Music for Cancer
Through a series of personal events — prompted by the loss of both my grandparents to cancer — my music is now embraced by music therapy programs in hospices throughout the United States. It all began in 2002 when my grandfather was suffering with advanced cancer and was admitted to a beautiful and loving hospice in Maryland. My piano music was one of the few things that helped comfort him during a devastating time, despite the amazing care he received.
One day a nurse asked, “What is this music? It’s beautiful, and we should have it in every room!” At that moment a seed was planted in my heart. When my grandmother was later admitted to hospice as well, I became even more determined to provide relaxing, tranquil, calming and soothing music for people at the end of life’s journey.
To date, I have donated more than 1,000 CDs to hospices, hospice fundraisers and other medical organizations and cancer treatment centers throughout Florida. I have also performed in many benefit concerts in order to raise money for music therapy programs. Amazingly, even though the butterfly is Hospice’s “internationally-recognized symbol”, the butterfly imagery and theme of my “Wings to Fly” CD was never chosen for its significance to Hospice. I do not believe in coincidences, and see now that the imagery of the CD was simply meant to be. “Wings to Fly” has found a home amongst Hospices and cancer treatment centers, and in fact a song from that CD, entitled “Sunflower Gate” was used as the soundtrack for a nationally-distributed Patient DVD by Vantage Oncology.
I believe music soothes the soul, and I am humbled and extremely grateful that my piano music gives joy and peace to people wherever they are in their life’s precious journey. Thank you for listening.