Soul/funk singer Sharon Jones was first diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2013, and revealed Sunday night that her cancer had returned.
Sunday, Jones appeared at the premiere of Miss Sharon Jones!, the Barbara Kopple-helmed documentary filmed about holding her band the Dap-Kings together while battling cancer, at the Toronto International Film Festival and as Jones took the stage, she announced her diagnosis. “I start chemo on Wednesday,” she said according to Indiewire. “But I’m gonna keep fighting. We got a long way to go.” The Toronto Star continued her speech, “I’m going to do what I have to do,” she reportedly said before promising that the diagnosis won’t hold her back from “giving the people what they want.”
Her oncologist, Dr. James Leonardo, joined her at the mic and spoke of her inspiring outlook. “People ask me how I can do what I do,” he said. “This is how.”