Fans travel to Peoria to celebrate Dan Fogelberg

By Alyssa Donovan

August 31, 2013 Updated Aug 31, 2013 at 11:27 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill.-- More than 100 people gathered on Saturday at the Dan Fogelberg Memorial to pay tribute to the man whose music touched their lives.

Pam Blanc traveled from Baton Rouge, Louisiana to be part of the 4th annual Dan Fogelberg Memorial weekend.

Blanc said, "We took a train for about 15 hours and then a 2 hour bus ride."

But she says it's worth it, Fogelberg's music has helped her through some hard times.

Blanc said, "No one else has touched a life as much as he did. I've been through a lot with Hurricane Katrina, his music got me through that, lost my daughter she used to listen to Dan's music so I feel like this is giving back to come here and honor him."

Fogelberg released his first album in the early 70's. The Peoria native passed away from prostate cancer in 2007 at the age of 56.

Co-founder of the Fogelberg Foundation of Peoria, Hugh Higgins, says over the years they've had people come from more than 38 states to celebrate Dan.

Higgins said, "Dan touched people's lives from around the country and touched them deeply."

Barb Settles Huge came from Indiana to be part of the weekend celebration.

Huge said, "His music is just so personal. He's a great story teller. I saw him in concert many times and this was just the next natural thing to do to show my appreciation of what he's given to the world."

Higgins says part of the foundation's mission is to bring awareness about early testing for prostate cancer.

Higgins said, "Unfortunately Dan didn't get tested soon enough he found out too late when it was advanced. Prostate cancer is very treatable for men if it is caught soon enough."