10/17/2012 09:36 am ET Updated Dec 17, 2012

Songs of Hope VIII: Helping Those With Cancer at City of Hope

One in two men and one in three women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime.

I was diagnosed with leukemia (AML) in 1999. After a bad experience at a well known medical center, I received a life-changing referral to City of Hope. In early 2001, I was cured by an unrelated bone marrow transplant performed by doctors at City of Hope, and the rest is history. There are no words to describe the medical expertise, emotion and lack of ego that collectively make City of Hope a magical place.

Winning this kind of battle gives you great perspective on how you spend your time. I have gained an unusual confidence to prioritize my time and enjoy life (and spend as little time as possible focusing on the negative).

The music and entertainment industry is in a unique position to truly help others. The industry utilizes its creative platforms to unite communities locally, nationally and globally to "do good" and make contributions that change lives.

The commitment of an extraordinary number of entertainment companies, executive leadership and artists all play a vital role in leveraging the power of the music and entertainment industry in order to create global impact, thereby enabling countless physicians, researchers and scientists to create longer and healthier lives for people everywhere. As Universal Music Publishing Group's EVP, Head of Film and Television Music and someone who serves on the Music & Entertainment Industry committee for City of Hope, it is a privilege to champion and share my knowledge about the organization's innovative and lifesaving work because cancer touches everyone. I speak with experience and a frame of reference when I say that City of Hope' s compassionate patient care is second to none.

On Thursday, Oct. 18, Clive Davis, Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, Jimmy Jam, Trevor Rabin and music and entertainment executive leadership committed to fighting cancer will take part in Songs of Hope VIII, a special annual event and silent auction that supports lifesaving research at City of Hope. The event will take place at Rolling Stone's exclusive House of Rock in Santa Monica. The evening will be emceed by Jimmy Jam and feature an intimate performance by Edmonds. Please Join me in the fight to end cancer by supporting City of Hope. To purchase tickets for this nearly sold-out event, visit