Former ‘Idol’ Luke Menard Not Letting Cancer Interfere With Music Career

Former “American Idol” contender Luke Menard is continuing on with his music career despite his recent cancer diagnosis.

In May, it was revealed that the Top 24 contestant from Season 7 was battling Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and though he has been busy receiving treatment for the disease, he continues to work on new music.

“Luke is doing great,” fellow Season 7 contestant Michael Johns told Access Hollywood. “He went through his second round of chemo. He is battling. He is actually going to Nashville to do some writing very soon, [a] second round of writing.”

Menard, 29, a one-time carpet layer, has been battling stage two of the disease in Los Angeles, with his wife by his side.

Though chemotherapy is known to be rough on a patient, Menard isn’t letting the disease or its treatment stop him. Johns said the Indiana native is even hoping to catch his buddies on the “American Idols” Live Tour 2008, which kicks off July 1 in Glendale, Arizona.

“He is feeling really fit and healthy but it’s not getting in the way of his career,” Johns said. “He actually told me he was going to come to a couple of shows.”

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