Friday, March 13, 2015

What your cabbie can teach you / by Joe Bevilacqua | March 13, 2015

Patrick Nilo and Joseph Bevilacqua
PubRadio Vet Joe Bev Reveals His Cancer Battle on NPR's Latino USA, premiering Friday, March 13, 2015. 

The award-winning actor, writer, producer finds silver lining in prostate cancer: a Chilean immigrant named Patrick Nilo (owner of CJ Cabs, Ellenville, New York).

NAPANOCH, N.Y. -- A diagnosis of cancer is never welcomed by anyone. But for veteran public radio producer Joe Bevilacqua  (Joe Bev), his diagnosis had a silver lining. He struck up an unexpected friendship with the cab driver who took him to his radiation treatments, a Chilean immigrant named Patrick Nilo (owner of CJ Cabs, Ellenville, New York) who came to the US in 1973.

Bevilacqua recorded his cab rides and a 4-minute collage will be broadcast on National Public Radio's Latino USA on March 13, 2015.
Bev completed his prostate cancer treatments on December 1, 2015, with a clean bill of health after 48 radiation treatments.

In addition, the complete four hours of cab ride audio is coming out May 2015, as an audio book, "The Cancer Cabby Chronicles," internationally distributed through Blackstone Audio.

This intimate audio vérité conveys a candid realism that will make listeners will feel as if they are in the cab with Joe and Patrick as they share very personal stories of their lives. It was recorded in November and December 2014 by Joe during two months of one hour cab rides from his home in Napanoch to the Dyson Center for Cancer Care in Poughkeepsie, New York and back again.


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