no other could. After watching your concert on DVD, I jumped on the Internet to track down more of your music and sadly discovered you are fighting prostate cancer. I was compelled to write this message to add my prayers to you and your loved ones. I'm being a little selfish here, as I said before it has always been my wish to see you perform live. It was because of your song, "Leader Of The Band", that I was able to tell my father what he meant to me before he passed away in August of 2001. The events of 9/11 followed my father's death tipping our world upside down. I have found faith and strength from music throughout my life and your works have always topped my list. The world needs more artists like you to help strengthen our resolve and reinforce our faith in mankind in these uncertain times. God Bless you and may you achieve a full recovery. ~ Captain Carl Panke, Delta Air Lines

Dan: I only just now learned of your fight with cancer. My prayers, and those of my friends who are also your fans here on the East Coast, are with you. Your music has inspired us for years and we only hope that the words and thoughts of your fans will equally inspire you to a full recovery. We await the music that comes fom this experience as much as we have awaited all of your prior songs. All of our best to you and your family. ~ East Coast fans

Dear Dan ~ It has been nearly one month since I heard the news of your battle with cancer. I have wanted to write sooner, but haven't been able to bring myself to that point. But here I am today -- writer's block and tears aside. My heart sunk that day I heard the news and as so many of my fellow Dan fans have said, Ever on! We know you will win this battle with a little help from your friends in the form of love, support and prayers and the help of one mightier than us all! He will carry you through this, of that I have no doubt. My fiance and I are both cancer survivors going on 12 years now and if we can do it, so can you! Treatments out there today are so much more advanced than they were then and we are very pleased to hear you are getting the very best as you deserve nothing less. Maintain a positive attitude as difficult as it is often the key to winning this fight. I believe you have have a guardian angel up there in the form of a Heavenly Leader of the Band. Lean on your father during these challenges that you currently face and those that lie ahead. He too, will watch over you and help keep you safe, determined to fight and healthy! We are both life-long, devoted Dan fans and your music and beautiful lyrics have carried us both through some of the most difficult challenges in our lives. Lean on your own wisdom found in your music and I know it will do the same for you! We saw you in Columbus last summer and it was amazing. We know we will see you out there again soon, but in the meantime, we have the SoundStage -- another breathtaking performance. God Bless you, Dan, and God Bless you, Jean. Looking forward to bright, healthy days ahead! Love and prayers ~ Dusty and Drew

Dan, After having survived breast cancer for the last 8 years (4 reoccurances!) I can truly tell you, it's been a blessing to me rather than a curse. Looking back, my life was spent worrying about the dumbest things (like, would I get tickets to the next Fogelberg concert - psych)! Thank God He let me start going through this when I had just turned 40. There have been many, many dark moments spent in total despair, but faith is the only thing that has seen me through. I had to be taught to follow Him - my shallow way wasn't heading in the right direction. I guess what I'm trying to say is, know that you are in the palm of His hand and He is in control of everything. God bless you Dan. ~ Yvonne Wallace

Dan, My college years were flooded with the sound of your music. During that time, while grieving the loss of my mother, faith brought me strength and your music brought me comfort. "Longer" filled the sanctuary when my husband and I got married 25 years ago. In celebration of our 25th anniversary, I was planning to surprise him with tickets to one of your concerts in New Jersey. We will wait until the fall tour is transformed into the recovery tour and will be thrilled to see you perform again. I believe that prayer moves the hand of God and I plan to kneel before the Lord of Heaven and Earth, asking for his mighty hand to bring healing swiftly and completely into your life. Blessings to you! ~ Lynne Godley Cucco, Flemington, NJ

Dear Dan, I have been a fan of you and your music since the 70's. You have been blessed with a beautiful talent, to make people smile with your songs. You make us all think about what is important in the world today: love, kindness, caring and being true to yourself. And for that alone I am truly thankful. We have all been blessed to hear you over the years, and I know we will continue to be blessed for many years to come. I cannot imagine a day without listening to at least one of your songs, and waiting with such anticipation for your next CD or concert. I still have all of my old "albums" and will never get rid of them, even though I have re-purchased them in CD form. I know what you and your family are facing now; my father too had prostate cancer. You and your family will be in my prayers. Please know that a strong faith in our Almighty will keep you and your family safe and calm through these hard times. God Bless you Dan, Jean and family, we all love you ~ Dee Osborne

Dan, I feel as if I know you, I have listened to your music for years and playing the guitar myself have learned to play several of your songs, although obviously not with the virtuoso that you play with. My girlfriend and I finally got to see you play at the Wolftrap Amphitheatre near Washington DC. which was one of the high points in my life. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. ~ Tom in D.C.

Dan, You have always been my all time favorite and my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. My husband has been in remission from Multiple Myeloma for 8 years now and I believe it is because of his positive attitude and, of course, the love of a good woman. ~ Debbie

Dan, Here's wishing you a speedy and full recovery! I'm a old fan from Fort Worth, Texas who really appreciates all the great music, Your songs bring back many memories. Keep your spirits up and may God bless you and your Family. Sincerely ~ Kent May

Dan, Thank you for providing the soundtrack of most of my adult life. In the best of times your music was cause for many smiles and hugs. When things were rocky, it provided the sound of solace and hope. I wish for you and your family the best and for the rest of us the hope that you will again provide smiles and tears of joy. ~ Kevin Fitzpatrick

Dan, My father, at age 73, is completing his radiation therapy for prostate cancer and his prognosis is excellent. May God bless you and heal you.Thanks for the music over the past 30 years. It has inspired and touched me. Sincerely ~ Martin Grove

Dan: I wanted to say that I love your music so much. That's really an understatement. No music, no one, has touched me as powerfully as your music and you have touched me. I'm pained by the news of your disease, and I pray to our Father that you come through this all the more strong. The world needs you. "May the trail rise up to meet you...as you lead us ever on." ~ Leslie in WA

Dan, I am sorry to hear the news, I know that as always, you will overcome this with the same resolve and strength that you have always shown. Your music has touched the lives of so many, I have been able to share that with my parents, family and friends and can't wait until your next endeavors. God bless you and your family. ~ Paul

Dear Dan, May all the love, comfort and support that your music has provided all your fans over the years come back to you tenfold to heal you. You are in my daily prayers. Stay strong and positive. Love ~ Donna

My prayers are with you and your family. Your music has always warmed my soul; may peace be with you. ~ Pat from Southern Maryland

My husband and I met and fell in love when your song "Longer" was a hit, so you have a very special place in our hearts and memories. I wish the best for you and a speedy recovery. You have given great joy to many people through your music. I hope there will be much more music in your future. Prayers to you and your family. ~ Carol

Dearest Mr. Fogelberg, My thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time. I wish you a very speedy recovery - and please know how much you and your music are cherished in our home and in our hearts. Best Wishes ~ Lauren Kesten

Dear Dan, When I was a freshman at the University of Illinois I thought it was neat that I lived across the hall from the dorm you lived in when you were there. I played Home Free and Souvenirs almost every night and fell in love with your words. I've carried your music with me almost every day of my life since then. I take it on camping trips, airplanes and in the car. Your voice and your message is part of the fabric of my life. You have helped me through some very tough times, brought sunshine to some dark days, and made the bright days even brighter. I thank you for every word, every note and every performance I have enjoyed over the years. I marvel at your gift and willingness and courage to share it with all of us. I pray for your complete recovery and look forward to sitting in your 'concert' living room again and bting enveloped by your talent. ~ Todd, Champaign, IL

Dear Dan, Hope that your feeling better soon. You are in my thoughts and in my prayers. My 8 year old son and I listen to "Full Circle" every night when we go to bed. I wish you a fast and speedy recovery! God Bless You! Sincerely ~ John F. Cavanaugh

Dan: I have followed your career since we both lived in our "beloved" Allen Hall. You were there about two years before I, but I remember the days of The Red Herring, Bubbie and Zadies, Treno's, Papa Del's, and of course all the other places that made Champaign-Urbana special. You have brought me much happiness with your music, and your relationship and writing about your dad, reminded me often of my dad, who also encouraged me in my dreams.My family and I pray that you have peace, an abiding faith, and comfort during this challenging time. How blessed you are to be surrounded by friends and family who love you so much. God bless you and keep you. Thank you for the gift of music, art, song, and imagery you have brought to all of us. Sincerely ~ Tasha Federinko - Hickory Corners, Michigan

To Dan and your family, Your voice and the soul of your music have provided the soundtrack for my life. The Great Physician is always on call - he's only a prayer away. You will be in our prayers. God bless. ~ From Indiana.

Dear Dan, I wish you nothing but the best in your recovery. Your music has always helped me get through the tough times. It has always been a lifelong dream of mine to meet you in person and see you in concert. You are now and always will be my favorite musical artist! You've made a difference in my life. Love & Prayers ~ John C.

Dear Dan, family and friends, My thoughts and prayers are with you. I hope you feel stronger each day. I listened to your music in the 70's and have one of your CD's. When my dad died suddenly a few years back my husband took our two girls out for awhile and I listened to your CD.Iit made me feel better and brought back alot of good memories. Thank-you. Take care ~ Gina

Dear Dan --You are in my thoughts every day as I pray for your complete recovery. But I can't shake a nagging incident and it prompts my need to write. The most recent time my husband and I saw you in concert was June 2003 and we traveled from Louisville KY to see you in Hilton Head--what a perfect reason to visit a beautiful place! We were thrilled that the stormy skies subsided in time for the outdoor show at the tennis facility (a strange venue, indeed) but were so put off by the crowd that I just had to write to apologize. The folks lucky enough to get the corporate tables in front of the stage treated the event like a raucous, private party while the rest of the audience tried intently to enjoy your performance. You seemed to handle the environment quite well, but I wanted you to know that there were true fans at that show who knew you deserved better. You've been such an important musical influence to both my husband and me, so much so that I walked down the aisle to "Paris Nocturne", and we've respected your work for so long. May you find the strength to fight and heal. We look forward to your next concert! All the best to you and your family.~ Christine

Though your albums and music played a part in my earlier life, the appreciation of your talents and efforts remain. Please get well soon and know that I have not forgotten what you have done for me. Sincerely ~ Daniel D. Tully

Dan, this world is so much a better place with you and your music in it. You have always projected an aura of serenity and wisdom beyond the years. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and in your recovery, as well as your loved ones.Peace and strength. ~ Steve

Dan,Your music has brought so much joy to my life and brought me thru some terrible times, so I have faith , it will for you and your loving family. Love ~ Sherry

Dan, I wish blessings and love for you and all who are around you...I will keep you in my prayers and visualize healing and bright light around you always. Your music has helped me through some sad times in my life, as well as been there to celebrate happy times...Your music has given me hope. I have been a fan of yours since high school, and I am 47 now. Thank you for all the wonderful times your music has touched my life.~ Nancy Kimball

Dan: I was a bit distressed to hear of your fight. I want you to know that your music, like so many other people, has gotten me through high and low times. You have made me think, cry, look into me, and dance. I will pray for you because that's all I can do. ~ Ginny

Dear Dan, I want you to know that I am a teacher at a Catholic school and I have asked my students to pray for you on a regular basis. My father had prostate cancer three years ago and surgery assisted him because he is cancer free today. My Dad's brother is currently undergoing treatment for prostate cancer as well. I truly understand what you and your family are going through at this moment. I would like to tell you that I have been a fan of yours since I was 13 years old and I just turned 40 on August 13th. You have inspired me through your music over the years and I pray that you will be blessed with healing.
I will continue to pray for you with my students throughout the school year. Respectfully ~ Michele

Really hope you turn face to the sun. Good thoughts to you and your family. ~ Chris

Dear Dan: Starting in the late 1970's I came to know and love your music. In college I worked at a summer camp for kids. This was in 1978 and 1979. Your song, "To The Morning" became a theme for our camp, the love of our kids and probably most of all for myself. During those warm summer days and nights sharing the love of the outdoors and the growing love of the children your music was always a great part of the experience. It seemed to just bring the counselors, staff and kids together. The days and nights of those two summers seemed to go on forever. We sang and played your music. To this day they are still the most unforgetable summers and I often reflect back to those days inspired by you and your music. I only wish I could do those days justice in my words.

Over the years I waited with much excitement for your "next" album. I cannot explain how your music has got me through the good and bad times of my life. I have to let you know I wore out two vinyl copies of Home Free and one cd. It was around 1983-84 that I was first able to see you in concert. It was in Boston while you were touring with the Desert Rose Band. It was fantastic! I have had the pleasure to see you 8 times since and once you were even in my home town of Williamsport, Pa.I was late to marry the love of my life and I introduced my wife Bobbie to your music. As I had always imagined we danced our first dance to "To The Morning". Someday I will hear you sing that song. We have since had a son and daughter together. I sing your songs to both (although very off key) and if you could see the smiling face of a 3 month and 2 year old it would make your heart melt.

When I heard of your illness it was like a member of my own family becoming ill. You've been an inspiration to me and now my family. I want to wish you the very best and let you and your wife know you are in our thoughts and prayers. My wife even asked the other day if I heard anything about Dan? Someday soon I will get to hear you sing "To The Morning". Thank you for your time, inspiration and sharing your gift of music and words. We will keep a watchful eye on your progress and keep you in our heart and prayers. With deepest respect and admiration ~ Steve and Bobbie Kelchner

Dear Dan and family: Yesterday at guitar lessons with my wife, I learned of Dan's illness. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. I cannot tell you how many times I have listened to your wondrous music over the last 30 years. It is timeless, as are you. Stay well. ~ Tony from Minneapolis.

Dear Dan, I have so many memories tied to your music and am forever grateful to one of my best friends for introducing me to your Nether Lands album. I was fortunate to see you for the first time live at the Morris Theatre in South Bend, Indiana and was blown away by the performance. I didn't think I would hear my favorite of all your songs, "The Reach," because of all the orchestration, so I found myself crying when the opening notes of that song began. You have truly been blessed by God with your talents and thank you for sharing those talents with the world. We are all awaiting your recovery and remember that we are all with you in spirit. Love and best wishes ~ Lauren Conte

Dearest Dan, I am praying for your comfort during your treatments. Ponder anew - What the Almighty can do, He is our health and salvation ! Love in Christ ~ Annie St. Louis

Hi Dan, From a great fan in the Netherlands to a fantastic singer and musician: Get well soon so that one day you can make my dream come true and perform in the Netherlands. ~ Tony

Dan, I was an aspiring singer song writer and was playing for my cousin about 1970 and she asked if I had ever heard of you. I hadn't but she thought I sounded like you so I rushed out and bought "Home Free". I was hooked you have been my biggest influence in my writing style. You were the first concert my 20 year old son & I went to see together at the Greek Theatre and then the next year at the Sun Theatre. When I heard the news I have prayed for you daily. I pray that you are cured and find a relationship with Christ. I know your life is rich. I pray it's not short! ~ Ron Maxey

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I just know with the new research out there today you will recover soon, and be singing and playing your heart out to us fans who love you . ~ Peter and Marcy Marks from Houston Texas

Dear Dan, I pray for you every day. Every time I hear one of your songs, I am moved. I have seen you perform several times....the best time at Wolftrap in VA. I will never forget it. I wish you a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing you again. Love ~ Michelle

We are praying for a speedy recovery. You have brought so much joy to all of us and we now send you our best wishes and prayers in return. Thank you for the memories...and the inspiration. ~ Mary Ann Leasure

I wish you a speedy and complete recovery. I have felt as if I have known you for so much of your life; "Longer" was the song my husband and I danced to almost 25 years ago. I will keep you in my heart, and in my prayers. Toni Sheffield - Livonia,MI

Dan I've been a fan since I was fourteen and heard Souvenirs for the first time. My sister and I saw you last year when you came to our town in Connecticut. A nurse for 20 years, I know how difficult this time is for you and your loved ones and I am thinking of you and praying for the best outcome and I wanted to send along my expression of appreciation for all your poetry set to lovely music.~ Angela

Dear Dan ~ Although I have never met you and unfortunately have never had the privilege of seeing you perform live (I do however have your "Greetings from the West" DVD & album - along with all your albums) I therefore don't know you personally, but I do believe I know what you stand for.Over the years your music has touched my heart, it was part of my marriage ceremony, I played your songs on the days both my children were born,and I still look forward each day to hearing of any new material available from you.It was a great shock to hear of your illness when I logged onto your website on Saturday Sept 11th (another poignant day).I take comfort that as a child of the world, having been born in England, lived in South Africa for 25 years and now living in Australia that there are many stories of people with prostate cancer that continue to prosper. Desmond Tutu is just one, who 8-9 years ago had your diagnosis and continues travelling the world even today. A few months ago I conducted an experiment at my office with my staff as to what was their favourite music.On my own list of top 10 albums & songs...number 1 was "Innocent Age" with "The Reach" as my favourite single track (it makes me cry every time I listen to it)...me a 45 year old father!.And that's the message I want to send, your music is a "living legacy" to the world. You will always be part of that "circle" that runs "ever on". God bless you.With tears in my eyes, may you may a full recovery and have a long & bountiful future.....and please come down to OZ....I'll be first in line for your first concert!! ~ Eric Horridge

Dear Dan, You have given my wife, Jane, and I the gift of your music since we started dating in 1974, and have been together ever since. Now you have our prayers for a speedy recovery. Please get well soon and bring your band to the Westbury Music Fair on Long Island next spring. I know you will beat this. Warm Regards ~ Doug and Jane Preston

I'm praying for your healing and strength for you and your family. My family has also been touched by cancer. We had good days and bad days. So, while we might cry for a time, we also made sure to laugh. My personal prescription is to take one Marx Brothers movie (maybe a Day at the Races?) immediately followed by one dose of the Three Stooges. I found it most beneficial to laugh at anything and everything. You may want to have some "I Love Lucy" for dessert. Of course, Steve Martin, Bill Cosby, etc. are wonderful to listen to also.

Your music has been in my life for 30 years. I listen to it over and over again. It is always fresh and beautiful. I look forward to your next songs. Not many have your gift of music and poetry. So I want to thank you for all the wonderful hours of listening pleasure.My prayers and love to you and your family! ~ Teresa

Dan, If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it. Love ~ Susan

You have been an incredible inspiration as an artist for many years. My wife is in remission from an illness of similar proportions. She was first diagnosed in 1991. She is still with me here today. There is hope. There is great hope. Our prayers are with you, Mr. Fogelberg. ~ Jack W., Toledo, Ohio

Dan, Reading through these messages left by others, I realize that we have all been touched in ways that have shaped and changed lives. Your music has been part of me for as long as I can remember. Your lyrics gave me hope that there really are men out there that are able to be strong, spiritual, caring! You were my inspiration when I first picked up a guitar. I wish for you strength, passion, peace, and comfort. And I want to thank you for touching my life in such a positive way. ~ Fran Hollis

Dear Dan, All the best to you. I have been a fan ever since I was old enough to buy 45's. Remember them? Your music and musicianship has been an inspiration to me for most of my life....and helped me get through some difficult times. I wish you and your loved ones a return of all the joy and comfort your music has given. Here's to a speedy recovery! ~ Mark

Dan, I grew up with you in Peoria. You know me as Rick's sister. It was so interesting to read your bio, as it was also my practice to go to the river to meditate and contemplate my life. Like you, the river led me away from Peoria. I've followed your career since the release of "Part of the Plan" and saw you open for The Eagles when I lived in Chicago. You have blessed me all my life with the gifts you have always so willingly shared with us. I'm so sorry to hear about your diagnosis. You are in my thoughts and prayers for a complete and quick recovery. The world is a better place with Dan Fogelberg in it. ~ Terry

Dear Dan, it's touching to see the number of people who have expressed their prayers and good wishes for you and have shared different stories of how you have touched their lives. Each story is different yet we all share a special connection with you. Like many others, I too discovered you during my college years. It was my first semester and the girls in the room next to us played an album (your first) so loud we could clearly hear it in our room. I enjoyed listening to the beautiful voice and music every day for a week and I knew I had to find out who it was. When they told me, I remember saying "Dan who??" I had to write it down so I wouldn't forget it until I could get to the record store. You helped me get through some tough times in college and also happy times as well. Several years later when my husband and I were married I wanted Fogelberg songs in the wedding and he wanted Beatles, so we happily compromised and had both. It's wonderful to know that so many people are praying for you. I'm also praying that God's healing touch and comfort will be on you and your family. ~ Sherry from TN

Dan, My sincere wishes for a full recovery. Your music has been such a wonderful presence in my life for so many years now. My thoughts and prayers are with you, your family and friends as you fight this terrible battle. May God Bless You Always! Sincerely ~ Paula Waller

Dan, For the past quarter century and more, I've considered you my friend though we've never met. The lyrics of your songs echoed the events and sentiments of my life at times and always served to raise my spirits when I needed it most. At this time of struggle in your life I wish I could give to you the same comfort you have so often provided to me. But my friend, all I can offer to you is my prayers and my most sincere wishes for a speedy and complete recovery. I'll miss you this fall, but you rest for now and in my own way, you and I will celebrate again when next I see you. ~ Jeff in Indiana

As a child of the seventies, I can remember nights in my bedroom listening to your music on my transistor radio. Now that I've seen the better side of thirty, I often long for the days of little or no responsibility and to be taken back to this fun and innocent era. Your music always does this. I recently married my sweetheart and we both took a stroll down memory lane to your tune "Longer." We now consider it our official love song. You are quite the manipulator of words and have touched my life in a way that is beyond description. Thank you! I wish you a speedy recovery in addition to a long and healthy life. Thanks again for your passion and for sharing it with all of us. ~ Patrick L. Duncan

I just finished watching your concert on Soundstage, you are such an incredibly talented and gifted musician. Even though I have never met you or even seen a live concert I was saddened to hear of your illness and I wish you the very best as you go through your treatment. I wish for you and your family all of God's blessings. I will pray for you. Sincerely ~ Ellen Steiner

Dear Dan, I went with some friends to Colorado one summer. We met up with a friend, a member of our group had tickets to see some guy who was giving a concert to raise money for some senator. We went to this place that seemed like a gym. A man with a guitar and a piano came out and sang some songs from his new album. Several hours passed, I think we heard the whole album...Innocent Age was it's name. It was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. It was so pure and true. That's what music does...it takes you places you can't get without it. ~ Karen

Dan, my wife and I have been fans for years. I felt like I had the wind knocked out of me when I heard you were battling cancer. My dad had his prostate out about five years ago and so far all is well. We pray for your successful recovery. We live in the Albany-Saratoga NY area and saw you in concert at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center back in the late 80's I believe. We have been hoping you would come back to the area for a long time. "Longer" was our wedding song in 1985. I caught the tail end of your PBS special and hope it will air again so I can see the whole show. Thank you for so many years of great introspective and beautiful music. Our blessings and love to you and your family. ~ Duane and Mary

Dear Dan - I wish you well. My wedding vows are framed and hung in my bedroom where my wife and I can be reminded of what we promised nearly 18 years ago. They conclude with "You can believe in me" -- thank you for inspiring me with these words, and I hope my good thoughts can help you in some way. ~ Kirk

Hurricanes blow and I listen to you...blessings from Florida ~ Judi

Dear Dan, Your music has played such a major role in my life ever since I first set ears on "Home Free". I anxiously awaited each new release so I could rush home and get totally blown away by each and every cut on the LP, skin hurting from continuous waves of goose-bumps. Ticket stubs from a least a half-dozen of your concerts are pasted on the album jackets (remember album art?), and fond memories of many more. The 'Nether Lands' tour T-shirt I bought at Blossom Music Center still fits, though it's a bit faded now. As an amateur musician, I advanced my guitar and vocal skills (and wore out much vinyl) learning and performing your songs over the years. As my hometown (Normal, IL) is only ~30 miles from yours, I felt I knew you like a brother --separated at birth. But you are just a couple weeks younger than I. So, your news hit me no less than if a family member called me late a night. I ask all my good friends to pray to the Lord for your "Lance Armstrong-like" recovery from this 'bump in the road of life'. Sincerely ~ Joe

I just watched Sound Stage on public TV last night and decided I needed another live Fogelberg fix. I logged on to the web site to check out tour dates and I cannot express how shocked I am to find a notice about the cancer diagnosis. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers for a complete recovery. Thanks for your music all these years, I cannot tell you how much it has meant to my life. ~ Lori Elkhart, IN

The very best of wishes to you, Mr. Fogelberg. I became a fan in the fall of 1972, the same time I moved to Smyrna, Tennessee from Chicago. I have enjoyed your music so much over the last 32 years...it has been a part of my life along with the ups and downs. Within just the last week, it has played a very large part in my days. I've been talking to a friend of an ex-girlfriend, and we keep hitting on the same likes and dislikes and you know how wonderful it can be to find someone you have a lot in common with. Well, just a few days ago I mentioned that PBS had airedyour Soundstage performance, and her immediate and only response was " I love Dan Fogelberg !!!!!! " Yes, that of course made me smile immediately. Then, I came to find out how much the " Home Free " album meant to her (one of my favorites also ). So, you see what I mean about your music being a part of my life. But to cut this short, I sincerely wish the best for you and your family, and a speedy recovery. God bless. ~ Mike Zlotnicki, Pam Ashley

Hi Dan: Your lyrics literally saved my life. I pray that you will find strength and courage and healing through the love and prayers of us all. Love ~ Trish

I was shaken with the news, my friends and I have been life long fans of yours. You will recover I'm sure and go on to bring years of joy to all those who love you so. ~ Elaine, Houston, TX

Dear Dan, When I was 10 years old my Mom and I were driving cross country from New York to Florida and we were listening to what I guess was an 8 track which contained the song "Same Old Lang Syne." I asked my Mom to teach me the words cause I thought it was the most beautiful song I had ever heard, she did and we must have sang it at least a hundred times, making the trip much more enjoyable than I am sure it would have been, lol. My Mom passed away a few years ago and now even though I am 33 years old, I would have to say that was one of the most wonderful memories I have. So, Dan since you were there for me then, I would like to wish you all the best in the world and you will beat this. Your heart is pure and truly you are one of the most gifted musicians in the business. Best to you and your family. Please Get Well Soon, I know the world is not done listening to your beautiful songs. Very Sincerely ~ Amy Tosto

Dear Dan: I've read through many of your messages on this site & it seems most of your fans, myself included, have loved your music since the 70's, from the time we were teenagers and now we are in our 40's. What a tribute to your life! You have touched my life with your soulful music. You've been in my thoughts and prayers since I heard the news. I was very disappointed as I was excited to see you in concert in NJ in Oct. I wish you a speedy and complete recovery and hope to see you soon. ~ Denise, Somerville, NJ

When I read the news of your current challenge, I felt sad, angry and powerless. Your music has been a cornerstone of my life since about 1974 or so. I first saw you in concert in Houston and have enjoyed your concerts about six times since, over three decades. Geez, are we really that old? Well yes, I guess we are and I do know, we are wise, with all that experience. I received the miracle of sobriety 16 yrs ago and am praying for your miracle today. I'm proof, they do happen every day. Know that you are cared about and that with an open heart, you will get what you need. With respect ~ John, from Dallas.

Hi, my name is Carrie and I'm an alcoholic. I'm proud to say that I am now five and a half years sober. Your music has helped me through some very difficult times. I have admired you for years. I first saw you in Moorhead , MN at Concordia college. Must have been late 70's. And 6 times since. I work in a hospital and have to say what is one of the best healers is a person's attitude.All we really have is today and my many prayers are going out to you on this day. Life kinda sucks sometimes, not much we can do about that. AA has taught me that "just for today" I can get through those times. I cannot express in words how grateful I am to have been able to enjoy your music. You have a gift and I am blessed because of it and may my blessing be returned to you. Thank you so much. ~ Carrie in Minnesota

Dear Dan, I have battled cancer three times and won each of my battles. My prayers are with you and your family. Never give up your faith in God. Hang in there. You are a true genius and I pray that you will enjoy a total and complete recovery. Sincerely ~ June Levine Goldman, Scottsdale, Arizona

Dear Dan, I have been a fan for many years and I am a Peoria native also. God speed and my family and I are hoping you have a quick and full recovery. ~ gdm

Hey Dan, You and your wife hang in there. Enjoy your life together. Everything will work out. You are in our prayers. Just another Illinois guy ~ Keith

Felt like a punch to the stomach when I read the news..Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Dan.~ Scott and Barb Scovel

Dan, I shall keep you and your family in my prayers. Here's to a speedy recovery. Hope you see you back in Harrisburg, PA, real soon.

As a nurse/Dan Fogelberg fan I am familiar with some of what a person with that diagnosis faces. But, there is so much now in the way of treatment and therapy and there is no limit to what our HEAVENLY FATHER can do. I refer anyone who reads this to the 911 in the Bible. Psalms 91:1. It is a source of encouragement and comfort. Sending up prayers as I blow out the candle ~ Wilma Woodford, Fountain City, Indiana

I sit down at the piano and play your beautiful melodies and my heart is cheered. My spirit is taken to a different place altogether. This is the gift of music, and I truly believe that it causes our spirits to dance and rejoice. Your music has brought bounteous healing to others over the years. Now it is your turn to let all of us turn our words and prayers for your recovery into the sweetest music of all. Here is a Baha'i prayer to bring you comfort.

Thy name is my healing, O my God, and remembrance of Thee is my remedy. Nearness to Thee is my hope, and love for Thee is my companion. Thy mercy to me is my healing and my succor in both this world and the world to come. Thou, verily, art the All-Bountiful, the All-Knowing, the All-Wise.

Dear Dan, Godspeed to you and yours in this difficult time. I sincerely hope and pray that all is well with you. I have been a fan for many years and as a musician I have the utmost respect for your talent. Your recordings have been a great teaching medium for me and have made me a better guitarist. I've always said that you are one of the most underrated guitarists around--of course that is because you compose and record such great songs, unfortunately the guitar work is overlooked. I share your passion for the sea--I spent my entire life in Indiana and 3 years ago transplanted myself in Rhode Island to be near the ocean, and now I make my living at sea. Songs like "The Reach" and "The Minstrel" are partially responsible for me making such a drastic change in my life, and I thank you for it. I am dismayed that "Full Circle" didn't get the promotion it deserved--it's a fantastic album that should be generating hit singles. You are truly an American treasure and I pray daily for your restored health. Be of good cheer and be assured of many prayers and positive thoughts comming your way. God Bless. ~ Mark Donovan, Newport, RI

Dan,I don't know if you would ever actually get to read this e-mail or not, but I will take a shot, anyway. I am 39 years old, I have a beautiful family of my own, including a beautiful wife and 3 daughters. During their lifetime, they have heard me mention Dan Fogelberg, and heard me playing your songs on my acoustic, as I picked out your songs until I got them right. Since about 1979, I have faithfully been a great fan of yours, and I have always said that if there's anything that I would like to do in my lifetime, it's shake the hand of Dan Fogelberg, and tell you what a blessing your music and songwriting has been in my life. I still listen to your greatest hits CDs. We are praying and believing people. I watched you on Soundstage the other night. This was the very first time in all my years that I have EVER seen you on TV. It blew me away, and encouraged me tonight to view your website. That's where I learned of your sickness. This overwhelmed me, and I just wanted to tell you that we are gonna pray and believe God for your complete recovery.I just can't explain what an inspiration your music has been in my life. No one's music to me has ever mattered so much. Songs like "Leader of The Band", "Same Old Lang Syne", "Heart Hotels", will always stick out to me. Our prayers will be with you. We' ve never met, and someday, I hope that can change. Until then, may God be with you, Dan. We love you, Brother ! ~ Allen Duncan

Dear Dan, I hope you are on the road to recovery. My brother introduced us to your music when The Innocent Age first appeared He plays the guitar beautifully, and I fell in love with the music. My husband and I now own almost all of your albums. I would like to thank you for the many years of music that you have given to us all. Your lyrics and melodies have helped me through some difficult times, and augmented some joyous ones. A few years ago, we acquired some parakeets. At my son's suggestion, we named one Fogelbird.After much deliberation, we had to name the other one Weisbird. They were great musicians too! We have enjoyed several of your N.J. concerts, and were hoping for another. We pray that you will recover nicely from this challenge, and come back to us soon. Sincerely ~ Darlane and Bob

Dear Dan,My prayers are with you and yours for a speedy recovery and renewed health. My older brother gave me a your 'Nether Lands' album as a gift when I was an awkward adolescent, and it seemed as I listened to your wonderful lyrics and music that an epiphany occured and much changed forever, for better in my outlook on life. Thank you for pouring your life out for us in your songs. I hope in some small way that the overwhelming support you receive will encourage you. God bless you , Dan. ~ Tim Austin, Fort McMurray Alberta.

Dan, I've loved your music for so long - the collaborative song "Since You've Asked" just lets my spirit soar. A singer friend of mine, Benny Mardones, is battling Parkinson's Disease and he is always in my prayers. You are now there, too. I have great faith that the Lord will restore you both back to singing and writing the wonderful music we need so desperately in these sad times. And the music will have a dimension it could not have had before. God bless the physicians and those who are attending to you with all the wisdom necessary to bring you through this season in your life. And God bless you, most of all. ~ Cinthia Pickett

Dear Dan, through the years from your music you have helped me find myself and like myself in words that cannot be explained. You and your your music are very special to me and you are in my heart and prayers always. You have been there for me many countless times and I hope to be there for you. To a speedy and full recovery and thanks for so much you have given Always ~ Sherry Horowitz

Dan, Thank you for blessing my life so much, I've been a fan pretty much from the beginning. You've inspired me in so many ways, it would take to long to write.I never would have picked up a guitar if not for you. And it has been so wonderful to have such a good friend to spend time with (the guitar) all these years. I'm praying for you Dan, I believe in a God that loves us, no matter what. I hold on to hope that He takes all things and makes them right, in His time. May you feel God's presense in your life, and find comfort there for you and your family ~ Jay Skare

Dear Dan, You are one of my favorites from the 70's. You and your family are in my prayers. In hopes for a speedy recovery.~ terry, houston, tx

I have been a fan for ages. Dan's songs have touched my heart. My prayers and good positive thoughts to beat this illness go out to him and his family. ~ Valerie

Dan, Your music has brought so much joy to so many people and during this time of need I hope you know that we are all praying for you and your family. Thank you for touching all of our lives through your music.God Bless You Always ~ Donna, Orlando, Fl

Though I've lost track in recent years, your music, lyrics and voices have been the source of much inspiration and musical enjoyment. Listening to your music made me want to play guitar. Your lyrics and melodies provided validation that what came out of my heart, soul and eventually, my pen were worth something too. Fight hard, may God bless, stay a while longer. ~ SueZ

I heard the news of your illness on the radio and my heart sunk. I am one of many who wish you a rapid recovery. I'm hoping all the best for you. Take good care of yourself. You are so loved! ~ Sue Day

Dan and Jean, You will be in our thoughts and prayers. My step-dad has just gone through what you are. First with the prostate cancer, than with a secondary cancer that was in his bones, but after a year or so of treatments his last bone scan (in July) showed that all of the cancer is gone and his levels are at 0.1. So keep the faith. My new husband, Elwood Cobb, also wishes you the best. He said he used to take care of your whaler. As a matter of fact, he just told me about that today. I wanted to show my son who you was and found this site and wanted to wish you and your family well. Sincerely ~ Kim Cobb

Dan, You have many brothers, sisters, and kindred spirits that care about you very much and wish you the Lord's blessings during your walk through life's lesson plan. You are loved much by many. ~ MM - Castaic, CA

May God bless you and your family during this difficult time. As with all journeys...there will be some hills to climb and some rough terrain, but others will be there to support or even carry you if need be. Lifting you in prayer ~ Jeanette Williams Housecamp

Dear Dan: I've been listening to your music now for over 20 years and have all of your albums/CD's. I had the pleasure of seeing you at the Soundstage taping in Chicago, front row and had the bigger pleasure of meeting you outside the theater before you got into your limo with Jean. You were so gracious and nice, if a bit surprised! Your music has been the soundtrack of my life at times and I hope your music can bring you comfort now. I painted a mirror for my daughter that has Ever On all around the frame...May the trail rise up to meet you now so that you have a smooth journey through your treament. Sincerely, Lauri Stern, Chicago, Illinios.

I wrote on the 12th to thank you, and let you know you and your bride are in my prayers. I have had many busy days, and confess, I don't think of you daily. But every so often I feel to pray. And just heard the most selfish prayer, pour out of me. God, I still need this one! I didn't get to thank him properly, and for the sake of love, let he and his wife have the opportunity to grow old together. Let them, please, so I can still believe. I was unaware of the despair in me. I was also aware of, I wanted you to have the chance for many tomorrows. I felt, like fighting for you both, somehow. Obviously, you are both in my heart, and in my prayers. With love ~ Carol

Dan, You are one of my favorite artists and your songs have given me so much through the years. I wish you the very best and will include you and your family in my prayers for healing and a speedy recovery. ~ Loretta, North Carolina

Dan, I'm not going to let you go now... I need more of you in my life...so there. I expect to hear more from you real soon. I know we all do (your friends) care so much. I send you best wishes and a speedy recovery. All hopes and prayers are with you and your family.Your friend ~ Ron Zogut

Dear Dan, Long time fan from the 70's. I will keep you in my prayers as you fight this illness. Gell well soon. ~ Sharon B.

Just saw you last night on Soundstage on KET. Really enjoyed the show! I was a HUGE fan in the mid-70s and have kind of lost touch but did spread the word when I heard about the broadcast last night. Great show! I didn't know about your illness til I got on here to check you out again. I am so sorry to hear about your news but there will be many people pulling for you and thinking good thoughts for your quick recovery! Best Wishes to "Dan, the Man" as we have always called you! "Souvenirs" was the theme for my prom in 1975. Thanks ~ Perri Lynn White

May God Bless you and keep you in His care. Just concentrate on getting well again. ~ Lorraine Johnson

Dear Dan, You can never know how much your music has meant to me for the past 30 years. It has helped me in good times and bad times. You are a true genius and have spoken to my heart many times. My best wishes for your speedy recovery ~ dg/Indiana

Dear Dan, Like so many others my husband and I discovered your music while working at our college radio station during the 70's. I still love the songs from "Home Free", and "The River" is probably my favorite of your beautiful songs. Thanks for giving this wonderful gift to all of us over the years. I spent most of my life battling depression that went untreated and undiagnosed for almost 40 years. Your songs were sometimes among the few things that could reach through the darkness that enveloped my soul. Let some of that beauty flow back into your soul whenever you need a little light. The Greatful Dead became my focus in '76, and saw over 200 concerts before the death of Jerry Garcia, but one thing I learned from their music is this: the Music never stops....Dan, I am sending healing vibes to you and your family,and hope that your recovery is speedy and complete! Love will find a way to heal you. Best wishes! ~ Beth K.

Dear Dan, I have been listening to your music since 1974. I was in college at the time and was introduced to your music by a gentle man, whom I was dating. Though our relationship didn't last, I have enjoyed your music for 30 years now. There are sweet memories of  "Souvenirs" and those college days. Your songwriting has been an inspiration in many ways. Thank you for the gift of your music and sharing it with the world. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Jean and your family, as you journey through recovery from your cancer. With Love ~ Caroline, Phoenix, AZ

Dan, your music has been a part of my family's life for so long - you've been a part of weddings, birthday parties, drives in the mountains, quiet times... We were so sorry to learn of your ongoing battle with cancer. Please know that our prayers and thoughts are with you and Jeannie - we look forward to the day you've beat this and are back at Red Rocks spreading the magic that is your music and your spirit.~ Nancy - Colorado

Dan - Your music has touched and inspired me! The song "Longer" was sung at my wedding, and I love the story you tell in "Same Old Lang Syne". I pray for you and your family - keep the faith and be good to yourself! ~ Sandra L. Billingsley, DeWitt, MI

Dan, I was raised listening to your music and developed my parents' "love of Dan". You've been an inspiration in my life since I was very young, and I want to send out to you all of the healing, positive energy, love, and beauty of the soul that you have shared with myself and the rest of your fans. You have touched so many lives and so many hearts & souls - now that will be returned to you tenfold as those same people wish, pray, hope and believe in your perfect recovery. I know you're going to make it through this. All of my thoughts & best wishes are yours. ~ Shanna Riley

From a fellow Peorian, we wish you peace and joy. God will take care of the rest. Best Wishes from the Manual High School Class of 1969. ~ Cathy

Dan, May you find inspiration and comfort coming your way just as you have provided to all of us posting here. It's our turn to give to you, whether it be thru white light , prayers, or any other means to offer you support. At a time when life was unencumbered with responsibilities, your 8 track tapes of Souvenirs and Captured Angel took my sister and I from the Philadelphia area to Lake Tahoe and back (they were our only source of tunes). We sang at the tops of our lungs! Then when life got a little more complicated, your acoustic performance at Valley Forge Music Fair (the stage that slowly turned, prompting your comment regarding the need for Dramamine) totally blew me away. Open heart surgery was on my agenda and when you played "To the Morning" the tears rolled down my cheeks. Tears of happiness-I knew if the dice were not in my favor I had seen and heard your magical voice and my favorite song and could go in peace. To top the evening off, I waited until the wee hours of the morning and got your autograph-which I have to this day 12 years later. Your music has touched us all deeply and we hope we can touch your soul with our wishes in return. ~ Laurie H

Dear Dan, Heartfelt thanks from a Canadian fan for the years of great music. Like many, your music is very precious to me. Get better soon. ~ Leslie from Quebec

Dan - Wishing you all the best and God's healing power. I've been a fan since Phoenix (still my favorite DF album!) and first DF concert in the mid-80's. Thanks for your wonderful gift of music. ~ Cindy, St Louis MO

Dear Dan-Thank you so much for sharing your gifts with the world. "Nether Lands" ranks only with "Bridge Over Troubled Waters" in its ability to inspire and encourage me through fearful times, depression and divorce. When you die about 35 years from now, God will say "well done---you ministered to MILLIONS!" I love you for what has come out in songs from your heart and mind, and into my own soul over these many years. Keep on top of these damn bothersome cells!! (we HAVE the technology....we can rebuild you!) You can survive this. The bass player in my band told me you were sick (as he was singing "Leader of the Band") and you are now on the Prayer Whiteboard in my office. God surround you and your family. ~ Mr. Ed in Los Angeles, ese!

Dear Dan: Your music has been a part of my life since your first album. I have thought about your situation many times since I heard of your cancer. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I cannot wait until I hear of your full recovery. You are not in this alone as there are so many like me pulling for you. I hope you find peace and strength at this time. ~ Bob Melrose

Dear Dan, My heart sank when I heard of your illness. You've been a true inspiration in my life, as well as my husband, kids and grandkids. I wanted to send a little sunshine your way. Please get well Dan. I'm praying for you! ~ Deborah Holland, Coopersville, MI

Like a pebble falling into water, one never fully knows the effects their "ripples" have on others, even others they may not have met. I would just like to say your music has been important in my life. The wonderful songs with lyrics that evoke memories and times in life that are cherished are especially dear to me. I wish you health. Thank you for sharing your talents with us. God bless you ~ Mike

Dan, I have been with you for the whole journey. I have heard you quoted many times as saying that you would like to return to painting and photography as your musical career winds down. In case you didn't know it, you have been painting musical masterpieces for thirty years. You have created word pictures and images that are printed indelibly in our minds and hearts for as long as we live. We have been your canvas and reflect the loving care that you have put into your art, as you have painted and colored our worlds with your beautiful touch. And I love you for that. God Bless you, Dan Fogelberg ~ Bregg Smith

Dear Dan, Your music has meant so much to me for a long, long time. It's part of me, it's part of who I am and I'm blessed because of it. We've soared together and cried together. I've shared your music with my husband, our four children and have every intention of sharing your music with our seven grandchildren. I always have music playing when they come over and they'll soon get to know the beauty of Dan Fogelberg. Every morning my alarm clock goes off to "Half Moon Bay" and the music becomes a part of me. Then I listen to a few more songs and I'm late for work! What can I say? You've given so much to your fans for so long Dan, now it's our turn to give back to you, even if it's only a few sentences in an email. At least we have the opportunity to say how we feel and offer our prayers to you and your family during this time. Please get well Dan and know that you are loved; because you are. Thank you for being you, and thank you for touching my life in a way I'll never, ever forget. God bless you! ~ Deborah, Coopersville, MI

Dan, My husband and I have been married for 25 years. Your music was a part of our dating years - and all of the years that have followed. When we heard the news of your illness a few days ago, it made our hearts hurt. Dan Fogelberg fans are people who love the stories that you tell in your songs. We feel the emotions and are soothed by your voice. Thank you for the gifts that you have given over the years. We wonder if you know how many people have heavy hearts, how many people are praying for you - and pleading to God to keep you healthy and happy? Hope there are arms to hold you and comfort you. Know that you are loved. I know you getting a lot of emails. I wish that we all could put what we feel in our hearts for you into words like you do in your songs. We get the message when you sing - we hope you can feel our message! ~ Dan and Linda Truman, Toledo,OH

Dear Dan and family: Thank you for all these years of "following your heart", and for touching mine. I am 45 years old, and have been married to John for 23 of those years, and our courtship and marriage was very much "wrapped up" in your beautiful Phoenix album, and all those that came before... after finding the love of my life, and your music through him, my life has continually been blessed by your words and music. If  I can send anything back to you, it is that God will place His healing hand on your body, keeping you and your loved ones in His capable hands, and know that you are loved and wished every good thing as you continue your way along in life. ~ Debra, Newport Beach, CA

Dear Dan; The prayers and thoughts of our entire Folk Group from Our Lady of the Valley are with you. Our group has all grown up and gone their separate ways, but we were are still great fans of your music . You brought us great hours of joy through your music. May our prayers join with all those of your other fans to bring a healing to you and our family. Peace and get well  ~  John M. Palombo Jr.

Dear Dan & Family, I have been a fan for over 20 years and the highlights of my year, have always been attending your concerts. You will be in my prayers for a complete cure of your cancer. I have two members of my family who have overcome this. While you go through this, remember to turn to God and Jesus, they will always comfort and care for you. God Bless you. ~ Hala

Dear Dan, Twenty-three years ago, my husband Eddie and I played your song, "Longer" at our wedding. It was an inspiration to us at that time and remains so all these years. You have given us countless hours of happiness, tranquility, hope and good vibes. We wish that the inspiration you have given to us is returned to you through your own music, ideals, and message of hope that you have shared with so many people. We are here in Boston, waiting for your return....and we will be here when you do. We will always remember the Fleet Pavilion Show on Boston Harbah! your music, the atmosphere and the glow of the Harvest moon hovering above. It was a moment we will never forget....thank you. You are truly a special person. Luv ya ~ Eddie and Debbie

Dear Dan, I have been a fan of yours since I was 18 years old. Your music has always moved my soul. My best memory is when my husband and I went to Red Rocks and you played "Longer" which was our wedding song. I was looking for the concert this year and noticed you were not playing your annual Colorado concert. Next year I know we will see you on the stage. I believe music is the most wonderful gift anyone can give so freely, so thank you for the many gifts of music you have given to all your fans.Good luck with your health. I wish we could get you back here in Laramie Wyoming for another concert. I saw you here in Laramie in1983-that was my first Dan Fogelberg concert. ~ Sophia L. Beck

Thinking of you,and your family. Hope all is well. ~ Sandy, St. Petersburg, Florida

Dan, I've been a fan since "Home Free". You helped me make it through the 70's and 80's without losing my mind! My husband knows that when he hears Dan Fogelberg on the CD player that I'm usually feeling "creative" or contemplative. Thanks for the music and the inspiration!! I was able to catch your show in Auburn, Alabama and can honestly say it was one of the best I have been to....especially the acoustic set. I wish you and your family all the best and prayers are being said on your behalf. I pray that your soul is right with Jesus as well, for he will comfort you and give you a peace that passes human understanding through all of this. Keep the faith and may God bless you and keep you. ~ Denise in Florida

Dan, I have been touched by your music for many years. The music has blessed and touched me through the seasons of my life. During one of the most difficult times, one of the things that gave me the strength to face another day was the River of Souls album and the reminder that there are miracles each day. I pray this miracle of healing over your heart, mind, body and soul. ~ Diana

Dan: I have loved your music and your mug for 30 years! I've had the good fortune to see you perform live twice. The first time was in 1977, Santa Barbara, Tim Weisberg was a guest and the 2nd time was in Reno several years ago. You will never know how many long nights I've spent with you throughout my life!! I wish you well in your recovery process and look forward to one day seeing you again when you come to California. ~ Chris, San Luis Obispo, CA

Dear Dan: I wish you the very best in your struggle with cancer. I can't tell you how much your music has meant to me throughout the years. I have never missed a concert that you held here in Colorado. Your songs and lyrics speak to me in a way that no other artist ever has. Thank you for being an inspiration for so many years. Please get well. soon! ~ Maria VanderKolk

Dear Mr. Fogelberg, We embrace your music, we dance to your openness and directness of your illness, we applaud your talent, we whisper to you our encouragement, we support your road to recovery, we respect your privacy, we appreciate your musical presence, and we are totally with you on this. Sending positive thoughts and prayers your way. ~ Wanda Huntley, Charlotte, NC

Dear Dan,My prayers for healing are with you.Your music has brought many, many hours of joy to my life.You are an inspiration. You are loved by so many people. Love and healing to you. ~ Mary

Dan, May God Bless you and bring you back to good health so that the blessing the Lord has given you can be shared by many for years to come. ~ Greg

Hi Dan: I grew up close to many native Americans and learned a great deal about the" circle of life" and believe the spirit in your soul will heal you after the pain can no longer sustain its hold. Good Health Dan! Saw your show on Public television Thursday night.Great show! You are a blessed soulful musician! Please do a show in Maine when able. Love to sit up front and take it all in. Anyway... May the spirits and God know they blessed you for a reason. ~ Hayden Shaw (Bangor, Maine)

Dan - I Just wanted to wish you the best and a speeded recovery; you have brought so much happiness to my life in your music and those incredible lyrics words cannot express. Get well soon and keep the music coming. ~ Kevin Seamans

Best wishes for a full recovery. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. ~ Doug & June Tillett

Dan, I heard "Changing Horses" on a Roger McGuinn album way back. I looked for an album by the composerr. I found "Souvenirs" and bought it. I love all your music. Since then I have bought every one of your albums . Yours is a houshold name, my kids have grown up listening to your music. My daughter (a teacher and music teacher) was playing some new music she had received for her class on the piano this week and remarked "This sounds like 'The Minstrel!' ". Our prayers, love and best wishes for your recovery. ~ Nick

Dear Dan and Family: I know first hand what you and your family are going through. My husband of 34 years was diagnosed with prostate cancer 2 years ago. He is a young man and was diagnosed at 54. We went through lots of books and treatment options. I want you to know that today he is cancer free! Medicine has come a long way and there are many choices. I wish you and your family the best. ~ Emma

Dan and Jean, May God place his healing hand on you both. May he gave you both strength and encouragement And peace. ~ Mark & Patty Stein

Dear Dan, I am 45 years old, live in Oklahoma and your music has been part of my life since I was in high school. Not only have your songs touched me, I have had the great fortune to be able to share them with the people most important in my life over the years. My wish for you is a complete recovery and I pray you are surrounded until that time by the people who love you most and are the most important part of your life. You have given so much musically to the world that I don't care if you ever write another song. I would much rather know that you are happy and healthy. Perhaps its your turn to receive back at least some of what you have given over the years. My lady and I were just listening to Souvenirs last night on our way home from Texas. She has fallen in love with your music since I introduced you to her and I know she will wish you all the best as well. Thanks for everything and get well soon.~ Paul in Oklahoma

Dan, My prayers are with you as you battle your new battle. Like any hurdle stay positive and strong. Allow all of our prayers support you. We all look forward to hearing your music again when this is all done. God Bless ~ Judy

Dan: I have been a fan as long as I can remember. I too have dealt with cancer and I will pray for your speedy recovery. ~ Barbara

If I live to be 150 years old, I will not have contributed half of what you furnished us with before you were 30. This site is appropriately named. Your legacy will live on forever along with my gratitude. God Bless You....and yours. I lived in Boulder when you were there and I now live in Western Colorado. I am not well traveled but like you I came from the East and saw the light. Perhaps some of the illumination that so electrified me when first I reached the Rockies was fueled by your spirit. Certainly you have always embodied the positivity and youthfulness that are emblematic of the Colorado I love. Stay the course. I'm in your corner.~ Tom Carroll

Dear Dan, I am 31 and live in Nashville. I am a single father of an autistic child. There are times when I feel life has not dealt me a fair hand. But God has been faithful to me every step of the way. Along my twisted path, your music has been there to lift my spirits, shed light on my problems and encourage me. I was at one of my lowest points, Oct 1, 1995. I was going through a tough emotional time as I broke away from the pattern of emotional abuse I had suffered with all my life. I had bought tickets to see you in New Orleans. I lived 2 hours away. So I managed to pull it together and drive to see you. I just recently learned of your music. That night, you played "Don't Lose Heart". You told us that you had just written it and not recorded it yet. The song was a God send for me that night. It still encourages me now almost 10 years later. There are so many other songs of yours that have done the same. Dan, I will be praying for you. I know you are in good hands. I wish there was something tangible I could do. "May the trail rise up to meet you". Get well soon, I trust God is not done with you and we will see you on the road soon. Peace to you dear brother.~ Alex, Nashville TN

Dear Dan, I'm praying, wishing, and hoping that you will be well soon, and back at Red Rocks next summer. Can you please share your progress with your fans? Believe it or not, we all feel like we are part of your family; just a few words from someone could really help the grief process we are all going through. God bless.~ Linda in Genesee, CO

Dear Dan, I hope that many people, in face of your illness, have reminded you to listen your own song-writing. Your beautiful and insightful music has brought comfort and understanding to me in many times of difficulty in my life. Don't lose heart. I was fortunate enough to see your solo, acoustic tour in the summer of 1997 at Wolf Trap Park in VA. It was one of the best performances I've ever been honoured to witness. I went right out and bought your box set at the kiosk on site. I thank you for the music you have given that has kept me such good company over the years. Many prayers of health and wellness for you. ~ Megan, Ann Arbor, MI

Dan the man, I am a 17-year old who grew up listening to your music with my parents. I really appreciate your talent. God bless and hang in there. ~ Margaret Perkins

Dan, I've been a huge fan of yours since I first heard Souvenirs back in 1975. I saw you in concert in Mobile, AL shortly after that when you opened for the Eagles. We brought you back for 3 encores. The Eagles only came back for one. I've been to several of your concerts over the years, most recently last year in Colorado Springs and have all of your albums. So, I feel like we're old friends. I just read about your fight with prostate cancer and know you have the will and positive attitude to beat it. My thoughts and prayers are with you and I know you'll be back for lots more encores. Sincerely ~ John Rasmussen, Green Mountain Falls, CO

Mr. Fogelberg: I awaken daily to the tune of "To The Morning". It is a mantra and a promise to myself to 'stay the course'. On my last birthday, my best friend and I went to your concert at the Alltel Pavilion in Raleigh. Your music and all that is inherent has been a source of inspiration, an affirmation of life, and consistent solace and, ... exhilaration! for several decades. I lived for several years on a sailboat and I keen to "The Reach" and "The Minstrel". When my daughter-dog died, 'Bones In The Sky' helped me get through it. I have long treasured Georgia O'Keefe's paintings. Your ballads and instrumentals have meant the world to me. Thank you for sharing your genius, intellect, passion and life with us all these years. It is a sublime gift. I was greatly saddened to hear about your cancer and the pain which that causes. My father also had prostate cancer, and is doing well today, at 86. May you and your wife have many more years. ~ Teresa, NC.

Hello Dan -So sorry to hear of your illness, but with positive thoughts and prayer I'm sure you'll get through this with no problems. Thank you so much for your music. I have related to a lot of your lyrics when I was going through difficult times and it got me through those rough times. May you enjoy your privacy and the beauty of your surroundings for years to come. Your Fan ~ Irene Brooks.

If they would ever make a movie about my life, your music would be the soundtrack. Thank you for getting me through the good times and the bad, the happy and the sad and everywhere in between. With the prayers from all around the world I am confident that you will rise like a Phoenix and continue to be the leader of our band a while longer. May God bless what you have given the world, and give you the strength as you continue along the road. There is so much more that you need to give to this world, and I pray that you and Jean will find solace in the love you are receiving from everyone. ~ Brad Memberto, Santa Maria, CA

Dan, My heart was stung by news of your illness. I do believe in a healing, caring God, so of course you are in my daily prayers. I know you have meant so much to so very many people for so very many years.I cannot remember a time in my life without you. You have sailed the Gulf of Mexico with me, we have taken so many road trips together. Hiked the Rockies, the Cascades, Sangre Cristos and ridden together on long countrry roads on horseback singing together at the top of my lungs (you were safely concealed in a cassettte player so I alone endured any disturbed stares). You got me through high school, college and everyone at my Veterinary clinic knows your concert dates are equivalent to national holidays. It started with every album, only to be duplicated with every cassette tape, and now every CD. High Country Snows does have a tendency to make me get a little rowdy - "Sutter's Mill", well then there is "Nexus". Who am I fooling? There are so very many that apply to so much of my life.

I attempt in my feeble way to thank you for making my life better. The rich gifts from your own spirit to ours. The amazing insight to our souls and lives, that helps us go on in rough times and soar with us in times of joy. You, kind sir, have been there. I have no doubt you will continue to do so. I love you dearly for the Spirit you are in this world. My Grandmother was Chickasaw she gave me her love of the Earth and all its Spirits, four legged, winged, two legged and so forth. You of course have also always walked as an enlightened one which also enriches your music for that I also thank you.May the Love of so many keep you. Please know it is there and unwavering. May your family be blessed as well. ~ Kathy, Texas

Dan, You're in my daily prayers. It's the least I can do for the gift of music you've given me since 1975. ~ Jim Prothero

"Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying 'I will try again tomorrow'". Keep the faith, Dan. ~ Mack

Dear Dan ~ I was stricken when I heard the news of your cancer. It hit me as hard as when I heard my brother had pancreatic cancer. I know you have asked for privacy while fighting this illness, and I respect that, even though the thing I'd like to do for you is give you a hug and tell you it will be all right. The thing that we CAN all do for you, though, is pray, as most people that have posted messages here have mentioned. Studies have been done that when people are prayed for, they get better faster than those who aren't prayed for, even when they don't know people are praying for them. I hope it works for you, even though you MUST know we all are praying for your recovery! I also hope you have time to read some of these posts to see all the love that is out there for you. I have been touched, uplifted, and saved by your music more than once. Many songwriters will have one or two songs that touch my soul. Almost all of yours do! I had to listen to "Run for the Roses" about 100 times before I could hear it without crying! The "Exiles" album came along at a particularly low part of my life when I was losing the man who I thought was the love of my life. Who knew that he was only a prelude to my wonderful husband, the true love of my life? Regardless, your music helped me cope, as it has through all of my tough times. I can't hear "Leader of the Band" without thinking of my sister, who has passed on. It was her favorite song by you and made her cry every time she heard it. It made us both remember our own dear father. I could go on and on, but will just leave it with these three instances. You are also one of the loves of my life! Whatever the outcome of this illness, it has spurred many people to express how you have been the object of much love and devotion in their lives, and isn't that the best evidence of a life well lived? Cancel concerts, get the treatment you need, never ever tour or make another album, and I will just be grateful that you live, my friend. God be with you, Dan, till we meet again! I love you, bud. ~ Karen Laitur, Monroe, MI

God Bless you, Dan, and thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the wonderful music you've given to us for lo these many years. Peace, Light and Healing to you, Dear One ~ Jenne Schuller from Peoria, Illinois

Dear Dan, I grew up listening to your music and was saddened to here of your illness. You played a very important role throughout my life, especially my teen years. You were always there when times were good or bad and you would always keep me company. Your lyrics would speak to me and I felt that somehow you were listening to me in some unknown way. Your songs always seemed to say the right things at the right time. You got me through my first love and I felt that your heart was breaking right along with mine. Now my heart is breaking again and this time it is for you. I wished for many years that you would play in Maine and I got my wish in the summer of 1980, you performed in Portland Maine. I still say it was one of my most memorable nights. We have been so blessed by your devotion to all of your fans, and the performances you have given us. My prayers and thoughts are with you each day and I look forward to “seeing you again”. Thank you for sharing such wonderful talent. I will be waiting for your new music. God speed ~ Julie

Dear Dan and family; I will pray for your health and for family strength through this time. I have been a listener of your music since my college days (mid seventies). I was reacquainted with your songs by watching the recent performance on Soundstage for PBS. I really had no idea of the versatility you possess in your instrument playing. It gives me a greater appreciation for the passion you have for the music. You gave a great performance and it was really nice to watch you and the band and enjoy the music again. I'm glad that you and your music is in this world. Thanks ~ Debbie Saxe

Dan, your music has always touched my heart. You are in my prayers; may God bless you and help you through this difficult struggle. I and all who love your wonderful music are hoping for your quick and complete recovery. Sincere best wishes ~ Cindy Vaughn

Dear Dan, I've seen you perform three times in Worcester MA. The only performer I've seen more than once. I'm very sorry to hear about your illness and I pray for a recovery. Since a musician friend of mine turned me on to Captured Angel in the mid-seventies I've been a devoted fan. I hope you and your family will get through this crisis and thank you for the musicianship and fantastic lyrics. For me you'll always be the leader of the band! Sincerely ~ John P. Brochu

Dan, I am a graduate of Woodfuff High School, 1977. Started listening to your music off the Home Free album and have every one one of your CD's/albums to date and hope and pray you will add to the collection. Your father in heaven and your mother on earth has taught you well. You have inspired me with your lyrics and music for many many years and I thank you. I have seen you in concert three times so far and hope to again.I pray that God's hand and heart will heal you and may his love be with you, your wife, mother and family always and all the medical staff working with you.Thank you for the music and lyrics to date, you truly are a gifted soul. Peace to you and yours and get well, I know you will. ~ David Benko

Dan, When I was in high school, your dad was our band director. This was in Pekin. I always had so much respect for him and also with you. Two years ago I had brain tumor surgery. The tumor was wrapped around my short term memory and destroyed it. I had six weeks of radiation and now have MRI's twice a year. You and your family are in my prayers. I'm glad to hear you are making progress. I will continue to pary for you and your family and place you on our prayer chain at church. ~ Lois

Dear Dan, I am praying for a speedy and full recovery for you and your family. You were so much a part of my life in the '70's and '80's and you didn't even know it. Your music and the words to your songs are so deep and inspiring, you have the power in you to let "the healing light" in and heal you! You are not far from me in thought, so I will be sending healthy, powerful thoughts your way! ~ Nadine Lewis, Blue Hill

Dear Mr. Fogelberg, I've been to this website several times to wish you the best. I just do not know how to say how I feel. My prayers are with you seems redundant (but they are). I will pray every day for you and your family, and wish you the best. You have inspired me for many years, and many lonely nights, not to mention every May. On Derby Day I wake up early just to play "Run for the Roses". At this point, I need to thank you for all of the beautiful songs you have wriiten and sang. Your songs bring me though the worst of times and best of times. I am looking foward to a new release once you recover. Sincerely ~ Karyn Kosta. (P.S. I was born in Peoria, IL and when I found out that is from you are from, it makes me proud).

Ever since my brother traded a "Boston" album for Souvenirs, I have been a huge fan. Your music and lyrics have had a huge impact on my life and have helped me through some very tough times. "Icarus Ascending" helped me with a big life change. My thoughts and prayers will be with you, Jean and your family every day. I wish you a full and speedy recovery. ~ Jeanne, Long Island

Sending positive healing energy your way from the Berkshires of Massachusetts. I hope all the joy and happiness you have spread with your music and lyrics comes back double for you during this time of need. Please pull through this unscathed and stronger than ever. All the best. ~ Dr. Michael Roth

Dan our thoughts and prayers are with you. See you soon. ~ The McDaniel Family

Dan, I was so sorry to hear about your illness. Your music has always been a huge part of my life. Your song "Longer" was played at my sister's wedding, and your cover of "Since You've Asked" was played at my wedding. Our prayers are with you and your family as you undergo treatment. ~ Ken-Fort Collins, CO

I've enjoyed your music so much over the years....I wish you all the best! Please come to Canada sometime. ~ Jackie

Dear Dan, I wanted to take just a moment to let you know that the thoughts and prayers of my family and I are with you and yours. You cannot possibly understand just how much you have meant to us throughout the years. The first Fogelberg song I actually remember hearing was in high school when someone brought in "The Lady Loves the River" by a singer named Florence Warner. In college, my girlfriend introduced me to "Souvenirs" and I have been a die-hard fan ever since. You have become such a part of my family. My children have grown up listening to your music. You are a part of every family vacation - every year for the last 20, your music has accompanied us to Colorado and North Carolina. Now with your Christmas album, it's part of our holidays. Talk about a legacy! When my son, Adam, left for college this year, he left behind "Nether Lands" and we had to overnight it to him when he called upset about leaving it.I guess what I wanted to say was "thank you" for dedicating your life to making such beautiful music. Your music will last through the ages and will be part of my family forever. ~Guy Peshek

I have "known" who your father was since I was a little girl and went to the band concerts on Sunday evenings at Pekin Park with my mom, sisters, aunt and uncle to listen to my cousin play the saxophone under the direction of your father. He certainly was "The Leader Of The Band". As a HUGE fan of Dan Fogelberg, I have missed very few of your concerts played in Peoria. My very favorite was your solo concert in the theater at the Peoria Civic Center. What a wonderful evening that was. Still remember someone from the audience yelling "Dan you're hot" without missing a beat you responded "Actually, I'm quite comfortable!" I have a 14 year old son that shares his birthday with one of his best buddies. I always refer to them as "Twin Sons Of Different Mothers", one of my favorite albums. Finally, keep the faith, keep a positive attitude, and do what your doctors tell you. My prayers are with you and your family. ~ Pam Hayes - Pekin, IL

Dear Dan, I just wanted to let you know what you brought to my life. I have been a fan for years. I am also from Peoria, Il. Born and raised. When "Leader of the Band" was released, my father had recently passed. I was alone the first time I heard this on my way to visit my mom. I had to pull over to listen and then cried for a long time. It was at that time that I realized how much he meant to me and how much I missed him. To this day I cry when I hear that song. But now it is comforting. I listen to your music on a regular basis. Especially when I am missing my dad. I was recently told I have multiple sclerosis. Every day is a struggle. I really hope you can fight this. Just know my prayers and thoughts are with you every day. Get well and I hope to be at your next concert here in town. Thank you so much for all you bring to people around the world. Sincerely ~ Betty

I pray for you and your family Dan, good luck and God's speed ! ~ Dan

Dear Dan, Prayers form Peoria, just heard of your illness. We have enjoyed your beautiful music for many years. My husband knew you back during high school. He went to Richwoods High School. My dad had prostate cancer and lived many years afterword. Grow closer to your family and have many moments of quality time . The Lord knows when each of our time is up so live each day as it is the last. We are praying for a full recovery and for you and your family. Love in Jesus name. ~ Dean and Susan Wright. Peoria, Illinois

Dear Dan, My prayers are with you and your family. I'm a cancer survivor too, 3 years cancer free. The best and hardest thing you can do is to turn this over to God and let him lead your life to the best doctors care ~ Vicki

Dan, I have just learned of your illness these past 2 days and hope the treatments get you back to your best. I have listened to your music for the past 30 years (I've just turned 41) and have NEVER been touched by songs like I have by yours.You have the most amazing gift and I'd like to thank you for sharing it with others.My thoughts are with you and your family. ~ Brett Turner, Melbourne, Australia.

Thank you for your beautiful music that has touched my life. I remember playing your 45 of "Longer" over and over. I am from Pekin, IL, where your father led the High School band, although I never knew him because he wasn't there when I attended PCHS. Thanks for the song "Leader of the Band". Your dad must have been so proud of you. I have to say my favorite song of yours now is "Same Old Lang Syne". It always brings tears to my eyes. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Praying for your healing and grace to sustain you through your treatment. I'm looking forward to many more years of great new music from you. Love & Prayers ~ Shelly Hochstetler, Pekin, IL

I am shocked and deeply saddened by the news of Dan's illness. I am a devout born again Christian and have a great understanding of the awesome power of prayer. I will begin daily prayer for him and also turn in prayer requests at my two churches. I believe that Dan is a man of great moral fiber and character. I also believe that with the will of God beside him he will rise up against this disease and defeat it soundly. My thoughts at a time like this turn immediately to how much his music has meant to me and to my life. It is almost not possible for me to convey in words how really important his work has been to me. It has been a constant and comforting companion for most of my life; a great friend if you will. I've relied on his incredible talent throughout the good and the bad in life. Dan's live shows have always been an unsurpassible joy for me. I was deeply disappointed he was not playing So. California this year. That seems oddly selfish now. I will pray constant and fervently knowing that God's will shall cure him. I send my sincere blessings and love to him and his family. ~ Bill Quinlan

Dan, your music has always touched me like no other music has. I played basketball at Pekin High when your dad was the band director. He was a fantastic leader of the band. Our prayers are with you and your family. You can beat this thing! God Bless you. ~ Terry Elmore

I have been with you since my college days at Springfield College in the mid-late seventies. Your music and lyrics have guided me through the ups and downs of my life. To say I had a favorite tune would leave so many others behind. I do remember seeing you at Crisler Arena at the University of Michigan in 1981. I believe it was the tour for "Phoenix".In fact I still have the ticket stub in my keep sake box. I also remember Kenny Passarelii and Russ Kunkel played with you on that tour. I will send positive healing thoughts to you. I am sure that music is a huge part of your recovery. ~ Harris Foster

You've shared so much of your heart and soul with us through your music that it seems so insignificant to send our prayers and wishes for a complete and speedy recovery, but I see that the special impact that your music has had in our lives is shared by so many, and so are those prayers and well wishes. We look forward to seeing you play and share your gifts with us soon in Peoria. ~ The Johnsons

Dan: May the strength and peace that you have given others for over 30 years be with you through this illness. Your music has been so much a part of my life, I wish I could give some of that hope and encouragement back to you in your time of challenge. Draw on the inner values and spirituality that have guided you through it all, the hope that is so apparent in your work, the wisdom from the words in your songs, and the love from your wife Jean and those that are close to you . Get well soon Dan, we all continue to need your voice, music, and insight to help us find the way in this often heartless world. ~ Dave Groshans

Hi Dan, As one who was recently diagnosed with lymphoma, I think I may have a slight understanding of what you're going through. Many times in my life you have been an inspiration to myself and others through your music. I am sending love and light your way and know that you will be o.k. Bless you and your family. Love and Light ~ Adriane

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you embark on yet another 'tour' of life. I have loved your music for so many years and it means so much to me and will forever. Our band director was taught by your father and I have made sure my children (who take Band) know your songs too. God Bless you. ~Amy Reeves

You're the one who found a Rhythm to your soul. You're the one who shared a depth that few knew how to express. You're the one who taught our souls to explore the spark that's found when alone and quiet. You're the one who is connected to a source that directs a rhythm which beats through your being vibrating, sending out a lovely current that's lifted so many tired souls who've stopped searching for the reason to breathe. Thank you seems so weak and inept to express my appreciation for you listening to your inner voice and sharing what you heard with a sweet softness that few possess. It's too soon to watch that light which burns brightly in your soul, switch off, it's too soon to say good bye. . .Don't let this physical challenge put away someone that enhanced so many lives with a sweet real beauty.

Thoughts and prayers of understanding to you and your family. My father is going through the same battle and it is sometimes a struggle. God is good and will watch over you. ~ Kay K. Peoria, IL

Your performance has always been enlightening and I have considered you one of the 5 or 6 best tunesmiths in the latter half of the 20th century. Live long! Be well! I'll look forward to hearing you are back! ~ Stephen M. Cox

Dear Dan, I believe in the greatest power in the universe: LOVE. Love can move mountains...and your fans, well, they love you and I am with them on praying for your complete recovery and healing. You will overcome this. I recently read Lance Armstong's book and he too had cancer; with love and prayers and of course medicine, you can be a survivor too. Blessings and all our best ~ Veronica Herrera, Colorado, and long time--forever fan!!!!

Dear Dan, I had bought tickets to your Chastain park concert and the next day I had a message from ticket masters that your concert was canceled. A few days later my wife brought me the word of your diagnosis and my heart sank. You can't have any idea the musical influence you have had on me. I learned to play guitar because I wanted to learn your music .That was in 1976 and I have been playing your music since then. I can't play it all but I can play quite a few . Your words and music have touched me to the depths of my soul and I want to thank you for that. I will pray for you daily for your speedy and complete recovery. I believe you have much more to say in your music and I want to hear more and more. Though I have never met you I have thought of as a friend and wish you all the best this world has to offer. God bless you Dan. ~ Terry K.Duck

Dear Dan - I have been a fan since the 70's, and was so looking forward to your Fall tour. I was shocked to hear of your illness, and my prayers go out to you and your family. The gifts of insight and musical talent that you have been given have allowed you to give so much to others. You have always brought joy to me, and as others have posted, helped me soothe some tough times. As a Nurse Practitioner, I know what you are coping with, and my heart and prayers are with you. Don't be afraid to ask those questions, and find a nurse family friend or relative to make sure you are getting the care that you need. Rely on your spiritual strength, the positive energy that everyone is sending you, and heal well. Peace and love ~ Nona

Dan Fogelberg, I was just reading Vintage Guitar, and see that you are being treated for a malignancy. I wanted to send you some of my thoughts. You played an important part in my "becoming a man", during my college years, and thereafter. Your music was always an inspiration to me. Beautiful, majestic, and so insightful and inspirational. I knew that any girl I was interested in who listened to your music, was going to be a special woman!! More importantly, your music always made me feel good, and inspired. I hope that is some small way this e mail will comfort, and inspire you, and help you to feel better. I wish I could offer your more. As a physician (eye surgeon, but trained extensively in virtually every other specialty before I settled on Ophthalmology), I would simply offer my help or counsel if you wanted it. Keep positive, and know you have made a huge difference in the lives of millions! Best Wishes to you. ~ Don Newman M.D

Your music has been a huge part of my life. You have touched me in lasting way. The music has been a part of all our greatest celebrations from my wedding to our daughter's Bas Mitzvah. We wish you a full and speedy recovery. ~ Betsy

Another healing thought of mine comes from someone else who has touched my life in the same way you have done, Dan... "Sure is funny to listen to someone's song for so long ~ just like an old friend" JP-D. Be well. ~ PJ

Dear Dan, I just recently heard about your illness from members of my family. They were hesitant to even tell me because they all know how much I admire you. I have been wondering where you've been, as far as touring goes, hoping to see you back here in Memphis. I saw you at Mud Island in Memphis back in 96 or 97, not sure exactly about the year, but thought you would have been back here by now. I've seen you in concert on three different occasions, all were great times and I do so love your music and so admire all your talent. You are in my thoughts and prayers.Please, keep all of your fans informed about your progress. We love you, Dan. ~ Kathy Hudnall, Memphis, Tn.

Dear Dan...I was quite fortunate to meet you backstage after one of your concerts several years ago when a friend of mine and bandmate of yours, Marc Russo, playing sax, introduced me. With me I brought my first album of yours for you to sign, Souvenirs, and I remembered you laughed that I still had it these many years. Though an adult, I was quite shy and being a bit star struck at meeting you, I wasn't able to voice my thoughts at the time. I always regretted not doing so. But now I will. I can't tell you how much your music has meant to me, and through all of my life's ups and downs, your lyrics have helped pick me up, dust me off, and keep me sane. Luckily, I found a man who loved your music as much as I did, and "Longer" was sung at our wedding. From the first time I heard your voice on my car's radio heading toward college, till these days of sending my own son off to college, your music in it's many forms with your poignant words, have helped me live my days. My favorite song, "The Reach", has especially moved my heart, and I can never hear the song "Illinois" without shedding a tear. My best to you and your family, and my prayers are with you in this new fight.

Dan my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. I know what a difficult time you are going through right now. Last year my mother was diagnosed with rectal cancer and the months to follow were like a roller coaster, but I do want to let you know, she fought it and is cancer free now. Always remember that one's mind can have an immense healing force over one's body. And of course there's always the strength that comes from above. I have been a huge fan of yours since the early 70's when I went over to some friend's house to play cards and your music was being played. I was so overcome by the beautiful sounds of voice and music I had to go out and by your album. Well to say the least I have quite a "collection" now and my children are enjoying your music as well! Here is hope for a speedy recovery and years more of beautiful music. Love & Best Wishes ~ Marie {Lakewood, OH}

I begin with a heartfelt thankfulness for your power of song and gift of music, which you had the courage to share with millions.My love affair with your music started with your beginning.My love and support are surrounding you and your family for a speedy recovery and for you to remain on this side so that your power of touching so many of us continues. My deepest appreciation is sent to you. ~ Lynn

Many thanks for all the songs from your soul. Here's some of the positive thoughts and wishes you gave to us returned to you. ~ Scott Shepler, Chillicothe, Illinois.

Dear Dan, I saw you at an excellent outdoor concert in Miami in the mid 1970s. Since then, I have listened to your music on many memorable occasions. Best wishes and many blessings to you and your family at this difficult time. ~ Michael D. Horowitz

Dear Mr. Fogelberg...First of all, congratulations for being such a talented and successful singer and musician. I discovered your music just a few years ago and I really loved it. Congrats too for the excellent website, it is very illustrative. And finally, I am really sorry for the bad news that I just learned in your website about your health problems. I just hope that you will overcome and recover completely pretty soon.. Good luck and take care... ~ Miguel Angel Moreno, age 33, Bogotá, Colombia

Thoughts and prayers...for always ~ Julie

Dan, I hope this message finds you and your family doing well. I just read in the paper of your illness and was stunned. I believe your first album came out the same year I was born. I love your music and touching lyrics. I am a Peoria native now living in East Peoria. You played at the Peoria Civic Center a few years ago, but unfortunately, I was not able to attend. Hopefully, some day I will get to see you perform. I hope that all goes well with whatever treatments you're taking. Keep up the good spirits; they always say "music is good for the soul". ~ Allisa, East Peoria, Illinois

You are so important to my wife, Heidi, and me.Your music is so a part of our lives.Get well soon.
This being Rosh Hashanah, a very special time for us, we will pray for you. God Bless.

Cancer is a temporary thing, I've had a few forms of it and it has a wonderful way of going away if you get the right doctors. Don't listen to anyone but the best doctors and you will beat this. I know,, I've done it a few times. You are a survivor and this is something you can beat!!! ~ Patricia

Dear Dan, My whole life as mostly I remember it was with you. My Father got killed when I was 15. That year was 1975. You knew a lot of my inner thoughts and feelings and wrote the songs that I could feel so strongly and could never make it to the paper with. I was 15 and beginning to learn a bit about this life I have led and you always helped me. Bought Souvenirs on sale when I was that lost kid. And it was then I found this friend named you. You were the one whose words helped a kid like me through some of the very most trying times in my life. Worked out that after Souvenirs I backtracked and found Home Free. For years I have played, sang, and quite honestly lived a great deal of the music that you have graciously shared with me. You gave me strength in times that I needed it. Your talents and abilities played such positive roles in my often depressed sort of life. I practiced and practiced until one day not too awful long ago I crossed a long plateau with my guitar and piano playing that gave me the ability to play a lot of these songs you wrote that gave me such inspiration and at times a very reason to live. I guess what I am saying is that I love you Dan Fogelberg. As the brother I never had and the inspiration for large parts of my own life. Yes I do. Last year after using an old Martin D-28 it took me forever to save and purchase I was fortunate enough to locate I think one of the last available Dan Fogelberg D-41 DF Martin's from Westwoods Music in Los Angeles, California. It makes me proud to be able to play one of the guitars you love. I throw in a CD and jam with you every time that I can. The D 41 has your unique "twang" about that I can't ever do as well as you.When I read this article about your problem you are working on it saddened me. I had no idea until just learning of this moments ago. I just wanted you to know that if I am any typical example of the folks that I am sure care about you then your wellness is just around the bend. If God had anything in store for me in my life I would wish it given to you right now. We all love and need YOU Dan Fogelberg. Your guidance has never taken me down the wrong path and I feel as if I am a better 45 year old because of you. Please get well soon, and never forget that there is at least one person out here that cares a lot about you and your successes. For without you mine would have never been. Please feel better soon. Peace ~ Mark DeMarcus

Found out about your illness a few days back while looking for the correct lyrics to "Be On Your Way," a favorite tune that I like to play on the guitar. Boy, that "Home Free" album was such a great piece of work. I love those tunes. I'm your age, Dan. Unfortunately, my Big Brother Bill has been suffering with lung/liver/brain cancer for the past 10 months or so. I pray for him every day. I plan on adding you to that prayer list. Be well, my friend. As Mr. Spock would say: "Live Long and Prosper."

It's just before dawn, and a rare occasion I'm simply up during the night. I slipped your "Home Free" CD in my player, not wanting to wake wife nor kids, and am lulled by "To The Morning," as I type this. God, I actually worry about you. Spirit is watching over you Daniel, have no doubt. I cannot find fresh words to express my wish for your complete recovery, nor to express my love for your melodies and lyrics. They have had a singular impact on my life from my first taste of "Home Free." Through the years loves won, and when I cried for love lost. "Full Circle", sitting on my desk, already well listened to. A pale-peach in the Eastern sky announces another morning "...and it's going to be a day..." Should I be fortunate to have you happen upon this email, I am sorry my words won't soar above all the others sent by your loving friends. To tell you how SIGNIFICANT your music, philosophies, and your personal light are to me. Somewhere in my soul there is a song I give back to you. May it do a fraction for you, of what you've given me. Looking forward to all the music that will follow this different path life has asked you to walk and learn from. It's said, "where one stumbles, and falls, there's where you find the gold." Daniel and Jean, lean upon one another. Smile for the warmth. Sincere Love ~ Ronnie Kolman, Highland Park, Illinois (...you're our boy..)

Dear Dan, I first heard your music when I was a freshman at ISU in Normal, IL. I used to go into the used record store and browse. I came upon your Home Free album. I bought it because I loved the photo on the back with the sun shining through the trees. I have turned so many people onto your music. My husband and I had "Nether Lands" and "Longer" played at our wedding in '82. I first saw you at ISU. Your parents were there and you dedicated "Living in the Country" to them. I always wished I could meet you in person.I'm sorry to say that my husband, Dale passed away Feb. '03 after a long battle with liver disease (hep c from the army). He was also a huge fan of yours (thanks to me). He was such an inspiration to so many people. He was a poet. His strength and love of life was awesome. I wish you the best in your journey. You can't even imagine what an impact your music has had on my life. I thank God for the gifts He gave you to give to all of us who love your lyrics and music. I pray for your healing, but most of all that you can accept what each day brings. That prayer is what got me through the seven and a half years my husband was sick. Peace, Dan ~ Judy in AZ

Dear Dan, thank you for sharing your gifts and your heart with us these many years. Even when we were children together in Peoria, I knew you would be special, and you didn't disappoint. God bless you and Jean, and may you receive strength and healing. ~ Terry (Craig) Lind

Dan, I am one of many of your long-term fans since your first album Home Free came out 32 years ago. My friend just told me the news about your cancer so I went to your web-site to read. I am glad that we have the chance to share our prayers and good wishes with you. Your music has given me so much joy, peace, consolation, happiness throughout the years. In 1972, I had just broken up with my first love and was having a hard time getting over it. When I first heard your song "Be On Your Way", I was amazed at the words and how much they related to what I knew I needed to do. That was just the beginning of a long-term love affair with your music. I still cry when I listen to certain songs, laugh with others, and get up and sing and dance (the old hair brush still works well as a microphone in a pinch) on some. I will pray for you each night for a rapid recovery and for your family, friends, and fans to be there for you in the ways that you need them to be. I have seen you many times in concert and am looking forward to many more. I am moving to Hawaii in February and would like to suggest that you put us on the tour for 2005. Best wishes. ~ Nancy Winters-Montoya

Dan, Your words have had great meaning in my life. I started listening to your music when I was seventeen, and it brought me out of several bad periods of my younger years, including a time when my best friend died. I clung to the words of the song "Part of the Plan" and, to this day, find great comfort in that song. You have made and continue to make the world a better place, and I thank you for that. It is a rare and special gift you have. Wishing you only good things, I will pray for you and your family. ~ Sharon Rodden, A fan forever

Dan, Sending you prayers of strength, peace, and healing. I send you and your family much love. May God bless all of you. You are going to be just fine. The battle may be tough but, you will be victorious. Soon, you will be singing again while under the bright stars which symbolize the gratitude of those who are deeply appreciative of your talent. Sincerely~ Melinda Molina

Although we've never met, your music has been a part of my entire adult life. So when I heard of your diagnosis, I felt as if it were a family member giving me the sobering news. My first Dan Fogelberg concert - and my first (and last?) music review was the summer of '77 in St. Petersburg, FL. I was going into my sophomore year of college. You should know, by the way, that I gave you a favorable review! When I got married in '83, "Longer" was our wedding song. Although I consider myself more of a spiritual than a religious person,I'd like to leave you with a Hebrew prayer for healing, Mi Sheberach, by Debbie Friedman

May the source of strength who blessed the ones before us
Help us find the courage to make our lives a blessing, And let us say amen.
Bless those in need of healing with rfuah shlemah
The renewal of body, The renewal of spirit, And let us say amen.

Thank you for sharing your music with us. The least I can do is share a prayer with you.~ Darcy Silvers

Dear Dan and Jean...My prayers for you both are constant and unwavering in the hopes that BOTH of you have FULL and ABUNDANT health, faith and happiness to succeed in conquering the current and TEMPORATY obstacles face you now. Remember: You are never given a dream without being given the power to make it come true. With your WISH to become healthy and the PLANET'S prayers for you to have that happen, there is NO WAY you can miss!!!Wishing you both SUCCESS!!! ~ Rose Fabian

Dan, You probably don't remember me, but I was your 1st guitar teacher. I remember you would come in for your lesson and you always knew it by heart!! Please hang in there and keep the faith. Keep that positive attitude that I know you have, it will help a lot. I have really never been real religious, but I will be praying for you In my own way and it should get through to Him!! Your Old Guitar Teacher ~ Larry Allen P.S. I remember when you started playing chords and you would start singing. I remember telling you to shut up. Was I intelligent or what!! Little did I know what a great star and musician you would become.

Get well soon Dan. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Your music touches our souls like no other. God bless you always. Keep the faith. ~ Maureen and Chris Langlais, Denver Colorado

To Dan and family, What a wonderful support team of energy from your fans, friends and family. You should be proud of all you have shared and done. You have a special place in my heart from a time period long ago when youth was still written on my face. Now a little older, a little wiser and wonderfully grateful of all that I have experienced. Thank you for sharing your wonderful talents with us for so long and get better soon so I can FINALLY see you live!! You are in my thoughts and prayers. ~ Mallorie Parkinson - Atlanta, Ga.

Dear Dan - My sister in Peoria told me of the news of your illness. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family and mother. "The Leader of the Band" was MY band director at good old Woodruff High School many years ago (in fact, I am returning to Peoria this weekend for the Woodruff HS Class of '49s 55th reunion. I am sure that my classmates will be concerned about the news of your health. I have counted myself so fortunate for all these years to have had Mr. Fogelberg as my band man. What a gentle and gracious person he was. Because I was/am a pianist he allowed me to play glockenspiel in the band. I could really tear that instrument up while we marched or did formations. During concert band time he suggested I learn to play the French horn. So I "taught" myself. Of course, I could read the music, etc., but probably did not have the best horn tone in the world. In fact, he would tell me he had never heard such loud horn player! However, he never threw me out!

When the college choir I was conducting was on tour in Peoria, I contacted him. He was able to get to the very last of the program because of a schedule conflict. But my singers were VERY impressed that they were meeting the Leader of the Band. (Presbyterian College Choir, Clinton, SC).

Singer friends of mine in Greenwood, SC have also been impressed with my distant connection to one of their favorite singers, Dan Fogelberg. They have always told me about your tours when they are in the SC area and how much they love your music. Sincerely ~ Charles T. Gaines

Dear Dan and Jean, May these days be filled with healing, may your hearts be filled with love and may you know the enormous impact of  Dan's music on the lives of so many. Hopefully you are in Maine, on the water, surrounded by the coming Fall. I'm sure you'll see the colors like you've never seen them before. Blessings to you on this new journey. Thank you for the incredible music. ~ Deborah Liv Johnson

Just wanted you to know you are in our thoughts and prayers. I have loved your music for many years. In fact, I was just playing one of your albums (yes, album!) the other day. Sending you the best. God bless. ~ Jan & Bill Martin

Your music has meant so much to many people, including me. I know in my heart that you are going to be fine. You have so much more to contribute to this world musically, and otherwise. Your music is the soundtrack of my youth, and I'm only 42.....I need more!!! I will include you and your family in my prayers.~ Ruth Johnson

Wishing you love, patience, peace, and faith to get through. I am going through the same. Two Pekinites wish you the best. ~ Mike and Deb

Dan, In my opinion you are by far the most talented singer, song writer, musician that has graced this earth. As other people have already mentioned in regards to their own lives, your music has been present in over half of my life - helping through the good times as well as the bad times. For that, I have to thank you for putting forth the music that has touched so many people’s heart. This posting is to let you know that you, Jean, your family and friends are in my thoughts and prayers every day. ~ Pam

Dan, Thank you for sharing your music - I look forward to your next album. Fight like hell, brother!! ~ Lyle

Your music has touched my heart and soul; my thoughts and prayers are with you. ~ Debbie, Peoria, IL

Dan and Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you!! We hope for a strong recovery and to see you in concert again real soon. Listening to "Stars" right now - the best! Big fans in Minnesota since the beginning ~ Lori and Kevin Bresnahan

Dear Dan, I wish you the very, very best. There are people who touch our lives and make it better just through their mere existence; you are one of those people. I've frequently said that you (and Melissa Etheridge) :o) sing my soul. Thank you for the wonderful gift of your music. You are greatly admired!! Take care and get well soon!! ~ Lisa Borquez

Dan, my thoughts & prayers of love & healing go out to you now, I know you will pull through. Much love ~ Summer

Dan, My prayers are with you. Your music has been an influence in my life. It has lifted my up and helped me deal with daily problems and joys. Your guitar playing has also made an impact on my life as I am a guitarist too. I spent many a night trying to figure out the licks and tunings that you use. You are an amazing talent! I hope the treatment is working and soon you'll be back writing the inspiring songs that you have shared with the world. I know you'll use this experience in a special way through song and music. My thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery are with you!! Blessings and Love ~ Chris Boerrigter

I have not heard anything about Dan Fogelberg for 20 years. I was crossing the tv dial and came across him on PBS. I was frozen watching a show of this incredible soulful talent. I forgot how time has reshaped things and how I forgot. Forgot how incredible and how gifted he was and is. How I could feel about things. It gave me chills. I am deeply saddened to hear of his health problem. I wish him the very best. I only wish to let Dan know that someone who forgot, has been touched again by his presence and his music. ~ Doug Auld

Dan & family, Our heartfelt prayers go out to you & your family.Thru your enduring spirit as felt in your beautiful music we will be patiently waiting your glorious return to center stage. ~ John Phelps & Family

I just found out the terrible news about your illness. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. I have loved your music for years and wish you the absolute best in this difficult time. You have lots of folks out here pulling for you!!! We love you! May God bless you and your family! Sincerely ~ Wanda Miley, Madison, MS

Yesterday I was painting my porch and listening to "The Innocent Age". I have believed for several years it is one of the most beautiful and profound albums ever recorded.I told myself I will be getting a copy of it for each of my 3 children and their families. It lifts up and treasures all I hold dear. Family and children and those who have gone before us and those who will come after. I resolved while listening to visit his website. There I learned of his health problems. My prayer for Dan and his family is for healing and full recovery. God's hand of peace has been on him always. God Bless. ~ Jim Dart, Holmes Beach, Fl

Dan the Man! For more than thirty years you have been a constant source of spiritual energy, a beacon, a compass point I've been drawn to in the search for my own true being ... All bullshit aside ... BEAT THIS, MAN!!! Your incredible talent, your gift ... has helped me through a thirty year naval career, a marriage, two wonderful children, and all that accompanies the aforementioned packages! The Navy managed to keep me from actually seeing you in concert until just a few years ago (go figure). We caught your solo, acoustic performance at the Florida Theater in Jacksonville, FL ... which, by the way ... had a playlist that to this very day, I consider the ultimate choice for a greatest hits album ... but that's just me. Anyway ... I'm giving you a direct order to BEAT THIS!!! ... Get well ... then ... at your leisure, of course ... get your narrow behind back on the road! Because I had tickets to see you again at the Florida Theater!!! My prayers are with you, my compadre! Warmest regards, ~ CWO4 Pat "Gunz" Walters, USN (ret)

Dan, Gosh, what do I say to a man whom I've been listening to since Home Free? May God grant you the serenity to deal with your illness with strength and hope. Our prayers are with you and your wife Jean. With all this praying going on, you will surely be on your way to a speedy recovery. Just know that there are thousands of people all over the world who were saddened with this news and that the prayer chain will grow stronger as the days pass. ~ Marion MacDonald, Harrisburg, PA

Dan and family - words cannot even begin to express what your music has meant to me in my life. I believe the first time I heard you in 1974, my heart forever changed. Your words and music have been a huge part of my life, through both the tough and great times.One of my best friends and I have had so many great times at your concerts, through all the years. I work in the medical field and have witnessed God's wonderful healing powers at work many times.And I'm praying for your physical healing and for you and your family strength and peace during your treatments. As always, I will be looking forward to new tours and your new music. God bless you and Jean and all of your family. Last week I was blessed to see you on KY Television for a full concert and once again fell in love with your music anew. Thanks for sharing your beautiful gift with me. ~ Jan in Ky

Dear Dan and family: As I read through the good wishes sent to you I tried to imagine how uplifting these words must be to you. What a blessing and a joy; especially during difficult times. I have all of you in my prayers as you and your family proceed through this challenge. At Indiana University, around 1976, I saw you in concert. You sat alone, but behind you was a semi-circle of guitars. It was evident you were good at what you do, plus, that you love what you do. In an article I read, you said you've known from an early age that you knew what you wanted to do. God has blessed you with a gift. About four years ago, as I sat waiting for my husband to have major tests done for a hereditary life-long heart condition (at 42), God took my eyes to Psalms 91 and 139. Those got me through. I've loved your music since High School; always will. You will have more strength through this than you think you will, and you will know where that strength has come from. God bless you and your wife. ~ Amy Stewart

Good Luck Dan, I saw you in the 70's in Wisconsin. I still love your music. Listening to you and playing your music made me a better musician and songwriter. ~ Michele

Dan, You are a remarkable person. Through your incredible gift of music, you have touched the lives of millions of people. Although I have been a great fan since 1974, I have never had the pleasure of meeting you, personally. From what I have read and been told over the years, you are a very private person and I can totally respect that. I can't explain it, but somehow I know that you are a kind, caring, and very spiritual person...because of this, I am sure that you will make a total recovery from your illness. From my family to yours: We wish you peace and harmony...our ongoing thoughts and prayers are with you and all your family members. We all look forward toward your recovery and to a return to "normalcy" in your life. ~ Clark- Houston, TX

Dear Dan, I am a cancer survivor so I know the trial that you are going through now. Take it from one who knows, use this time to heal relationships and be creative. During my time in chemo, I started to write. I am now a published writer. My first published piece was about the positive life changes that occur when one is a survivor - believe me when I say the sky will be more beautiful, the flowers more fragrant and all the little things in life (that used to be so annoying) won't matter as much. ~ Brenda Clemons

Dan- May you find what you need at this very moment.God bless you and keep you sheltered in his loving arms. You are the reason I have been playing guitar for 29 years -"PART OF THE PLAN" Inspired me so and inspired my art work. May God level and light your way......to Health and happiness. ~ Brian Peterson- Chicago

Hoping that things contine to go well for you, and hope that you'll be back touring. Your music got me through a very dark time in my life, I only wish I could do the same for you...Be well. ~ CBD

Dear Dan, My life has had many highs and lows, but none ever lower than the lost of my 2 year old daughter Skylur four years ago..... your music was definitely a big inspiration in the building of the "Skylur Fund" which has helped hundreds of children in our community and most importantly has helped to make some sense of such a tragic and painful event in my life!! My thoughts and prays are with you on hopefully a very speedy recovery. Your Friend and Fan ~ Peter Spagone

Dear Dan, Like many others I have been listening to your music for over 30 yrs. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this difficult time in your life. I can thoroughly understand the difficulty that illness brings to one's family, as both my parents have had cancer. I wish for you a full recovery, happiness and peace. In Gods love, Kathy - woodland park, Colorado

May God bless you and watch over you during this new journey of your life. My prayers are with you and your family. There is no doubt that you can beat this disease! Thank you for all the wonderful years of music and enjoyment you have given me. ~ Robera Ryerson, Peoria, IL

Dear Dan & Jean, I want to wish you and your family all of God's blessings and strength to help carry you this difficult time. Dan's music has meant so much to me and has always brought me comfort in difficult time. I wish there was some way I could return just some small piece of all the joy and hope that Dan's music has given me over the past 20+ years. Take care and God bless you and your family. ~ Brian D. Buick

Peace, I just wish you peace...

Dear Dan, I want to thank you for being a part of my life through your music for so many years. I saw you in Toronto, Canada, three years ago on your anniversary tour. You touched my heart with your music and I pray that your own heart will be filled with love, and that the strength that you have filled my life with will in turn strengthen you during your fight with cancer. I hope you enjoyed the roses-fresh then, but now symbolic for you to "RUN and WIN". Take good care and please get better. ~ Llynda Schaefer, Toronto, Can.

Dan our thoughts and prayers are with you. May the Phoenix rise through this test. ~ Karl Mull ..Brush,CO.

Dear Dan - I have loved your music and I am praying that your gift to the world will continue to grow in your music and spirit. I am sending this to you sitting beside my wife Cindy who turned me on to your music 20 years ago when we met. I thank her and our wishes are with your speedy recovery. We love you! ~ Ed & Cindy Gamble, Hazel Green, Al.

Dan's Lyrics have been an inspiration through good times and bad. I only wish I had a song to give back in gratitude. Please know that prayers for healing are sent your way daily and that all your fans hold a candle for you in our hearts- we will "Let it shine" until you are well again. Your strong spirit, obvious love of life and of course Jean- will get you through this! ~ Pat Colcord- 25 yr fan - Hopedale, MA

I was so touched when I came across your performance on soundstage. I had forgotten my college days began with listening to Dan Fogelberg. Everyone loved you. The songs brought back so many memories. I decided to check out your website and was so saddend to read about your illness. My prayers are with you. Please get well.

Dear Dan, I have been to every concert you have given in the Philadelphia area since I was 15 years old (and I am now 42!) . Through every tough moment in my life, I have pulled out your albums (and of course now I have updated to all your CD's) to get me through the bad days. I am not kidding when I say that my husband used to tease me that I loved you more than him sometimes... I say "used to tease me" because my husband, the heart of my heart, died of colon cancer last year and your music helped me to survive some of the darkest days of my life. I am saying a heartfelt prayer that you join the many survivors of cancer that I know ( and they are everywhere....) The treatment is tough but take the aggressive route and get rid of it fast so that you can come back to the Philly area sometime soon and I can sing my heart out with you at your concert! My prayers are with you and your family for the gift of a fast recovery and amazing support. Stay strong! Hugs ~ Maryann McCullough

Dan - your music has been a part of my life for over 30 years. I grew up in Palatine, and I know that my oldest brother used to see you in the bars - at least that is what he told me... while he was in college in Illinois. One of the first albums I owned was Home Free. I recently have felt the need to listen to the first albums, and wasn't sure why - thought I would see what you were up to on the Internet and saw the albums I have missed, the pages of info about your music and your most recent album, which I will now be looking to purchase. You were one of the first concerts I went to in Iowa City during the Innocent Age tour. I was hopeful that you would be on tour this year, and then read about your current medical situation. As you can already see from what others have posted, you are certainly in our thoughts and prayers - both you and your wife, Jean. I can only hope that with the best care, and your outlook on life, you will soon be past this part of your life, moving into a new phase of discovery, and music. Even though you have never met me, you have touched my life - gotten me through my first crush, my second crush, and also been a part of celebrations, too. Thank you for giving us your music. ~ Jean, Iowa City, Iowa

Dan: I remember years ago attending school with you. Time was so simple then and you have shown that simplicity in so many of your songs. My husband and I have enjoyed every concert here in Peoria. My father in law was the late Dr. Edward J. Schlicksup, a urologist in Peoria. He passed away in '78 of prostate cancer...the very thing he treated his patients for. Currently my husband and his six brothers are taking part in a study of prostate cancer in families with John Hopkins Univ. Our prayers are with you because we understand. Keep the faith as we all do. Continue to enjoy life, family and do what you love. Sincerely ~ Vicki Clemons Schlicksup

Dan: As a reclusive soul, I even reach those moments when I feel it necessary to contact others, especially those whose Life force is so strong, such as yours. Saw your special on PBS; Bought all your albums again. Only on CD. I won't repeat all of the compliments/concerns for your well-being. If you would please go to Urantia.org, I'm sure it will be blessing, if you haven't already been there.

Dan, I've been a fan since the beginning, and now my kids are fans. I brought my 10 year old to your last concert in Colorado. My family remembers you in our prayers at night, wishing you a speedy recovery. You have touched so, so, many lives with your gift of music, that I know all of our prayers will help you to a speedy recovery. Don't lose heart. All the best ~The Lucareli family

Sometimes we are dealt strange fates. There is a place in all of us where we can go and find the strength to carry on. Through family, friends and the beliefs we have in life we move forward. Life is an amazing journey and we are given challenges that can be faced, with actions rewarded.Take good care Dan Fogelberg and think with your chin up. You have given so much and there is so much left for you to give. I treasure your musical insights and trust in your healthful future.~Sarah

I was born and raised in Colorado but now live in Washington IL. So, we have places in common. I attended your last 2 concerts in Peoria and was at the Red Rocks concert also. Your music really speaks to me. Please know that your and your family are in my prayers. May God direct you to the people who can help you through this. ~ Maggie

Dear Dan, I am 74 yrs. old and have been a BIG fan of yours since my son introduced me to your wonderful music 30 years ago. Your lyrics are life lessons & poetry could not be more heart-warming than your words.The news of your illness has hit both of us very hard and please know that you will be in our prayers every day so that you may find the strength to deal with this blow. God watches over us all and never gives us tasks that we can't handle. It just takes faith and love and you have enough of both that I am sure you will be with us for a long time in order to continue giving all your fans the special gift of music that you share so lovingly. Be sure there will be millions of prayers for your well-being offered up every day by grateful music lovers the world over.~ Nancy Criss, Eastanollee, GA

Dan - Hope you know that your music and lyrics have meant so much to all of us. All we can return to you is our thoughts and prayers. To the "Leader of the Band" all our best for a speedy recovery.~ Mark & Debbie

You are one of the reasons I am a musician, Get well and keep makin' great tunes!!! ~Shannon Parker, Tennessee

Dear Dan, I first saw you perform in the late 1960's/early 70's in coffee houses (a coffee house?) in Champaign-Urbana when my close friend, Ellen was attending the U of Illionis. I thought that you were a wonderful songwriter & performer & that you would go far. (I remember you doing many originals, plus "If I Were A Carpenter" :-)) I was delighted when just about every original song I heard you play in Champaign-Urbana turned up on your first two albums! (Of course, I have just about all of the albums you've ever made!) I have seen you perform many times since those days. Most recently, another close friend, Mary, and I saw you at the Fox Theater in Redwood City.I can't begin to thank you for all the many wonderful memories I have of seeing you perform! Listening to your songs, no matter where I am, always lifts my spirits and has given me hope to carry on in some of the darkest times of my life. "Thank you" is not "enough"! Please know that Ellen, Mary & I are all praying for your full recovery! Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family! We hope that we will be seeing you perform live again before long! Please take care of yourself & keep up the good fight! Lots and Lots of Love & Prayers ~ Edie Pollock

Dear Dan, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May God give you strength and a full recovery. I had to let you know how much your music has touched my life. Since the early seventies when my older sisters brought home your albums, you have been my favorite artist. I would spend hours listening to your songs and truly feeling the emotions, and feeling at peace. When I went off to college in Boston you released The Innocent Age, wow what a comfort to play that album at a time when I was lonely and away from home. Over the years I have enjoyed each of your albums, their different styles, different emotions, and different messages. I now have a wife and three children (9, 6, and 1), we all enjoy your music together. My sons often ask me to play various songs, they love the stories such "Song for a Carpenter" and "Forefathers." Often times after a long busy day they will ask for "the morning song" to help them relax before bed. I have been fortunate enough to have seen you in concert at least ten times, the last few in Wallingford, Connecticut at the Oakdale. We were planning to bring the kids this time around but we'll have to wait for the next time you're in the area. Dan, we pray for you and your family, and we thank you for all you have given our family through your beautiful music. You are a gift! ~ Michael

Dan:My husband and I have been listening to your music since Fogelberg and Weisberg in the 70's.I also have undergone treatment for cancer (colon cancer) and know that it was a rough journey but one that I have come out of stronger and more blessed. May your journey also be blessed. Your music has been a constant source of beauty in my life and I just wanted you to know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Sincerely ~ Diane Klish,Willoughby, Ohio

Dear Dan, I think back to the 70's and remember the first album I bought with the most gorgeous guy I had ever seen on the cover. I still see the same young beautiful face & soul today when I look at you. Nothing can ever take away the feelings that your words, music, art & piercing eyes have brought to my life back then and especially in this past year. I have a 10 year old daughter named Cheyenne who was accidentally shot in the throat last October by another child. It was not an option to lose her & I let God know that! Our love, her strength and the love & prayers of everyone have given us all a second chance to appreciate this fragile life we've been given. She has fully recovered physically. Cheyenne loves your music & oddly enough "Part of the Plan" is her favorite song. You and your loving family are in our thoughts and prayers. Part of our plan is to keep you with us for many years and heartfelt songs to come. Dan, I believe that you are one of those special souls sent to help define life to those who have lost their way at one time or another. You have done this through your music. I'm sure you have wondered why you were given so much depth and the talent of 10 men. This was truly the plan of a higher being giving one man the power to touch so many lives in a way that he was unable to do. Well, you have done this and done it exceptionally well!! Time to take a break and reflect on all that you've given and know that you have so much more to give, starting with yourself & your precious loved ones. Dan, Thank you for being my guiding star through the many dark moments of my life! I've always believed I was named after a Saint so that I would someday be able to call upon God for special prayers to be answered like Cheyenne and you. He let me keep my baby girl and I promised him to touch the lives of others and I have chosen you as one for giving me so much for so long. So hurry back because I told Cheyenne I would take her to see you in concert and she has earned this special gift. God Bless You & Your Beautiful Family ~ Teresa

Dan, we all wish you all the best in a speedy recovery here at Warm 98 Radio in Cincinnati. We are dedicated to your music, and your presence in the music industry. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We know you will pull through this quickly! Sincerely ~ Chris Lynn and the Staff at Warm 98 - WRRM Cincinnati

Dan, May your recovery be swift and strong. ~ Paula

Dan: I played French Horn for your father at Pekin Community High School. I have quietly followed your career, and wish you well with your battle with prostate cancer. My thoughts and prayers are with you. ~ Wayne Coulter

Dear Dan, I recently fell prey to your greatest hits collection at Target. I have always had a fondness for your music. I love when I hear you on the radio, and looking through childhood memories it seems like your music is in the background of many of them. (Thanks mom and dad). I have always been a fan of singer/songwriters and I am a bit dissapointed that I reached the age of 32 before I was able to discover the musical and lyrical gifts you have. I am so enjoying the CD I purchased and proudly play it for all who enter my vehicle! You truly are a man among men. I am so thankful to have found that CD last month and have no intention of allowing you to slip into the background ever again. I wish you a speedy recovery and can only imagine how much more you have you have to offer the world of music. I will send good thoughts every day as I listen to your beautiful voice and lyrics! Thank youfor the music, and thanks for accepting a new fan 25 years late!!!! ~ Heidi S. Minneapolis, MN

Dan, Thank you for your wonderful and unique music and your astonishing voice and playing. I can't begin to tell you how much your music has meant to us throughout our lives and the powerful feelings it evokes, I wish you a full and speedy recovery from your illness."May the road rise to meet you and may the sun always be on your back." God bless from Dublin Ireland. ~ Patrick Kelly

Dear Dan - sorry to hear of your troubles - may the Lord bless and keep you and your family during this difficult time. Thank you for the many years of pleasure your songs and talent have given to me. ~ Julie Beyerlein

Best of wishes and good luck. Prayers ~ Pauline

Your music has touched so many souls, on countless occasions, and now it is our turn to reach back. You are in my thoughts and prayers. May my good thoughts and prayers "meet up" with all of the others and surround you in a cushion of comfort, and healing. I wish you strength to fight this, serenity and peace of mind, and ultimitely, healing. Look within during this and find the lesson in this, beat this, and become stronger because of this. There are cancer survivors walking among us every day, of which I am one, whom are greatful for having gone through their disease, for it has given them a new lease on life, a new way to prioritize their lives...it teaches you what is truly important. Godspeed to you, to your wife, and to your family. I WILL be at your next concert in Portland, OR...and you will be well. Godspeed, Mr. Fogelberg, Godspeed. ~ Mindy Johnson, Portland OR

Dear Dan: We were shocked and saddened to learn about your illness -- please know you're in our thoughts and prayers. I remember sharing so much joyful enthusiasm with another Fogelberg fan during my first exposure to "Souvenirs" in 1975. Since then I've bought every album and attended perhaps a dozen concerts, all the while celebrating your work and recognizing so much of it as a reflection of my own experience. Thank you for an adulthood's worth of beautiful, meaningful music and for sharing so much of your soul in the process of its creation. Best of luck, and God Bless. ~ Steve & Andrea Graves

Dear Dan, As an infant, my mother let me grow up to you, and I have never lost your inspiration to me . I don't know if you remember when, a child wrote a letter to you in crayon. That was me, and you sent a tape of Exiles. I was so excited, and I still hold that moment within. Phoenix is my all time favorite ,as well as Nether Lands. As far as what you are going through, I believe that you will persevere. On October 8th, 2005 I will experience the first time of marriage to my fiance Cilla, and I know that "Longer", will be played. I will always appreciate your music wherever my path takes me. Best Wishes ~ Matthew Yazel, Michigan City, Indiana

Annwyl Dan-Pob dymuniad da o Gymru--
Dear Dan very best wishes from Wales.I have been hugely influenced by your music since I first heard Souvenirs in '74 when I was 16 and I have not missed any of your albums since then. Thank you for your inspirational words and music-"may the music keep your spirits high" (as JB said) on your road to recovery. ~ TUDUR MORGAN,Musician,Ynys Môn,Gogledd Cymru/North Wales.

A wise man once wrote: 'Traveling pilgrim, rest for the night; Sup with the Savior;And drink of his Light...' A little rest along with the right food and drink can cure a multitude of ills. All the best, Dan and Jean.~ bj

I'm listening to my favorite CD right now The Innocent Age and thinking about how we all would like to think we have a purpose to our lives and that we make a difference. Your music touches me and that's the most holy thing we can do in life--touch people in their hearts. I hope that you have peace, wholeness, joy and the knowledge that this physical existence is such a small part of who we are. You have my prayers that all goes well and that you are comforted and supported and healed. ~ Nancy Hamlin

Dear Dan, I just wanted to say, I have never heard a more beautiful voice in my entire life. What you have to say in your songs and the way you convey it through your music is most inspirational. I wish you all the strength that God can give you. Bless you and thank you for sharing your music with the world. One of your most devoted fans, take care ~ Laraine Baker Buck, Salisbury MD

Dan, I picked up a copy of Souvenirs in 1974 and have been a fan ever since. You have blessed our lives with beautiful and sensitive music for so long and we love you. I am praying for you! With God all things are possible!! We all look forward to more wondeful music. God bless you. ~ Fred from NJ

Dan, I was sorry to here of your illness, life presents us with challenges that we reluctantly have to accept and what cannot be cured has to be endured but every cloud has a silver lining and there will be light at the end of this dark tunnel. You are fortunate to have your family, close friends and those like myself who have appreciated your artistic talents since the early Seventies. God is a powerful friend in times of distress. ~ Gerard Campbell, Omagh Ireland.

Dan, I am by far your biggest fan; since the age of 14 and now I'm 47. I'm a survivor of a ruptured aneurysm at the age of 44. I still sing and play piano with my right hand and just walk with a limp. I believe you will pull through this as well. I have seen all of your concerts and have all of your music on CD's now. Since I was given the gift of music myself, which has pulled me through the recovery phase after my aneurysm, I must tell you thank you and may God grant you the peace that He has given me. Remember the "footprints in the sand story" in times of trouble. It helps me. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your music with me. ~ Cindy Fabian

Dear Dan, I don't know how I would have gotten through my teenage years without your music and lyrics to sustain me. Now my teenage daughter (15) is a fan also. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and family. I pray that you will have strength, continued faith in God and your doctors, and good spirits. I look forward to hearing something new from you when you feel better. Best Wishes ~ David, Beth, Leslie and Josh

Dan, Sorry to hear of your recent illness. Wishing you a very speedy recovery. Stay strong and stay focused. All the best to you and your family. ~ Joel Green (longtime admirer of your work)

Dan, I wish for you strength, patience and hope during your recovery . A guitar playing friend of mine gave me Home Free in 1981 and I became an instant fan. Your music has been a source of strength to me over the years and I hope that now, we your fans, can give something back to you. Speedy recovery and all my thoughts and prayers go out to you. ~ Michael Bowerman, Denver CO

Dear Dan, The recent news of your situation saddens me but I truly believe you have the strength to get through this, then you will flourish with music about your experience. Peace and love ~ Valerie Brooks

Dan: Thanks for the music. I am looking forward to the next 25 years' worth. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Continue the journey you began on the Spirit Trail and all will be well. ~ Tim, Tigard, OR

Dear Dan, Back in 1976, in Rockford, IL at a coffee house called 'Charlotte's Web' I had the pleasure of meeting you and sharing a dance. Little did anyone know back then just how far your talent and ability would take you. Over the years your fans have connected with peace, kindness and love through your music. Thank you for sharing your gift with the world. Lance Armstrong beat it and so will you. You still have much important work to do here and a precious family that needs you. It's been 2 1/2 years since I beat breast cancer. Technology and research are moving at break-neck speed. Your cure is here for you, too. ~ Roxanna (Johnson) Trinka, Boca Raton, FL

You are truly one of my all time favorites...I think it all started back when I was in Jr. High, and I took private flute lessons from your father in a little "closet-type" room in the Pekin Mall. It was at that time when your ever famous "Leader of the Band" first aired. Every single week your father would talk to me about how much that song meant to him, and tears would fill up his eyes as he spoke about you and the beautiful gift you gave to him with this harmonious tribute. Since then I've been "hooked." I have even been quite fortunate to see you many times in concert when you visit the Peoria area....can't wait for your next visit!!!

Besides my full-time professional position, I also spend a great deal of my personal time as a volunteer for the American Cancer Society...and I was excited to see a link to its website on your webpage..such a valuable resource for anyone who wants the most current information about cancer...including clinical trials, programs and services, advocacy efforts, education, research, and ways to get involved in the crusade against cancer.Its survivors just like yourself that keep me motivated to continue my work with such a wonderful organization. You became a survivor the instant you heard those words from your doctor...and your positive attitude, your faith in the medical community, and the love and support of your family and friends will see your through this journey of survivorship.

I encourage all who admire and adore you as a talented songwriter and performer to experience an American Cancer Society Relay For Life in their respective areas...and light a luminaria in your honor so that the whole country is filled with the "Hope" of a healthier life for you and all cancer survivors as we continue this fight against cancer. Dan, I can certainly promise that there will always be a luminaria brightly glowing with your name on it around the Peoria Stadium track each June as we host the Relay For Life of Peoria. Friend in the Fight ~ Jill Finnegan, Wyoming, IL

When I first learned of your illness, I felt as though this was effecting a dear old friend. I have followed your music since 1973, and your music has been a constant in my life. The world is a better place because of your music, so maybe a dear old friend isn't so far fetched. You are in my prayers, as are your loved ones. I pray that you are completely healed, both spirtually, and physically. Your music has healed many broken hearts, and has allowed so many of us to view life in a way that was gifted to you from above. May you be blessed. ~ Sam

Dan, I wish I had just the right words to give you comfort the way that you have given me through the many years of your music. I've been wanting to write for quite some time since I've heard of your recent illness but feel that my words are just not quite adequate. Even so, I feel compelled to tell you of the many prayers and thoughts that I have sent your way since I heard of your diagnosis. I can't tell you how much your music has inspired me personally and professionally. I know that you have a love for visual arts which is the path that I chose. I am presently an Art Director at Hallmark Cards and through my years of growth as an artist, your music has always been close to my soul and has always served as a great inspiration to me. I hope that, at the very least, you can feel the hope, love and strength that I and many others are sending your way through this time of trial. We are all in this thing together. ~ Cara Lankard, Kansas City

To Dan: I remember the first time I heard "Scarecrow's Dream" on the radio. It was 1977 and I was 14 years old. I will never forget hearing you sing that song. Since then, your music has been with me - vinyl to CDs. I bought my first used guitar this year at a shop in Austin, TX. It is a Martin&Co. 00-15 Mahogany Top Grand Concert. The chords I know: G, A, E, C, D, Am, and F (kind of hard). Tonight I'm listening to "Souvenirs" and I need to get F, Bb, and Fmaj7. I want to learn songs from Nether Lands and Innocent Age next even though I love all your songs. Please get better and stay strong. Peace ~ Terena

Dan, God bless you. You are a familiar spirit. God loves you and is well pleased with the way you have expressed your gift. You have heard His melodies. You have felt His heartbeat. Keep listening. He is not finished. Your work is not done. With His love ~ Steven Reese

Dan, I loved your music from the very first time I heard your voice in the mid 70's. Your music has been enjoyed through the years and your concerts have been some of my best memories. I will never forget going to the concert in Boulder for my 21st birhtday in 1981, it was just you and your guitar and it was beautiful..I know you will recover from your illness and I am looking forward to many more albums from you. God Bless Dan and thanks for the music.

Dear Dan - Like thousands of other loyal fans, I too have enjoyed your musical gift since the late '70's. My family is well aware "Nether Lands" is my favorite song of all time. My thoughts and prayers are extended to you and your wife. I tell my daughter every morning "Make it a good day today". I wish the same for you. You are loved in Wisconsin. ~ JP from Holmen.

Dear Dan, I know you'll pull through this prostate cancer thing. I'm sure it's scary right now with the treatment and all, but prostate cancer is virtually curable if treated in the early stages. I'll put in more than a few good words with the Creator on your behalf. Now that my husband and I live in Colorado, we were hoping to catch one of your concerts, especially if you do some local venues. But for now, just focus on getting through this and back to good health. Be WELL!! ~ Nina Wampler, Pine, CO

Hi Dan, I was laying in bed last night and turned on Oregon Public Broadcasting and there you were singing "Part Of The Plan" and "Full Circle".I have all your music. I saw you at the Arlene Schnitzer Hall back in the early 90's in Portland Oregon. I have loved all your music and listen to it all the time in my car driving my children to school and back.. I had to have your Christmas album, it fits in perfectly for the holidays. When I got on your web site to see if you were coming back to Portland Oregon any time soon and to see if you had any new albums out I saw that you were fighting prostate cancer. I had no clue you were ill. I'm praying for you, and I wish you and your family all the best in the coming months, and everything that life has to offer. ~ Cynthia Bradford

Dan, I've been a fan since the 1970's and am a University of Illinois alumni. I too have had battles with cancer. I wish you all the best in your recovery and I look forward to seeing you on the road again sometime. As a guitar player myself, I have always loved your songs and your work. Good luck with your treatment and recovery. ~ Steve

My name is Stephen Bauer. I am a 46-year-old attorney practicing in Portland, Oregon.I treasure my Dan Fogelberg LP's and spin them on my old stereo's phonograph often. Just last night (9-23-04) I caught an appearance by Dan on public television's SOUND STAGE. I do not keep up with people in the public eye, even my favorites, and was surprised and pleased to see him (of course, I don't know the age of the program). Today (9-24-04) I went searching for information on Dan on the Net and regretted to run into the news of his prostate cancer. I am profoundly saddened to hear of this. However, having done battle with my own share of physical demons (the pain of reading a detailed list of the same, I will spare the reader), I'm here to say that such wars can be won! So, Dan, good luck, every good wish and prayer, and go do what you gotta do to beat this. ~ Steve Bauer, Portland OR USA

Hi Dan..Prayers are being said for you out here on the San Diego. We missed seeing you this summer at Humphreys but you were not scheduled this year...that's always something I look forward to. I will be looking forward to seeing you out here again when you are up and running once again. The Lord will walk you through this...He has a plan for each and every one of us and just know that He is walking right beside you through this journey. ~ Cheri

Dan Your music has given me many precious moments in my life, including our wedding song. Sending you healthy thoughts and prayers during this time and wishing you many more precious moments in your life. ~ BJ, Edmonton

Dan, Please be strong and believe that you will get through this. I know in my heart you will soon be touring again, mostly because I have not had the privilege of seeing you perform in person and there is no one whom I'd like to see more than you. Your music and mostly your wonderful lyrics have been an inspiration to me and I strongly believe that nobody in my 55 years of listening to music has ever written more touching lyrics than Dan Fogelberg. ~ Bob Graves, Most appreciative fan

Growing up in Peoria, I have long been a fan of yours. I had the wonderful opportunity to meet your Mother when I treated your Grandmother, Nan, after she broke her ankle. You have a great deal of strength in your genes and I know you will fight hard to beat this illness. May you have a short and successful battle, and bring us many more years of your wonderful songs! ~ Carol-- Green Bay, WI

Dear Dan and Family, How can someone like me tell Dan Fogelberg all that he as a singer has meant to me? Dan, through the years, put his emotions, travels, good times, hard times, and heartaches into his music and really has touched the lives of many, including myself. When this world gets crazy and I need an emotional rescue, "The Sand And The Foam" runs through my fondest memories. When I have a heartbreak, "Same Old Lang Syne" Favors my thoughts. Every day dramas spark our memories as well as the music of Dan's. I wrote a song called "All That Was Good" and Dan is my inspiration in the lyrics. Keep fighting my friend, you are here for a reason and the reasons are many. You are in my prayers and my thoughts. ~ Bob

Dear Dan, Your music has comforted me since I was 12! I still have the original "Nether Lands" LP! I heard of the cancellation a few months ago because I had tickets to go. I'm sending all my heartfelt wishes and blessings to you both ! Be Blessed ! ~ Sue/GraWolfe, Torrington, CT

I was listening to your music just now and, therefore, went on your website to find out if you were touring. That's where I read about your illness. I have added a prayer on your behalf the prayers of others for your health. Your music has always touched my heart. The guitars, the lyrics,everything. It's beautiful. As your music has blessed others, may God bless you and your family. ~ Susan Wilkes

Dan, It is hard to put into words how you have influenced the trajectory of my life. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family now - and always. ~ Jeri

You have been a great inspiration to me since 1975. I started listening to Home Free in college and have never stopped. Your music and lyrics helped me through every event of my life- tragic and joyous. Please know my prayers and thoughts are with you. For all you've done for me - hopefully this little whisper will not go unheard- Be well ~ Sue

Dear Dan, My prayers are with you and I know that God will bring you through this situation and bless you abundantly, as he always does. May his healing hand and favor be upon you. God Bless, Bob Troyer

Dan: My thoughts and prayers are with you always. I'm hopeful that you will be victorious in the difficult struggle that lies ahead. Your music inspired me to become an acoustic guitarist/vocalist in the early 70's, and to this day I still play "Gypsy Wind", "Part of the Plan", and "Leader of the Band" in my shows. I wish you the best. Respectfully ~ Jeff Cusack, Sebago, Maine

Dear Dan, it was in 1974 at the tender age of 18, that I heard you for the first time.To say that I was impressed and moved is the understatement of the century.At the time I was playing bass and singing in a rock band and was so inspired by you that the lead guitarist and I split off and started playing acoustic gigs. We called ourselves "Westwind" and were moderately successful on a local level. Since then I have been a huge fan and have gotten tremendous enjoyment out of all of your music. In the process of planning a trip to Denver in October to visit family, I went into your website to see if you were maybe performing somewhere nearby and was deeply saddened to read about your illness. Dan, I wish you strength through this hard time, a speedy recovery and a long and happy life shared with those you love. You are in my thoughts and prayers. ~ Randy Mann, Frankfurt, Germany

My prayers are with you, your songs are so beautiful, I really enjoy them. May God's healing grace be with you. ~ Joanna, Ohio

Dan, My thoughts and prayers are with you. I lived in Peoria in the late 60's and early 70's and then moved to Boulder in 1972. Your music has had a profound affect on my life throughout all these years.From Red Rocks and the little bars in Nederland and around Boulder to the biggest stages around the country I have been lucky enough to have enjoyed your live performances. I used to love when the rumors that you might show up to play in some small club around Boulder would circulate around town and we would run to the club hoping you might play that night.I know you are going to be just fine. Keep your faith and your sense of humor. Thanks so much for the music, your wisdom and all the fun. I look forward to seeing you back on stage soon. All the best to you and your family. ~ Mark Bonn

Thank you for the beautiful, healing melodies that help keep us in touch with feeling our emotions, and the lyrics that remind us to dream. Many blessings of care, affection and love to you Dan, and to your wife, family and friends at this time. Best Wishes ~ Mikel W.

Hello, In 1972, I went to a Van Morrison Concert at the new music hall in Tucson. A group call Batdorf and Rodney were also on the ticket for the evening. I attended the concert primarily to see Batdor & Rodney because I had gone to high school with one of the members. When the stage opened up, a young man came out to address the audience. I thought he was from the local radio station that was putting on the concert. He talked about how excited he was to be here tonight and was looking forward to Van. And then, he sat down at the piano and begin to play some songs from an album that had not yet been released. This young man played for some time, and by the time he was concluding his set, I had already knew he was something special. When he left the stage, he said his name was Dan Fogelberg. I wrote his name down immediately and told my girlfirend that this was someone special. Two weeks later, I was sent to Vietnam. That's the way it was in those days. I was in the Air Force and that was my fate in life. I served in a special operations unit that recovered downed pilots who had the misfortune of being shot down. Needless to say, it was not an easy job, and when I was disabled in a mission, I was done with my duty and sent home to recover from my wounds. When I got out of the hospital, I went to see my family and friends, of course, and I also went to see if there was an album by a new artist call Dan Fogelberg. Sure enough, there in record racks, was the album, so I bought it. I went back to Tucson and my girlfriend with that album and have enjoyed the music that Dan has produced ever since. I would just like to say that his work has defined a generation who grew up in the 70's, at least for me. It is my hope that the concerns of the present will resolve in a positve manner and you will have a swift recovery.I offen listen to your music when things are complicated, and I have to admit, I brings me back to a simpler time, when the important emotions we all live with are expressed in such a meaningful way. Get well, we need your expression of life and hope. Kindest regards ~ Steven Nelson, Tucson, AZ

Dear Dan: I've been a big fan since meeting you during the Red Herring days in Urbana. I was a bartender at Chances R at the time. I have seen you several times at Humphrey's in San Diego in the past few years. You are partly the inspiration for my learning to play guitar and write songs, although not professionally. It pleases me, and that's all that matters. But your songs please millions, and that matters a lot. You have many more of life's experiences to pen for us. Keep them coming. Praise Heaven, and fight like hell. ~ Bob Elledge, San Diego.

You have touched my life with your music. I often told people about you...about your music and that you were indeed a poet. But then I heard you say in an interview that you did not think of yourself at all as poet...that you were a lyricist. My wonderful father passed away from prostate cancer in February of this year. My father fought the illness for 8 years and died at age 79. I truly hope that you are able to fight any further spread of the disease and live another 30 years (at least!). ~ Kathleen

Dear Dan - It's been a long time since I had the honor to provide tech support for your concert to benefit the Downwind Downstream Foundation at the Wheeler Opera house in Aspen. Of all the nights I spent in the company of the great and near-great on that stage, that one was one of the most special to me. At the time, your music, and especially your lyrics of such emotional depth and breadth, had for many years been speaking to my heart and soul in a way few others have. I have treasured each of your musical gifts since then, and have strived to bring your sensitivity and high standards of production into my own "poor attempts" to speak to others with my own music.

May your path ahead be bathed in light, may you find the strength of body and spirit to pass through this challenge, and may you go on sharing your inspiration with all of us who have been so blessed by it for so long, for many years to come. Blessings on you and your loved ones, ~ David Troxel, Albuquerque, NM - "Not all those who wander are lost..." - Tolkien

As a long-time fan and after-work guitar player/collector, I was in the process of buying one of your instruments (1950 lap steel) from George Gruhn in Nashville. While awaiting the D.F. signed letter that comes with the instument, I was floored to learn of your illness and felt compelled to send my sincere prayers and support. You have been a tremendous influence on my playing style over the years, but I've always been amazed at your unique ability to identify with people through your lyrics and melody. Truly a God given talent few artist possess. I hope and pray that you will fully recover and trust that you will. My best ~ Dale Latimer, Gulfport MS.

Dan: As a longtime fan, I was saddened to read of your diagnosis. I send my prayers to the powers that be that you experience a complete and speedy recovery. It is far too soon for the world to lose such talent, and the music and memories it brings. Faith, love, and hope to you and yours. Madly dancing ~ Alice Q., Sacramento, CA

Dan, You have been my hero since the beginning. Your music and a glass of wine, has always been a healing supplement. I know the Goddess still has work for you here and we still have need for all the spirituality that comes through your words in music. I love you, your music and the spirit you have become. Get well soon....peace ~ Sharon Gordon (a devoted, native colorado fan, hope to see you soon at the rocks).

I have never written to a well-known singer/songwriter before. I just wanted all to know that I have always loved Dan Fogelberg's music. I've gone to powerful concerts, sung along with almost every song he has come out with, and have purchased most of his albums. My prayers go out to him and to all of his family. God bless you all. ~ Ana Welch

Dan, good luck. ~ Mike

Dear Dan, I just heard the news and my heart sunk. I want you to know that my prayers (which are pretty powerful as of late) are with you. You are like a member of my family. I have video tapes of my children playing on the new jersey shore with you playing in the background. I have seen you many times in concert over the years and always blessed by seeing you. The last time I saw you was in Glenside, Pa with my 2 daughters. It is something they will never forget. They cried through the entire concert because it was the music that was played around the house and on trips. They were a captive audience. After being married for 23 years my husband left for another --- and he had her hand me the Exiles CD (should have seen that coming but love is always the last to know). The running theme song of my life is I have these moments so steady and strong etc..Your words have taught me many things - watching the world through windows--I now live in one of the most beautiful places on earth-Clearwater Fla.--no more watching the world through windows but through the eyes of pelicans and dolphins and egrets and loggerhead turtles --heaven on earth for me ....may I offer you this piece of hope. He will never leave you or forsake you. Hey Dan there is an Eden - a heavenly gate- that you're gonna make it to one day. My prayers are with you and your family----laughter and prayer are two good medications that will aid in your trial. Peace be with you brother. Love ~ Carol

Dan, I saw you in concert for the first time when I was 16. It was the only gift I received from my parents that year. My dad had been laid off from Caterpillar when I was 14, and we had been living on the savings that they had. It was December, 1984 the noise bleed section of the Civic Center, but it was the best present I ever got from them. Thanks for all the wonderful music. I have literally grown up on it, and hope to grow old on it too. I have seen you every time that you have been in Peoria, have traveled to see you, but that first concert was my favorite. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. ~ Renee Chillicothe, IL

Dan, I've been a fan as long as I can remember. Your music has always been there for me during the best and the worst times of my life, and for that I say thanks. Please know that my prayers are with you as you face these difficult times. Nearly 3 years ago my husband was diagnosed with a very aggressive form of Leukemia and was only given a 10% chance of survival. Well, nearly three years and a stem cell transplant later, his doctors say he is cured. We have been very blessed and truly see the "Magic Every Moment." May that same "magic" touch you and yours. Best wishes ~ Jolene

Thoughts and prayers are with you. You music has brought so much to my life.~ Carolyn Wilson

Dear Dan: I enjoyed watching your perform recently on PBS and have purchased your CD The Very Best of Dan Fogelberg. Thank God for your talent and for sharing it with others. You are truly brilliant. I wish you the best of luck with your illness and will keep you in my prayers. You have my admiration. I will be checking the website to see how you are progressing. Please know that you are loved by many. Peace. love and prayers from Peggy in Ohio

Blessings to Dan and Family. Especially for Dan. I pray daily for Dan's complete and best recovery. And for strength and needed fortitude and peace.Many are with you in prayer and thought. YOU, Dan are loved so so much. I believe in my heart, you will soar above this. The world is richer because of your gifted music. Best, Agape ~ Veronica, Grand Junction, CO

Dear Dan, I'm planning on you getting better fast - but don't rush back to work just for us. Enjoy this time off, heal, and allow the muse to vist you. In the meantime, I'm continuing to listen to your songs for guidance and support. Then when you're better, we're planning one big rock and roll party across the U.S.A. for you! ~ Scott, New York City

Dan, It is a very special gift to be able to effect and inspire so many lives in this world.God has a purpose for all of us and he certainly led you to yours.To read what these people are writing to you shows the caring goodness in people's hearts.I have seen you play many times through the years.Most remembered at the celebrity theater in Phoenix. Wow, what great memories.Be well my friend in music that is life. ~ John

Dan, Wow, I know these positive and powerful messages sent to you by so many people have brought you comfort and strength. I would like to add mine: your gifts of music and words have brought depth and meaning to my life as well as so many others. Your talent has been celebrated on these pages. Let us embrace you now as we hope and pray for you. Just saw your performance on PBS and was moved by the emotion you showed as you sang and played your beautiful music. I felt it myself. I heard it in your voice. Ever on Dan, and godspeed to you and yours. Wishing you love, peace, and joy ~ Wanda from Charlotte, NC

Dear Dan, While searching the web, I ran across your website and learned that you are fighting cancer. I'm just a long time fan... let's see, it's been about 25 years ... is that even possible? Your music shaped my life and filled my heart as I was coming of age, and the song "Stars" still moves me to tears, as do many of your songs. Please find Mark Nepo's book - The Book of Awakening - to help heal your soul. Mark is a cancer-survivor and his words were a source of great comfort to me after my daughter survived a battle for her life that lasted for two years. I have given it as a gift for years to people in difficult circumstances. My mother, now 80 years old, has fought cancer three times since 1975 and survived. My prayer for you is not only to survive, but to thrive. My heart is with you ~ Laura Biddle-Bruckman

Dear Dan, You and your music have been such an incredible inspiration to me and my wife Dara. May the Lord watch over you and your family during this difficult time and may you have comfort in knowing that we are all praying for your recovery. I am looking forward to hearing that beautiful voice again soon. Always ~ Coddy Pena

Dan: My wife and I are very saddended to hear of your illness, as a Breast Cancer survivor she feels a special closeness to your on going challenge. I first went to see you in Arlington Tx I believe in 1975 or 1976 and you had to cancel due to food poisoning. I do not believe my wife and I have missed a concert you have played in the Dallas Ft. Worth area since that cancellation at UTA (University Texas/Arlington). We have each release you have ever made and can honestly say a week does not go by that I do not listen to one of your releases in the car. My personal favorite is Captured Angel. Our thougths and prayers are with you and your family, May the "spirit mother" be with you always. ~ L&K

Dear Dan: I have been a devoted fan of your music since the mid 70's. There's a soul and a beauty in your music that can move me to tears. It saddens me deeply to know that you are battling with advanced prostate cancer. I'm sure this is a very challenging time for both you and your family. You have given so much to so many through your words and lyrics. I would like to give you hope. My father-in-law had advanced prostate cancer. His PSA was around 200 --- "off the charts" --- and he has had a complete remission. His PSA is now 2. In addition to more traditional treatment, my Mother-in-law put my "Dad" on a complete regimen of supplements including pygeum and saw palmetto and I believe, shark cartilage. In a good book on Nutritional Healing, you will be able to get a more complete overview of what to try. Your devoted fan, ~ Nancy Follis Wilms

Dan, I am a Viola-player from Salzburg, Austria and a longtime fan of your music. I am very shocked about this diagnosis, so all I can do is pray for you and hope, that the good Lord will take care of you. I am sure you are strong enough to win this race!!! My thoughts are with you. All my best wishes from Austria ~ Werner Christof

Dear Dan, For 32 years I have literally lived by our music. In the 60s I was dedicated to the Byrds and Buffalo Springfield. Then in 1972, while I was driving down the road I heard a song that captivated me "Looking for a Lady." About a week later I heard "Stars." Never had I heard music that touched me like yours did, and to this day I still never have. I play and sing (sing well, play not so good) but any honest musician would be humbled by your talent. You are one of the  most versatile musicians in the world and in "my" opinion the greatest lyricist of our time. Nobody writes with your depth; Home Free, Nether Lands, The Innocent Age (my favorite) and Full Circle are all definite demonstrations of that fact. My wife and I were at the Grove in Anaheim CA when you did your 30 years on the road tour. I was spell bound, especially when you sang "The Reach," it was incredible! When you sang "To The Morning" my wife said she saw tears in your eyes making it much more special, she realized why I am so captivated by your music. We have introduced so many people to your music. We want to continue to do that and always will Dan. No one could write about nature the way you do and not realize there is a creator. As you love the Rocky Mountains, I love the Sierra Nevada in CA. I never feel closer to my creator then when I'm there. In the bible, James 1:13 says "God does not try anyone with evil things." The things that befall us in this world are just that, things of the imperfect world. 2 Corinthians 1:3 says "God is The Father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort." We can talk to him and he will give us strength to endure our trials. Well, enough of my sermon. We love you dearly and hope for your complete recovery. There have been, and are, many talented singer-songwriters in this world, but there in only one Dan Fogelberg, and I doubt there will ever be another.Stay with us brother, we love you. ~ Jim and Ruth, Cathedral City, CA

Dan, Enjoy the inspiration of your surroundings in God's Country to restore your mind and body. I was inspired recently to start listening to your music again. I was going through some rough times, and your music & lyrics have since had a healing effect on my soul. May the beauty & inspiration you've brought to the lives of others come back to you. God bless. ~ Karen

Hello Dan, In 1978 ( I was 14 years old) I was given your Home Free Album...that was the beginning of my life long love of your music! Your words and passions have played a very big part in my life, the music has followed my every step, when I was living in joy you have been there, when things were really difficult you have been there. I am now 40 years old and have seen you in concert many times and I still love turning people on to your music, even after all this time. One of my mantras since last year has been your incredilble song "Icarus Ascending". THAT SONG IS BRILLIANT, everyword speaks to me...thank you! "You have been given the most sacred of gifts You must be fearless now and follow." I am a CranioSacral Therapist and work many days with my hands on people and believe so strongly in magic & miracles, I send you healing energies from far away and send love to you and your family and friends. Many Blessings! ~ Denise Kaley

One of my fondest memories involves a fairly large group of Park Service friends, back in 1980, gathered together one night around a campfire in Mineral King, Sequoia National Park. We spent hours passing the guitar and singing Dan Fogelberg songs. Someone in the group knew any piece requested; I don't think we missed a single song, Home Free and on. I was one of the players, delighted to know so much of the music we all loved and so enjoyed sharing. The circle was one of great peace, pleasure and unequaled companionship.

I'm sure stories like mine are innumerable but precious, each and every one. This is what you have shared with the world--connection, light and joy beyond what you might really imagine. May that light shine back on you now, empowering, healing and comforting you and your family. That is my prayer for you, Dan--that as you have been a source of giving, you may receive in kind. You hold a special, dear place in my youth and my heart.With Much Love ~ Mary

Hi Dan... I just wanted to wish you the best and thank you for all the great music I've been able to share with my friends... legally, of course :-) I know that you and your family have a battle on your hands, but it's definitely winnable. From another Dan born on August 13 ~ Dan Arthur

Hello from Illinois, actually Peoria. Been a big fan forever. Graduated from PHHS in 74, so know a few of the same people that you've known. Hope the best for you and prayers are abundant. Never done this, but sure do have to do it for a homeboy. All the best for you, and the whole fam damily. ~ Janet

Dan, I am feeling sad at the news of your health situation and I believe you can get well. My grandfather passed on the night of the Eagles-Hotel California tour in my town and he had the same cancer. A year or so later, I found a ragged LP of Nether Lands in my local library and have been a fan since. I had been playing guitar for a short time and was just getting my chords down when I listened to it. I loved it!! Phoenix and The Innocent Age got me thru my twenties and I still play them. I am up to 10 guitars and your music has helped my keep playing. I wish you and your family the best. Never stop ~ Kenny-Portsmouth, Va.

Dear Dan ~ You are one of my favorite artists. My husband and I went to see you when we were at the University of Texas at Austin back in 1982. We had just met in an elective class called “The History of Rock ‘n Roll 1969 to the present” (he was majoring in Engineering and I was majoring in Accounting—you could say it was just fate). I had bought a ticket, but he had better seats, and happen to have two tickets, so we went together and had a super time! We have been married now over 21 years, and he still plays a lot of your acoustic tunes on his 12 string Martin guitar.

I love so many of your songs that I cannot pick just one as a favorite. Recently, I mentioned your name to my boss, and he said he had seen you in concert six times. Later, he brought in a tape of your ‘Dan Fogelberg Live-Greetings from the West’ concert; I enjoyed watching the tape. I rarely search the web, but I found your website, and I was shocked and heart broken when I read of your illness, but things will work out. We wish you the very best and you will be in our prayers. Thank you for all the wonderful and beautiful music you have given us and will continue to give us in the years to come. Take care and heal very soon. ~ Sean and Maria Childress, The Woodlands, Texas

Dan- My sister first turned me on to you- it had to be 25 years ago. I have remained a fan since then. I'm originally from Massachusetts but have lived in upstate NY for the past 18 years. I live in proximity to the Turning Stone Casino and have seen every show you have done there. Of course I was saddened to hear of your cancer. That f'-ing disease took the life of my mother, my uncle and my best friend. Don't let it get you too. Fight with all you've got. We'll all be waiting for you. Sincere wishes. ~ Anne.

Dan: Now it's time for your fans to make you feel better! My thoughts and prayers are with you. I have been a fan for a very long time and have plans to be a fan for a long time to come! Take care of yourself and do everything your doctors and health care professionals tell you. ~ K. McAdoo

Hey Dan, Your music and voice has in truth, been the soundtrack of our lives. We pray for you and send you angels to guard you with healing thoughts and strength. You are a part of all of us. Jean, you have your own special angel here on earth, but lean on the angels from heaven and those of us who pray for you both. Much love to you, Dan and Jean. ~ Patrice in STL

Dear Dan - You made such a difference in my life. Take good care of yourself and please, come back as soon as you are ready.All my prayers go to you and you loved ones. ~ Chris Lemay, Montreal, Quebec Canada

Best wishes for a speedy and full recovery. Music is a great healer, so I know that you will be fine. Your music has been a great support for me throughout the years so it is with great sincerity that I offer words of support to you. Another step along the Spirit Trail. Ever On...~ Bryan Adkins

Dan ~ "Keep your face to the light and you will see no shadow" Peace and Blessings to you and yours. ~ Pamela - in beautiful Oregon

Dan, I have been a fan of your music for about 20-25 years. I was shocked to read about your cancer, but it sounds like you are attacking with everything you've got. Here is a prayer wishing a speedy recovery! You music has been an inspiration all these years, I hope this message inspires you to get better. ~ Alex, San Diego CA

You're in my prayers on a daily basis. Thanks for all the beautiful music over the years. As a mobil DJ...I have always played and will continue to help promote your music in anyway I can. Peace and God bless you and your family. Sincerely ~ Chris, Rhythm Productions, Caro, Michigan

Dear Dan, I'm a long-time appreciative listener to your lovely music, which has been an encouragement, inspiration, and carried me through many difficult days.I am sorry you're going through this valley - my prayers are with you, and your family. May God bless and carry you all through this difficult time. ~Kami Borg, Washington State

I wish you the best and will say a prayer for you. Your music has always been an inspiration to me for the last 3-decades. I too have been through the Prostate Cancer ordeal and have managed to survive after surgery at the age of 51. I was first diagnosed two years ago and after radical surgery, so far so good. Thank you for all of the great music and soul stirring lyrics. May God be with you and yours, and grant you the strength to endure these tough times. Sincerely ~ Brian Ashby, Clear Channel Outdoor, Tucson, Arizona

For more than thirty years you and your music have been more a way of life to us than just music. Like our wine collection, your music is one of the few things from this life wish we could take with us when we depart. We hope to see you again soon.Best Wishes ~ Del and Sandy Blundell, Granbury, Texas

Dear Dan, Our paths never crossed, but your music has always touched my heart. I attended Pekin Community High School and knew your father through school. The kids always respected him for his knowledge and firm discipline. I send my wishes to you for sunnier days ahead. ~ Mary Kelley

Dear Dan, I am so sorry to hear of your illness. I am deeply confident that you have the strength and courage to overcome your disease. I have enjoyed your music since the early 70's and my wife and I have been to your concerts many times. I was just checking for any upcoming shows in the Midwest when I saw that your tour had been canceled and learned of your predicament. My wife and I want you to know our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We look forward to your swift recovery and continued success! ~ Dave & Sharon Newman

Dan, I wish you well in your battle with cancer. You inspire me with your words and music like no other singer/songwriter I know. I do a lot of writing myself and my #1 inspiration is your music. I cannot write without listening to it. I pray that you get the treatment you need and that you are back singing to our hearts in the near future. "Though the nights may seem endless....Let your faith be your strength and your love be your guiding star." Thank you and God bless you.

Hey Dan, My thoughts are with you. Here hoping that you get well soon.I have been a fan of your music since the mid 70's when I bought the Souvenirs album. Thanks for all the great music and the memories. ~ Mark E. Hughes

So sorry to hear of your current illness- i say current cos I know that better things are on their way for you. I love so many of your songs and try not to destroy them when I play them on my acoustic. I saw you on TV in a concert a week or two ago and you sounded unbelievably great, and brought a tear to my eye singing "Leader of The Band." "Aspen" is one of the most beautiful I know, and on and on..All the best wishes. You are in our hearts and prayers. ~ Ken, Old Greenwich CT

Hi Dan, I have been an Oncology nurse for 18 years. I see patients at home to administer chemo, etc. I thought that you ought to know that your music has given me a great deal of strength and comfort through all this time. I always play your music in my car on my way from one person to another. Little did you know that you were helping cancer patients all along by inspiring their homecare nurse. I believe that God will send the blessings that you have given back to you! I would also like you to know that in the 18 years that I started Oncology nursing, the leaps and bounds in treatment have been miraculous. Take it from someone who knows....you will rebound and life will be even better after the fact. Now, for true confessions. It was not only your music that inspired me ( although it is the main driving force). Your pictures ain't so bad either!! I cannot deny that I am a 42 year old married mother of 2 with a school girl crush. I have a wonderful husband that I absolutely adore. I have never kept any secrets from him but this one......yes, I have drooled over your pictures more than once! Of course, I would never admit to this again, even at gunpoint. I only admit to it now because I thought it would give you a much needed giggle! My prayers are with you and your family. Please take care of yourself ( eat, drink, take vitamins). But most of all keep a positive attitude and a good sense of humor! Best wishes ~ Franny

I was first introduced to your music in High School (I graduated in 1979..) and I was instantly hooked... Your words and inspiration got me through some tough times in my life...Thank You..May God rest His healing hands on you and take away this disease...God is our ultimate physician Trust in Him...My prayers go out to you and your family. ~ Kirsten

Dear Dan, may God be with you and your family during this trying time. Get well soon, I love your music, what an inspiration you are! God blees you and "Run for the Roses!

Dear Dan, My love affair with you and your music began in 1974, when I saw your beautiful face on an album cover called Souvenirs. I bought it without ever having heard of you! I immediately learned every song on the guitar, not really doing any of them justice. I then bought Home Free, and I just knew that "Looking For a Lady" was written in search of me.! I was only 15 at the time, but had an awareness of music, mysticism, spirituality, and also I was and still am a nature girl, and I just knew that if I ever had the opportunity to meet you, you'd fall madly in love with me, I could be your muse, and we could make beautiful music together. Oh welll, there is a place in the world for a dreamer, right? I'm still, at 44, your absolute biggest fan. Anyone who knows me knows this, as I still play your music all the time, both the CDs and on my guitar. (I've gotten a little better.) I've lived all over Colorado, especially in and around Boulder. To say your music has been the backdrop for my life is an understatement. Every one of your songs has touched me in some way. I have a constant light burning for you, and I just know that you will beat this ugly thing, for I have learned that there is a reason for everything, and maybe the music you will write after beating this will help many others in their struggles. Your music and your soul have touched so many, it's just such a beautiful gift you have, to mean so much to so many people. I love you and I know you will be more than alright, In Spirit & Light ~ Summer Edwards, Houston

Dan and Jean - Though at times the weather does get rough and the seas grow stormy, after this there will again be calmer waters and plain sailing. My thoughts are with you, your family and friends, may you all remain "stronger than any mountain cathedral, truer than any tree ever grew". Thank you for the music- that which we've known, and that which is still to come. Best wishes from South Africa.~ Dave Macdonald

Dan, My eyes can't see, but your music has brought me to places I could never have dreamt of seeing.You've may never have been to ireland, but I've travelled with you, hand in glove, to that other place of melody and rhyme. We've shared tales of brine and time and memories. We have floated like a cloud o'er happy lands with sad realities, lonely people with smiling faces and lives full of tedium and failure. and yet you've never blocked the Sun.My hopes, prayers and imaginings are with you in this time of confusion. As you might say yourself, "If i could only do one thing ..."I always say "If you don't know where you're going, how will you know when you get there?" Dan, keep your targets high and never give up on them.God Bless, and we hope to see you in ireland some time soon.Gerry Ellis, Dublin, Ireland.

Hello Dan, I want you to know that your music has had an incredible, positive influence on my life. Because of your wisdom, talent and above all, compassion for people and our environment, I have come to see things important that might have escaped me. I hope that you will recuperate quickly and that in the interim, please know that there are so many of us out there...those faces in the dark at your concerts, those of us who listen to your music daily and take such inspiration from it, who will be sending healing thoughts to you. Thank you for sharing your wonderful gift of music with us. ~ Tom Schifani , Albuquerque, NM

I am sorry to learn of your fate this fall. I send you all my healing wishes. I am from Springfield, Illinois and worked as a corn detassler in the summers. We - the detassling crew - would be singing "Illinois" as we set out down those tall rows of corn, wet with the morning dew, with the red sun just beginning its drenching hot steamy day across the midwestern world. "Dusty day dawning three hours late...." yeah - at 4:30 am! We often wondered what you meant by that! I sure miss eating that corn, though. Colorado has nothing comparable. (I live in Denver now) I hope only the very best for you and your family. Sincerely ~ Megan

Dear Dan - My name is Barbara Shore and I just found out about your battle with cancer. I wanted to let you know, of course, that I am praying for you, but also what an inspiration you have been in my life. In high school, I was turned on to your first album by a group of friends, and it blew me away. Your music was different from everything else out there. At this same time, my older brother became very ill. He is a paranoid schizophrenic, and at that time became verbally and physically violent and abusive. I was a high school senior, and my life stopped as I once knew it. I couldn't have friends over for fear of him hurting someone, and I was frustrated and angry. Your music was the only music that could penetrate all the darkness around me, and put me in a place where I could breathe and grapple with my emotions. I used your music like a drug, to calm me down and make the world seem brighter. I will always be grateful to you for that. Today I am a mom of three teenagers, and I am a church musician (guitar, piano, and vocals). Know that there are fervent prayers coming your way from Covina, California. You were there for me when I needed someone, and now I feel that I can finally do something for you. I thank God for you. Sincerely ~ Barbara Shore

Dearest Dan, You are the one with the words. I only wish I could express to you how much your music has enriched my life. I saw you in concert in Austin in 1982 and of course bought the t-shirt. Over the years I was in attendence any time you were in town. On my 40th birthday, you played the Majestic in San Antonio and I was fortunate enough to meet you after the show. I wore that old t-shirt and when I was close enough to speak, the only words that would come to me was "do you like my shirt?" You laughed and signed my shirt for me. It was a thrill. Sorry I wasn't more eloquent. You were very gracious and I know that all your goodness will come back to you in this difficult time. God bless you and your wife and all of your family. Be well. ~ Sandy

Pure peace to you and yours. ~ Thom in Oregon

Crisp fall air and rustling corn leaves always take me back to the Univ of IL and my first introduction to the 'living legacy' of your music, Dan. Your songs (every one of them) have been played so many countless times over the past 25+ years, to buoy me up through a lifetime of situations. May the love and warmth that you brought to so many lives bouy you and your family in the coming weeks and months!! ~ Sue G.

Dearest Dan - I wish you strength and a fast return to good health. I was watching your performance on PBS SoundStage and found myself at the computer, wondering when you would be performing in Oregon again. I am so saddened to learn that you are doing battle with cancer. Stay strong, trust and believe in the love and support you are receiving from those near and far.

You and your music have been a part of my life for at least 33 years. I won a record album from a local radio station in 1971, it was a demo by Megan McDonough (sp) and the song that stayed with me from the first moment I heard it was "Stars." I had to know who wrote those lyrics, that was when I first heard your name. One sweet memory I have is walking down the driveway to my parent's home and hearing "Part of the Plan" pouring out the windows of my big brother's room. I became a Dan Fogelberg junkie from that moment on. I've never written before, but I felt I had to now. Thank you for bringing comfort and beauty to my life and those of my oldest and dearest friends. My deepest thoughts and prayers will be with you throughout this journey. Thank you for sharing your gifts with us. ~ Nance

Dearest Dan, I know that everyone has wished you well over and over, and of course, I certainly do the same, but I also wanted to thank you so much for all the beautiful music and lyrics you have given us over the years. The first time I saw you in concert many years ago, you were opening for the Eagles and I was so moved by your music. I already had your first two albums, and needless to say, I became a huge fan and eventually bought all the rest. Your music helped me through some very hard times in my life, but also the good times as well. I saw you in concert many times over the years and will always remember those happy times. My son even became a big fan of yours after listening to me play your music over and over. We are the same age, and so have both traveled far in this life. I wish you only peace and happiness in your future, and send only positive thoughts and prayers your way. God bless you and keep you well. We still need more of your music in our lives. Thank you for making my life a more beautiful place through your music. A fan forever! ~ Linda Holt, Portland, Maine

Dan, when I heard the news of your illness I felt like the air had been sucked out of my lungs. I've been a fan since 1974 when a college friend introduced me to your music. Your lyrics and harmonies were unlike any I had ever heard. You literally touched my very soul. You don't know it but you've been in and out of my life for 30 years. We had tickets to see you open for the Eagles at Georgia Tech but you had to cancel due to strep throat. We saw you many times at Chastain in Atlanta. I replaced my Fogelberg albums with CDs (but kept the albums, of course!) I told my husband that if you ever showed up at my doorstep he was history! We named our son Dan (truly a coincidence) and my husband jokingly referred to him as "Dan Foley-berg", a combination of our last name and yours. I drifted into country music then Christian and recently had been taking my kids on a nostalgic tour of all my old favorites. It was great to listen anew to my old Fogelberg songs and be transported back to that special time in my life when innocence and love and hope were all encompassing. Last year at your Chastain concert my now ex-husband was working for the production company in charge of your backstage event and got you to autograph a ticket stub for me. It brought back all those old feelings...not for him, for you! I decided that I had to go to this year's show. I am deeply saddened you will not make it this October but look forward to 2005! Dan, thanks for all the "Souvenirs." They grow more precious with time. My love and prayers are with you. ~ Lynn

Dear Dan, I have been an fan since 1975, when I first heard the Nether Lands album. I have every album, now, on CD. I was saddened to read on your web page of your condition. But God is good, and He has blessed you throughout your life. I can hear it in your music. He has the answers for you. I pray to Him that you will get well. The world still needs you! ~ Steve Cunningham, Kansas City, Missouri

Mr. Fogelberg - Thank you! You are such a blessing to million of us "fans" who have healed, laughed, cried, and felt joyously revived through your lyrical and musical talent. I, too, have been a fan, since the 1970's when I thought I was the only girl that "thinks too much" my Mom would say. I would retreat to your lyrics and various musical gifts and find solace, strength, and ultimately a clear since of being understood. Thank you for sharing your gifts with us. I am praying that we may hear you sing acoustically again! I will pray for healing body and soul soon so that we may hear your angelic voice "live" soon. Until then, please know that there are many that are surrounding you with prayers for healing to our beloved brother in spirit. ~ Samantha L., Littleton, Colorado

Dan, I hope the best for you. You have always inspired me and now more than ever with what you are going through. Your strength will get you through this.My prayers are with you and can't wait for more great songs from you.~ Mike in St. Louis

Dan, Thanks, thanks for your music and sharing your time with us. I was first a Tim Weisberg fan, then a "Twin Sons" fan and then a Dan Fan. WIth good treatment and little luck you will be with us for years to come. ~ Doug in StL

Fight hard. We love you and we're praying for you. God Bless you ~ Cindy

Dear Dan, Whatever path the great spirit has ready for you I pray that you will take the love of your family and that of the many millions of your fans around the world as you travel on. Thank you for so many moments shared - I look forward to many more to come and for the continued path towards peace on this planet that you have helped to make an even more beautiful place for me. Walk in beauty always. ~ Terry - Saltford, England

Dan - There a few others that I have all of their music (James Taylor) and that music has grown up with me. As much as I have grown up. It has taken me through the loves and losses of youth, has taken me through my 20 year adventure with the mother of my four children. She has since left thinking there are greener pastures. There's not. Has kept me company for the last several years of singleness, again. All that I want to say this, be well!! I Will Pray For You and Your Family!! ~ Douglas

Dan - What can I say? You have been my favorite singer/songwriter since Idiscovered your music through raiding my brother's albums back around 1980 or so. Your music has been a real source of encouragement and inspiration to me as an aspiring songwriter myself. Remembering to be who I am musically and not to copy you has been difficult through the years because I love your style and music so much. One of my dreams has always been to sit down and play a few songswith you on guitar. Pulling "Leader Of The Band" off the record in college was one of those guitar playing turning points as it was one of several tunes that really helped teach me to fingerpick! I write a lot of worship music now and am able to share a lot of my tunes currently with my church as I am a music director at a church in Anaheim Hills, California. We use a number of them in our worship services. Because of my faith in Jesus Christ I will be keeping you in my prayers for love, peace, faith and healing. I also really enjoyed your Christmas CD as I picked it up last Christmas season. I buy a new Christmas CD each December and was really excited to find yours! Then I pull them all out at Christmas time and enjoy them for most of December. I am glad to have you in that group I pull out specifically at Christmas time now. Your original opener is fantastic! God bless you Dan and thank you for the music! Sincerely ~ Brent Lee Larimore

I used to have a transistor radio that I would listen to as a child, late at night when I was supposed to be sleeping. One night I heard a new song called "Nether Lands". I was in the fifth grade. For better or for worse, that song has, and a good deal of Dan's other music, almost worldview status in my life. My prayers are with you Dan, for your art has significantly impacted my life. I always look forward to the next album and can't wait for the next one. Get well. ~ David, in Massachusetts

Look into natural treatments herbs. also go to http://www.silentunity.org and put yourself on the prayer list and do it every 30 days. I say this because it's a super site and if you go there you'll discover it. Keep the faith. Blessings and good health ~ Dorothy Carter, Chicago IL

Dan: May the greatest of blessings fall on you and your family during your battle. I feel in my heart you will win the fight and continue to make great music. Your music played a big part in bringing my wife and I together over 25 years ago. "Longer" and "Paris Nocturne" were played at our wedding, back in '81. We have passed on our love for you, to our two teen-age daughters, which in today's world of rap and stuff you can't even understand, makes us feel good as parents. Our love for life and prayers are with you. ~ Matt & Cathy Albright Greendale, IN

Hi, I just heard the news today, in fact five minutes ago and I am still reeling from it. I lost a sister to cancer last January and I know the shock and pain it brings as well as the anguish you go through as a family when the news and the the treatment starts. I will offer all my prayers and thoughts to you and beg for your recovery. I think with a positive outlook is as much armour you can have to fight this illness. Needless to say I am a huge fan and had hoped that one day I might get Mr. Fogelberg to Ireland to complete a dream come true for me. I still plan to make this my ambition. I will buy you a pint of guinness in my favorite bar after the gig. What do you say? I will keep any eye on your progress friend. Stay strong.~ Phil McGibney, Dublin Ireland

Dear Dan, It's been a rough month for all of us. Many of us out here are thinking and praying for you, every day. We are waiting anxiously for any news from you. I hope you check out all the people that are with you on this. The comments are quite touching. It's amazing to think how many and how far your music has travelled. Hang in there! We love you, Danny. God bless you and continue to watch over you. Peace. ~ Marty O

Dan - My wife and I have been essentially lifelong fans of yours, going back to the days when you used to stay at the Parker Meridian Hotel in New York City. I worked there for a few years then and had a single chance to meet you. I remember that year well. as you played at the Amphitheater in Long Beach in the pouring rain. At some point the band went inside and you welcomed the crowd to just listen you and "your boxes". You went acoustic for an hour or two. It was the best concert I've ever been to. Anyway, we were looking forward to seeing you in Atlanta this year. When I had not heard any recent news I clicked on your website and learned of your illness.We wish you the best in your recovery, Dan..~ Adam R. Saslow

To Dan and Jean, My thoughts,prayers and best wishes for a speedy recovery are going out to you. I have been a longtime fan and I hope everything goes well for you both. I have always been inspired by your music and your song "Leader of the Band" has always been a special one to me..after years of distance from my father we are closer than ever. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer in February, underwent surgery and he is fine and I have every confidence the same will be with you. Take comfort in knowing that so many people are praying for you and caring about you and your family and love will prevail....thanks so much for the music. You are a special person. I am listening to your voice as I write this to you. God Bless ~ Katherine

Dan: My friends and I fell in love with you during our high school years in the 1970s. The duration of our love for you has continued non-stop through the years since then. We were so excited upon the announcement of your tour this year and heartbroken to hear the news of your illness. We wish you nothing but the best and know that the strength and love of music that has brought you to us over the years will help you conquer and rise above this setback. WE need you! We look forward to seeing you back on the road very soon! ~ Cathy, Jane & Sue

I have been a fan of Dan's music for many years. I first discovered him in the 70's and the "Exiles" album was a favorite for many years. Over the years, I lost touch due to childrearing and life in general. I was sorry to hear of his recent health issues. I have a friend going through something similar and understand how hard this must be for Dan and his family. I wish them all the best. Dan, try to keep a sense of humor if possible, because it has been proven that having a good attitude can actually help the healing process. It seems to be working for my friend, who is still going strong in spite of the illness. ~ Sharon

Dear Dan - I have never posted a message to an artist before, but I feel compelled to at this time upon just discovering the news of your illness. My heart is heavy, yet full of hope and prayer, for your recovery. There is no other musician, lyricist, artist who has so touched me in my life as you. Your music has been a part of every milestone of my life, of every joy, every event, the occasional heartbreak, and you have never failed to lift me above and beyond whatever the present circumstance to a new spiritual level through your music, your insight, and beautiful poetry. Thank you Dan for your artistry and passion, through which you have so often lifted my spirit to new heights in my own life. God Bless you and your family! ~ Laurie Hampton, Lifelong Fogelberg Fan!

Dan: I have always thought you are the most talented and gifted musician/songwriter of my/our generation. Over the years you have not altered your values and music for commercial gain. Watching you live and listening to your music for hundreds of hours I've always wondered what it would be like to have your gifts. If all talented musicians had your values our world would be a better place. Thank you for many years of music enjoyment, our prayers are with you and your family. ~ LV

Dan, I just read about your illness and felt compelled to write. My husband of 26 years introduced me to your music when he and I first met. Michael felt your music spoke to him about me and our growing love. We still listen to your music after all these years. Thank you for bringing magic to our lives. Best wishes on your recovery. Our thoughts are with you and your family during this trying time. ~ Karen

Dan, I was traveling in my car today and your Portrait collection was playing. I just need to say thank you for the immense gift your music is to my life. I am praying that your treatment is effective and that you are well on the road to recovery. I hope you feel the love that surrounds you from all of us out here. Blessings to you and your family. ~ Patrice Duggan

Dan, I danced at my wedding 24 years ago to "Longer". I will be married 25 years on May 4, 2005. I wish you many more years of health, well being, and time to make more beautiful music on this planet. Thank you for all the joy your music has brought! ~ Beth Collins

Dan, Hang in there, Man; I know you will. You are one of my favorite all-time artists. I'm actually taking guitar lessons so that I can learn to play half as good as you. Your music is so inspiring and your lyrics so meaningful. I pray for a speedy recovery and hope that you will continue making and releasing great music. God bless ~ Daniel, Pulaski, MS

Hi Dan - My girlfriend and I heard 'Same Old Lang Syne' on the radio this morning and wanted to let you know that we were thinking of you. Hope all is going well with your recovery... We will miss seeing you on the road this Fall, but wish you nothing but the best for the future. From two of your many fans in St. Louis, MO! ~ Jeff & Pam

You have poured your heart and your love into your music for us, and we've cherished that over the years. Now it's time to return that love to you. Thinking of you and sending all of my positive thoughts and good wishes. Take care and get well. ~ Mark Hendershot

Dan- From one central Illinois boy to another, you are going to beat this thing . You can make book on it. Trust me, you have about 14 gazillion people in your corner. ~ Dave

Dan - my heart is broken thinking of you in pain! Not a morning goes by, or an evening closes, without one of your songs in my mind and love in my heart for you and your family. I pray many times daily for your recovery. The world and I are not ready for you to leave for heaven, even though your music certainly fits in heaven. Please take strength from your fans' unconditional love. ~ Luann, Wisconsin

My husband was diagnosed with prostate cancer last December, a few days before Christmas. He began treatment (daily radiation) December 20, 2003. The radiation ended in March and he then had seeds implanted. He seems to be doing well now and his PSA level is between 2-3. One thing that helped was all the support and love that came from everyone.We send the same to you and pray for a full recovery. Your music has filled our lives with joy and happiness and we wish you well and all the best. Thanks ~ Rhonda

"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away" - Author Unknown ... You will always take my breath away, Dan Fogelberg. ... Thinking of you and yours and wishing you well. ~ June / CT

Dear Mr. Fogelberg, Your music has touched me in ways no others have. You are in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you and your family. Jennifer Miller, Minnesota

Wish you a speedy recovery from your illness. Don't be a stranger as you receive treatment. Whether good or bad news, we want to keep you in our prayers ~ Christian Wagner

Dan, I have loved your music for many years!! I love your photography very much, as well! I am terribly saddened by the news of your illness, but I also have a great faith in the Lord and what His will is for your life. I am keeping you in my prayers and asking God to heal you. ~ Karri, Cape Girardeau, MO- and Santa Clarita CA

My heart is with you. My life was devastated by prostate cancer six years ago. May you beat this beast and enjoy many more years of love and music. With deepest compassion ~ Jan Crews, Tucson, AZ

Dear Dan, My, how the years roll by. It seems like yesterday when I was a little girl growing up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin listening to your music and connecting with your kind and kindred spirit. Your music has meant so much to me over the years! When I was eleven and visiting my orthodontist, his assistant went to your concert and gushed about seeing you. I remember being envious, but happy for her. I also resolved to share in her joy in the hope that I would one day see you in concert and revel in the happiness that the experience would bring. Unfortunately that never happened, but I have loved your music and been inspired all the same. And now, I am a 33 year old woman living in Los Angeles reflecting back on the safe haven of home that listening to your music inevitably brings. You are such a surge of joy to my spirit. I wish you health, I wish you love, and I wish you peace in the battle that you face. Please know that you are loved and appreciated. You have brought more comfort to me and others than you'll probably ever realize. And even though I've never met you or seen you in concert, I can safely say that you're a part of my family; a bonafide soul brother; woven tightly in the fabric of collective consciousness and love. I look forward to meeting you, however that happens, one of these moons. I LOVE YOU!!! Thank you for being with me, and sharing your light! ~ Karen Brown

Dear Dan, We have listened to your music since the day we met over 22 years ago. All of the most memorable occasions in our life were accompanied by your songs, including our wedding and every subsequent anniversary, (we have been married 19 yrs). Your music has seriously enriched our lives. Last year we attended your Chicago Soundstage Concert (which recently aired) and thought you were fantastic! Our lives would not be the same without the music of Dan Fogelberg in it. Looking forward to new music and seeing you again in concert. Stay positive and strong! We know you will beat this illness. We can tell by the intense blend of power, strength, energy and serenity seen and heard in your music and lyrics. Wishing you the best of everything life has to offer you. ~ Robin & Dan Tarragano

Dan, To hear of this recent news, just tore out a piece of my soul like it was one of my own family members. That's how much your music has meant to me for over 20 years now. It has, and always will be my companion in life as I travel my own journey, searching for my own place in this world. Your songs truly surround me with a peace and beauty that is indescribably tranquil. I'll always return to the magic of your music as a compass for my soul to follow, day after day. May God bless you and your family, and provide the strength needed as you battle through this chapter in your life. Stand strong my friend, and know that we, your fans will stand along side you in prayer and faith, undaunted. Thank you Dan for a gift that I cherish every day, one that gets me through the sad and tough times in this life, and makes the good times that much better with you as a part of them. "Don't lose heart," as our planet needs you more than ever now, as I truly believe your purpose is not yet realized. Rest easy Dan, and know that my love & thoughts are there with you. ~ Edward

Dan: I just heard the news as well and had to offer my heartfelt wishes for a complete recovery. I was introduced to your music about 20 years ago and I hold it dear to my heart. Through your music you have walked many stretches of life with me - thank you. Now, through my prayers for you, I will walk this stretch of life with you. With warmest regards ~ April Condon

Dearest Daniel, I was so looking forward to seeing you once again this fall in Naples and was so taken aback at the news of your illness. Your words and music have been an incredible soundtrack of my life. While about ten months pregnant, I attended a real ROCKIN' DF concert at the Mann Music Center in Phila. My ballsy girlfriend insisted that we couldn't sit behind the sound board. The manager set up 4 folding chairs for us right in front. My ears are still healing. So are Sara's, my 19 year old daughter! Years later while exiting the Valley Forge Music Fair on a cold clear night in December; the lightest, most beautiful snowfall had begun. We knew that your sweet voice, lyrics and incredible musical acumen had prompted it. Thank you, my friend, for countless years of joy, tears and enlightenment. I wish you and your family only the best. I know that our paths will soon meet again. Remember, 'there is really nothing left to say but COME ON MORNING" A new one is certainly on its way for you. Light, love, hugs and smiles! ~ Kim in Naples, Hurricane Co. USA

Hi there Dan....my name is Susan....I just wanted to let you know my prayers are with you...and I hope you are feeling fine as you read this note. I live in Albuquerque. I'm a nurse...and I was just listening to the Nether Lands cd...got up early and put in on.It sounded really good..really some beautiful music that you made. I remember having that on 8 track...wow!! That dates us huh? Anyway...I just wanted to share the feeling of beauty and introspection that I get from your music. I truly think that music comes from the heavens and from the Gods and it is a treasure.Your sharing of this universal thing, .this feeling has touched many lives in a positive way and given many people a true sense that they are NOT alone and that all of us share the same emotions. That we relate to each other through music, love, laughter..etc. I just wanted to tell your your work as an artist has been a gift. And our world has been a better place because of YOU...just didnt want you to forget. Big warm hugs, strong prayers for a full and speedy recovery and keep the faith. Sending Love and Peace from my house to yours....sincerely ~ Susan Thames

Dear Dan, Even though you don't personally know most of the people that have posted messages and most of us don't know you personally, the fact remains that we are all connected! Everyone that has written have people in their lives that love and cherish them, just as your family loves and cherishes you! It is amazing to see the outpouring of love and appreciation for your music! It is heartwarming to know that everyone is praying for you and pulling for you! Everyone sees your Beauty through your music and the fact that you are beautiful to look at doesn't hurt either!! Please know that these prayers for your recovery are Real and they are Powerful and with all of these Beautiful Souls praying them...they are more precious than "the power of gold"! May God with all of His Glory, Sweetness and Light. Bless You and your Family and make you well again!!! With Love & Prayers ~ Carole in PA.

Dear Dan: My thoughts and prayers are for your recovery and for strength for both you and your loved ones during this difficult time. I am a 46 year old who owns pretty much every thing you've ever recorded, going back to "Hickory Grove", seen you solo, with a full band and even on your "1/2 band tour". Your music touched a spot in me from high school on and the first love of my life and I shared a lot of great moments with you (some semi-xrated!) Thanks for the great writing and musical talents and range you shared with all of your fans. I look forward to hearing even more material from your pen...stay strong and have faith. With best wishes ~ Robert Mahaffey, Springfield, MO

Dan, I was working my way through undergraduate school at Byerly Music in Pekin and Peoria and had the privilege of getting to know a very gentle man named Lawrence Fogelberg. Your dad was teaching private instrument lessons and I always enjoyed talking to him whenever I could between his sessions. He had retired from directing by that time (early 80's). I was working the day that he received his advance copy of The Innocent Age (vinyl!!) with as I recall a handwritten note in it from you. At the time I did not know what a tribute to him that album was. Anyway, he was showing that album off to everyone in the store. He was so incredibly proud of you and your accomplishments. And for me, a poor college student listening to Mr. Fogelberg tell about your career and your accomplishments was my "brush with greatness". Many years have passed and I have had the privilege to see you in concert here in the area (Kansas City, Tulsa, Springfield, MO) several times over the years and enjoyed each show so much. I don't know if you will actually see this message, Dan, but if you do know what a "proud papa" your dad was for you and how much I enjoyed knowing him. Best wishes for a speedy recovery, we're all waiting for you out here "on the road". ~ Jim Hamilton, Joplin, MO

Dan, I have been following your career and your wonderful music since I was a student at the U of I, not long after you were there (I was there from1974 to 1978). I remember seeing some of your early photos that were posted over at The Red Herring. I have every one of your albums on vinyl or CD, or both. I know the words to many of your songs. Unfortunately, I have only seen you live once, in Richmond, VA in 1991. I can only wish you the very best as you fight this disease. I started personally praying for you when I first heard of this news. I know some of what you are going through, as my first wife fought breast cancer for 2 years (unfortunately, she didn't win). I pray that you will win. You have touched my life with your music in ways that even I don't consciously realize. I know that some of the phrases in your music are expressions in my vocabulary. I pray that you will go "The Long Way" and beat this thing. My very best to you. Your forever fan ~ Mike Abel

Dan: My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. Your music has brought me such joy over the last 25 years, you have been a gift to my life. God be with you. ~ Trevor

My heartfelt wishes for a full recovery. I will be praying for you. Thanks for creating such a wonderful soundtrack for my life and the lives of so many. Was listening to "Same Old Lang Syne" off your impeccable Innocent Age album yesterday afternoon along with "Run for the Roses". You have the capacity not merely to write but to transport. Again, thank you and may God speed your recovery. ~ Tom (Carlsbad, CA)

From a fan in Peoria, IL-Keep the faith- please! I'm doing my graduate studies in creative writing at Bradley- and currently using your songs to inspire a screenplay- so you've got to keep them coming. Plus, as a fellow cancer survivor, (I'm getting ready for my last chemo treatment for breast cancer) I can use you as further inspiration for living. Good luck, stay strong. ~ Tricia Fox-Nyhus

Dear Mr. Fogelberg, I never met you personally, or had the chance of going to one of your concerts. But I heard your songs. And I liked them all. When my "Greatest Hits" LP was almost worn out after playin' it for so many times, I bought the CD. And kept listening to the songs. Your music really filled a lot of my own, personal moments with magic. I pray to Almighty God to let you go back to singing and touring. And filling the souls and hearts of millions with your beautiful songs. Run for the roses, Mr. Fogelberg. It's part of the plan. Do it longer. Give to Merciful Jesus the chance to tell you "Believe in me, Dan". From Lima, Peru ~ Armando R. Venegas

Dear Dan, Your music has been a constant in my life since I first heard the album Phoenix and in particular the songs "Longer" and "Heart Hotels" back in 1980. I was newly dating my husband at the time and your beautiful songs perfectly expressed the love we felt in our hearts. All these years later, whenever I hear the songs from that album, I am there again, as if not a moment has passed. Thank you for sharing the beauty that is inside you; revealed by your eloquent words, extraodinary voice and exquisite music that transcends all. Like many here, you are such a part of my life that I feel like one of my dearest friends or closest relatives is ill. Please know that my family and I send prayers, good energy and love to you and your family. ~ Cathy from Oregon

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