When Dave Malicki heard the pop song "If My Brother's in Trouble," he nearly started crying.
The lyrics by singer-songwriter Jeffrey Osborne touched Malicki, whose younger brother and best friend, Stephen, has been fighting cancer since February.
A 23-year-old graduate of Glen Burnie High School, Stephen Malicki was working as a roofer in New Jersey when he started suffering from sharp abdominal pains. He was diagnosed with cancer of the lymph nodes in his abdomen and underwent surgery to have the tumor removed inFebruary.
After three months of chemotherapy, Malicki is feeling better. His cancer is in remission, and he's living at home again with Dave and his younger brother, Wayne.
"I'm feeling OK," he said during an interview last week. "It helps to be back here and have the family all together again."
His biggest worry now is paying off more than $9,000 in medical bills. The roofing company he worked for inOcean City, N.J., offered no medical insurance, and Malicki came down with cancer before he had a chance to afford a health plan, he said.
But his brothers have stuck by him. They are having a benefit dance May 10 at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie. Tickets are $12at the door and include free beer and munchies.
Malicki said he'snow trying to get back on his feet and start a roofing business here.
"At first, I wasn't comfortable with them having (a fund-raiser)," he said. "I thought it was just my problem. But when I saw they really cared, were really sticking to it, it made me feel a whole lot better."
Dave Malicki said he was inspired by the Osborne song, especially the lyrics: "If my brother's in trouble/I will always help him out/If my brother's in trouble/I will turn the world around."