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Monday, May 23, 2016


In some not so good news that we usually do not report...

It is sad to say that Willie Perry B.K.A Dj Casper of the 2000 dance hit jam Cha-Cha slide is battling cancer. The DJ is battling with two forms of kidney cancer, and though its being a journey for the hit maker we're hearing he's remaining in high spirit... Read more inside.

 Jet mag spoke with DJ Casper wifey, Check the convo below:

JET spoke with his wife, Joyce Perry, about DJ Casper’s cancer fight, an upcoming tribute event, and what’s he’s mixing up next.                                                  
JET: When I hear the name DJ Casper, I am mentally transported to sliding to the left and sliding to the right at family cookouts. Can you tell us about the origins of the song and the genesis of Casper’s DJ career as a whole?                                            
Joyce Perry: DJing was something that was always in him. The song was recorded, because he had created an exercise, and he wanted to put music to it, and that’s basically how it came about.

JET: And it sort of just blew up from there?                                                                   
Perry: Yup. Absolutely.

JET: I imagine it had to be crazy to see all the success that quickly followed. I understand that he continues to DJ today, but that this year has been a difficult one, as he was diagnosed with cancer. How has this experience been physically and emotionally for him and the family?              
Perry: He was diagnosed in January and found out he actually has two types of cancer: kidney cancer and neuroendocrine. When he found out, it was kind of hard, because he’s always been a free-flowing person. So, to be stopped in his tracks was difficult for him, but I think he’s come to the point now that he’s accepted it.

JET: How has treatment been for Casper and how is he feeling lately?             
Perry: They did surgery on him at the end of January, but were unsuccessful, so they decided to do chemotherapy.  I’m able to give him injections every day, because I’m a nurse, which is a blessing. My mom is a pastor, so there are a lot of prayers going up, and some Sundays, we make it to church.

JET: I hear you’re throwing a benefit event in Casper’s honor next month. Can you tell us more about that?                                                                        
Perry: He’s not working nearly as much as he used to, and all the medications are quite expensive, so I had it on my heart to throw him a benefit. There will be dinner, live entertainment and a special tribute to Casper to highlight all he’s done. He’s not just the guy who created the “Cha-Cha Slide.” In the process of paving his career, Casper used to roller skate and he won the World’s Largest Steppers Contest nine times straight. Read more Here

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