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Dave Jodka was just 44 when he was diagnosed with sinus cancer. Doctors told he and his wife Kathleen that the prognosis was good, but things took a terrible turn in 2014 and the Scituate father of four did not live through the year. In his last months, Dave and Kathleen thought hard about what Dave wanted to leave behind and how he wanted to be remembered by their children. Cancer wasn't it. He wanted his life to be marked by joy and music. As a teenager, Dave was in a fledgling rock band and spent every day from that point forward listening to music–playing, writing, dancing, singing. It was a gift he wanted to pass on to his children and his community and he did. Listen to today's episode to hear about the earliest days of The Mad Love Music Festival and the Dave Jodka Scholarship for Future Rockers at South Shore Conservatory in Hingham. Ally is joined by Dave's wife Kathleen Jodka, one of the first recipients of the music scholarship Darcy Milligan with the teen band Toast and the band's coach Erik Calderone.