VAN HALEN Bassist Jams With Cancer Patient

Shannon Gauthier of has issued the following report:

The pain and fear that follows the reality of cancer was forgotten for a day last week when 18-year-old Brian Mammen had a wish granted.

Michael Anthony, of the band VAN HALEN, visited Mammen's San Dimas home bearing gifts, music and laughter. The May 25 jam session began with Mammen playing the lead song from the animated television series, "King of the Hill".

And it ended with a five-person band filled with Mammen's friends and Anthony playing "Panama", and other oldies but goodies.

"It is times like this that cause people to reach out and really touch each other, and it makes me feel so wonderful," Mammen's grandmother Sandra Mammen said as she tearfully watched her family enjoying themselves.

Anthony, whose visit was arranged through Helping Heroes Productions, an Azusa-based nonprofit organization, said he was happy to jam with Mammen.

"I've been blessed with great kids and career, and if I can give anything back I am glad to do it," he said.

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