Charlie Hodge, Elvis' army buddy and friend until 1977, has been diagnosed with cancer. He has secretly been battling cancer the past two months, but today the "news" leaked.
Charlie met Elvis on the boat from the USA to Germany in September 1958. They stayed friends until Elvis' death in August 1977. Charlie was the guy who sang back up, played guitar, handed Elvis water and gave him scarf's on stage during the shows in the 1970's.
From Memories Theater, where Charlie Hodge has been performing these past few years, and here's the straight poop:
Charlie Hodge, despite his ailment, continues to perform nightly at Memories Theater and "if you were not aware of his condition, you would never know he is sick." His humor remains high, as does his faith in God.
Here is an update on the condition of Charlie Hodge from his girlfriend Jennifer:
"yes it is true that charlie has lung cancer. he was diagnosed on december 21st and started his treatments january 2nd. for 2 months he has to take radiation 5 days a week and chemo once a week. so far he is responding well to the treatments with little side effects so we are staying positive. after 2 months of treatment they might continue with the chemo. every 3 months they will do tests to see if his treatments are successful."
It would be wonderful if everyone in the Elvis world deluged Sir Charles with Get Well cards. Send to:
c/o Memories Theater
Pigeon Forge TN 37863
Source: Various / Updated: Jan 15, 2006