It was only half a year after moving to Singapore when Miki Arimura found out about her tumor. She was upset and lost, but she found energy and power from specific genre of music. She plays American contemporary music for work, and enjoys listening to Japanese rock music when she was recovering from the treatment.

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Miki Arimura uses music to connect with cancer patients and survivors. Music made her stronger and helped her overcome cancer.

She said, “Especially in concerts where I can connect with people through music. It means a lot to me when I encourage the people or cancer patient through my music.”

She could not believe it when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Throughout her journey her husband supported her. When she had her surgery her mother came to Singapore to be with her.

She studied in Kunitachi College of Music in Japan, and later received her Master’s in Piano Performance at California Institute of the Arts. She has been organising piano concerts ever since she was 24 years old, in the United States, in Japan, and in Singapore.

She played at a concert in NUH during treatment in support of other cancer patients as she understood the pain and frustrations cancer patients are going through. At the Singapore Cancer Society - TalkMed Relay For Life (RFL) 2019 she will be played the piano at the National Stadium, to CELEBRATE, REMEMBER, and FIGHT BACK against cancer.

She added, “I received a lot of support through my cancer journey. So I always thought that when the opportunity comes I should give back to the cancer community. So I was much honored when I was approached to perform at the RFL which is such a very meaningful event.”

She wants to keep showing her support and journey alongside other cancer warriors. She said, “To those fighting cancer, NEVER GIVE UP. Don’t blame yourself, it is not anyone’s fault, there is no reason. Just think about the future and fill your mind with happiness and fun. Don’t lose hope. And you are never alone.”

To find out more about Singapore Cancer Society - TalkMed Relay For Life and to volunteer: https://scsrelayforlife.sg/about-relay-for-life/

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