Local Artist Uses Music to Benefit Breast Cancer Health Center - NBC Southern California

Local Artist Uses Music to Benefit Breast Cancer Health Center

Raven Quinn has turned her diagnosis into a mission to help other young patients

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    A young musician has made it her mission to give back to the Orange County facility that helped her through a breast cancer diagnosis. Angie Crouch reports for the NBC4 News at 11 on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016. (Published Monday, Feb. 22, 2016)

    Raven Quinn is a rising star -- as a singer-songwriter, she has two studio albums under her belt, and has a thriving career as a children's book illustrator.

    But in June 2015, while she was promoting her latest album, Raven found a lump in her breast.

    She got the devastating news that at the age of 31, she had an aggressive form of breast cancer.

    "I was just in shock and disbelief," she said. "I sat on my bed and started to cry. I have no history of this in my family whatsoever."

    Raven researched dozens of doctors and eventually came across Breastlink, a medical center with five Southern California locations dedicated solely to breast health.

    During five painful rounds of chemotherapy, Raven worried her days as a rock star might be over.

    "My world spiraled out of control pretty quickly for the first couple of weeks of this diagnosis," she said. "Until I realized this battle, as well as physical, is a mental and spiritual battle."

    Raven found the team of specialists that would heal her body and her spirit in Breastlink in the city of Orange.

    "I get a hug from someone every time I come here," she said. "It's so warm and familial. I can't imagine having this experience anywhere else."

    Raven still has to go through radiation, but she is well on her way to recovery. She is grateful for the care she has received at Breastlink, as well as the support she has received from fans.

    Raven is now using her music to give back. She is donating half the proceeds from her latest album "The Acoustic EP" to Breastlink's cancer research collaboration, which funds clinical studies.

    "Honestly and truthfully, because I'm so grateful to this place, without exaggeration, they've saved my life," she said.

    Her oncologist, Dr. Wade Smith, said Raven's generosity and sweet spirit have inspired his team to work even harder.

    "Her positive energy lifts up the attitude of our other patients and gives us that added push forward that there will be future Ravens coming through the door, and we're going to be ready to take care of them," Smith said.

    Learn more about Breastlink here.

    For more about Raven Quinn and her music, click here.

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