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By Chris Conte

Singer battling brain cancer gets special honor

ROCHESTER (KTTC-DT) -- Saturday afternoon, a Rochester musician battling terminal cancer was inducted into the South Dakota Country Music Hall of Fame for his achievements as a singer, song writer and guitar player.

Danny Olmstead is better known in the country music world as "Danny Dee." The tumor that's taken over the right side of his brain, has completely paralyzed the left side of Danny's body. Now, the 60-year-old country music singer can no longer pick up his guitar.

"For the most part, you let God lead you where he's going to lead you too," says Danny Dee.

Saturday though, wasn't about Danny the cancer patient, it was about Danny the musician.

"I actually brought you your plaque to induct you into the South Dakota Country Music Hall of Fame," said Win from the association presenting the award.

Danny's spent most of his life playing music and touring the Midwest with his band Blackwater.

"How can you be awarded for something you love?" Dee said.

The people at the South Dakota Country Music Hall of fame know Danny's cancer is so severe, he may not make it to the induction ceremony this October. So rather than chance it, they brought the ceremony to him.

"You gotta live for this moment and we can think about the past and we can't think about the future or you'll go nuts," said Danny's wife Glenda.

After living with cancer for nearly seven months, Danny and his wife know there may not be too many moments like these left.

"What bothers me the most is leaving her behind," he says.

Danny's friends and family have setup a trust fund in his honor:

Donations excepted at any Wells Fargo Bank

Trust: c/o Alfred Danny Olmstead IRT

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