Cancer Diagnoses Turns Cinder Shine Back to Her First Love: Songwriting

 It was 2019 and Cinder Ernst remembers the day all too well. An avid motorcyclist, she was having severe pain trying to get off her bike. A trip to the hospital confirmed that she had metastatic bone cancer.

“I was devastated. And then, there was this overwhelming sense of calm,” she says. “I knew what I had to do, and that was get back to my first love: writing songs.”

And, that’s exactly what she did. Along the way, she discovered a community of like minded musicians, producers and songwriters to collaborate with, share ideas, and most importantly, share an unending belief in goodness and that humor can get us through our darkest times.

Cinder Shine, as she came to be known for her enduring optimism in the face of a terminal illness, quickly realized that music and community were going to keep her going through it all, and she was determined to make as much of it as possible.

Having been in a remission period after grueling treatments, her songs landed on ABC, Netflix, Bravo and more. She works with a number of producers across the country, becoming a sought after collaborator who brings out the best in everyone.

Then, in the fall of 2022, Cinder learned that the cancer had moved and metastasized in her face and skull. This meant more chemotherapy and radiation treatments. In response to the possibility that this treatment might hinder her singing voice, she wrote, produced and released an LP called “Trace the Sky.”

Through a fundraiser that raised more than $13,000 in a few days, Cinder and her community of musicians made this collection of songs.

“Trace the Sky” is inspired by Cinder’s courageous life battles. The recording was put together in a matter of days between Cinder’s chemo sessions and the start of radiation. The music is packed full of optimistic heart and soul, the kind that reaffirms there’s always a diamond lining to the world.

“These songs are utterly tear-jerking and gorgeous, and the world absolutely needs to hear them,” said producer John Clinebell, who organized the GofundMe and helped arrange production.

They gathered in the Los Angeles studio of producer Billy Lefler (Ingrid Michaelson, Dashboard Confessional) to bring the music to life. Music friends came from as far as Iowa and Nashville to support Cinder and the recording. You can hear the voices of many who gathered as they sing these anthemic uplifting songs of hope and joy.

“The outpouring of love and support has been incredible and such a reflection of the love and support Cinder gives to so many of us,” says vocalist Sonnet Simmons. “I found myself singing these songs to my children. This is what I want for them.”

Now, Cinder is asking people to donate to the non-profit Cancer Can Rock to receive their copy of the LP. Cancer Can Rock helps musicians with cancer be a star for the day while they make a professional recording in a fully equipped recording studio because “music lasts forever.”

Go to to donate and get your digital download. This collection of songs will be available as a collection for a limited time.

“I’m inspired everyday by these fantastic musicians that are in my community,” Cinder says. “I just want to give back to all of them and show people that your life doesn’t have to stop when you have a scary diagnosis. Sometimes it’s just the thing you need to get you living your life again, one day— one moment at a time.”

Cinder Shine is known for her smile and joie de vivre. That’s how she got her name. Cinder inspires and supports her fellow creatives with all her heart. Visionary wisdom fuels her songwriting. Raw talent and experience make her a compelling artist. With an unending belief in goodness and a great sense of humor, Cinder is not only a great collaborator, but more important, a loving friend.

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The Brooklyn Cancer Center Opens in Downtown Brooklyn

 The Brooklyn Cancer Center (TBCC), a partnership between New York Cancer & Blood Specialists (NYCBS), one of the leading oncology practices in the nation, and The Brooklyn Hospital Center (TBHC), an independent community hospital in Fort Greene/Downtown Brooklyn, marked a major milestone today by announcing the opening of its newly created center located at 86 Fleet Place in Downtown Brooklyn, providing a new home for the region’s top cancer care.

“NYCBS has bridged the gap for patients to receive high-quality cancer treatment close to home,” said Jeff Vacirca, MD, CEO of NYCBS. “The Brooklyn Cancer Center will bring state-of-the-art facilities, increased capacity, and the architectural atmosphere aligns with our world-class care.”

TBCC is staffed by top-ranked physicians, including Chief of Hematology/Oncology Maxim Shulimovich, MD, Asmat Ullah, MD, Shahzaib Nabi, MD, Shreya P. Goyal, MD, Minh-Phuong Huynh-Le, MD, and Kalimullah Quadri, MD, providing expert care and culturally sensitive services for patients with all types of cancer and blood disorders. Right in Downtown Brooklyn, patients can find a unique path to treatment with comprehensive support.

“This partnership means the very best comprehensive care for cancer patients is available right here in Brooklyn. We say this a lot—you don’t have to go across the bridge for excellent care—but that statement has never been more true when it comes to the complete range of services The Brooklyn Cancer Center offers, now in a spectacular setting, just a few blocks from the hospital,” said Gary G. Terrinoni, President and CEO of TBHC.

To make an appointment, please call (718) 732-4080. For more information, visit

About New York Cancer & Blood Specialists:

New York Cancer & Blood Specialists (NYCBS) is a leading oncology practice in the New York Metropolitan area committed to providing world-class, patient-centered affordable care to patients with cancer and blood disorders in their own communities, close to family and friends. We have more than 30 locations and 35 hospital affiliations throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties in the Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn. We offer a multidisciplinary and comprehensive approach to care that utilizes the most advanced imaging, state-of-the-art therapies, cutting-edge clinical trials, on-site pharmacies, and an in-house laboratory with a full range of pathology services. Advocating for and ensuring the health and well-being of our patients is and always will be our priority. For more information, visit

About The Brooklyn Hospital:

The Brooklyn Hospital Center is dedicated to providing outstanding health services, education, and research to keep the people of Brooklyn and greater New York healthy.

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The Brooklyn Cancer Center Advances Radiation Oncology

 The Brooklyn Cancer Center (TBCC), a partnership between New York Cancer & Blood Specialists (NYCBS), one of the leading oncology practices in the nation, and The Brooklyn Hospital Center (TBHC), an independent community hospital in Fort Greene/Downtown Brooklyn, announces it will expand patient access to personalized and advanced radiation treatment at The Brooklyn Hospital Center at 121 DeKalb Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201.

“The Brooklyn Cancer Center will bring the highest level of radiation therapy and advanced treatment options to the Brooklyn community,” said Jeff Vacirca, MD, CEO of NYCBS.

Radiation Oncology services will be staffed by dedicated and compassionate radiation oncologists, who will partner with medical oncologists and their care teams to develop the appropriate treatment plan for each patient. In addition, the facility will be equipped with the most advanced forms of radiation treatment equipment available. As a result, patients and their families will access best-practice, evidence-based treatment options close to home.

Board-certified radiation oncologist Dr. Minh-Phuong Huynh-Le will practice at the hospital location. She is an expert in advanced radiation techniques, including 3D-conformal radiation therapy (3D-CRT), intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT), stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT), stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS), and brachytherapy.

“We are excited about being able to provide compassionate, state-of-the-art cancer care at TBCC,” said Talha Shaikh, MD, MBA, Chief of Radiation Oncology at NYCBS. “We look forward to partnering with the dedicated physicians and care teams of TBHC to enhance and expand patient access to radiation oncology services in and around Brooklyn. TBCC’s exceptional standard of care will ensure that patients receive the best radiation treatment possible and close to home.”

“The expansion of TBCC’s care with the appointment of Dr. Huynh-Le is an excellent development,” said Gary G. Terrinoni, President and CEO of TBHC. “We look forward to sharing more exciting news with the community when we cut the ribbon on the brand-new TBCC center in the coming months.”

Don’t travel out of the borough for excellent cancer care. Right in Fort Greene/Downtown Brooklyn, you can find a unique path to treatment with comprehensive support. The Brooklyn Cancer Center provides expert care and culturally sensitive services for patients with all types of cancer and blood disorders.

About New York Cancer & Blood Specialists:

New York Cancer & Blood Specialists is committed to our patients. We are dedicated to providing each patient with a unique path to treatment and unmatched support. We strive to make quality, comprehensive cancer care available to each and every patient throughout New York.

About The Brooklyn Hospital:

The Brooklyn Hospital Center is dedicated to providing outstanding health services, education, and research to keep the people of Brooklyn and greater New York healthy.

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Cancer Pathways Building Coast-to-Coast Summer Connections for Kids Impacted by Cancer

 In its 20th year, the Seattle-based nonprofit organization Cancer Pathways decided to be more adventurous in reaching kids and teens affected by cancer.

Since 2003, Cancer Pathways’ Camp Sparkle has been held in person at various sites throughout Washington state, including Seattle, Tacoma, Bellevue and Everett. Every year, camp activities lead to campers having fun, making friends with others who understand them, and an opportunity to communicate about the impact of cancer and heal emotionally.

This year, the organization wanted to reach more kids throughout Washington state (beyond the four campsites) and connect them with campers living in other states in the U.S. For this coast-to-coast online camp, each camper was mailed a “campers kit” with everything they’d need to participate fully from their own homes. During camp, they’d co-create songs and poems, and share their artwork and offline adventures with each other.

Local community partners came together to put on an unforgettable show for kids online. Partners included the Pacific Science Center, Hibulb Cultural Center and Natural History Preserve, Nash Fung magician, and Music Works NW. Campers had a blast, as did program partners. As Magician Nash Fung said, “It was so fun seeing everyone’s bewildered faces and smiles.” One camper summed it up with this note, “…every day I would wake up eagerly waiting for camp sparkle to start, I loved the DIY’s and hosts. Everyday when I went to Camp Sparkle I learned something new.”

“Next year, I hope that we can connect even more campers coast-to-coast. I love seeing them show a natural curiosity about the world around them and about each other, all while having fun with others who share their life experiences,” says Program Director, Mary Nicholas.

All campers attend Camp Sparkle for free and support group services are available to all families.

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Cancer causing virus affects the glial cells in central nervous system: Study by DST supported FIST facility

Indian Scientists have recently found that the cancer-causing virus Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) affects the glial cells or the non-neural cells in the central nervous system and alters molecules like phospho-inositols (PIP); a type of lipid, glycerol, and cholesterol, when the virus infects the brain cells.

This could pave the path towards understanding the probable role of the virus in neurodegenerative pathologies, especially given the fact that the virus has been detected in brain tissue of the patients suffering from neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson and multiple Sclerosis.

The EBV can cause cancers like nasopharyngeal carcinoma (a type of head and neck cancer), B-cell (a type of white blood cells) cancer, stomach cancer, Burkett’s lymphoma, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, post-transplant lymphoid disorders, and so on. More than 95% of the adult population is positive for EBV. However, the infection is mostly asymptomatic, and very little is known about the factors which trigger the development of such disease. It was the detection of the virus in patients with neurodegenerative diseases that triggered the search for the mechanism of propagation of the virus.

Scientists’ teams from the Departments of Physics (led by Dr. Rajesh Kumar) and Biosciences and Biomedical Engineering (Dr. Hem Chandra Jha) at IIT Indore along with their collaborator, Dr. Fouzia Siraj, at National Institute of Pathology (ICMR), New Delhi, used Raman Spectroscopy System supported by “Fund For Improvement of S&T Infrastructure (FIST)” scheme of Department of Science and Technology to trace the propagation mechanism of the virus. Research scholars Ms. Deeksha Tiwari, Ms. Shweta Jakhmola, and Mr. Devesh Pathak also contributed to this study published recently in the journal ‘ACS Omega’.


                        Images: Raman Spectrometer procured through DST-FIST Grant at Department of Physics, IIT Indore

The phenomenon of Raman Scattering, first discovered by Indian Nobel laureate (awarded by Bharat Ratna) Sir C. V. Raman, provides information on the structure of any material based on the vibrations produced in them. Similarly, the light falling on the virus generates vibrations in the biomolecules, depending on the make of the virus. Using RS, the light that is scattered by the virus can be captured and analyzed to understand its structure and behaviour. Interestingly, every virus has a different biomolecular composition and thus generates a unique Raman Spectrum that serves as a fingerprint to its identity.

Dr. Jha’s and Dr. Kumar’s team have elucidated the infection pattern of EBV in the brain cells showing that the virus is also capable of infecting the glial cells (astrocytes and microglia) in the brain. This study noticed a differential pattern of infection progression in different glial cells. Dr. Jha said, “We found that the virus may take different time intervals to establish and spread infection in various types of glial cells of the brain.” Apart from the timeline of infection progression, their team also tried to reveal the biomolecules involved at each step of the virus infection and relate it to various neurological manifestations.

Dr. Rajesh added, “Our study showed that molecules like phospho-inositols (PIP), a type of lipid, glycerol, and cholesterol, are predominantly altered during EBV infection in the brain cells.”

The study, based on spatial and temporal changes in Raman signal, was helpful in advancing the application of Raman Scattering as a technique for rapid and non-invasive detection of virus infection in clinical settings. Since all the techniques available for viral load detection in the brain by far include invasive methods, RS can be a sigh of relief for patients undergoing brain biopsies for diagnostic purposes. Furthermore, it can be helpful in determining the stage of infection based on biomolecular markers and thus aid in early diagnosis.

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Figure: Raman spectral signature from brain cells and their comparison.

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Figure: Raman spectrum and optical images from a brain tumor.

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