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Nurse at Sarah Cannon Cancer Center singing O Holy Night with Nashville cancer patient and musician
Posted by: jh
Date: December 16, 2019 05:32PM
The singing may not be the best but when you are going through chemo. . . .

Video here
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Re: Nurse at Sarah Cannon Cancer Center singing O Holy Night with Nashville cancer patient and musician
Posted by: Frank
Date: December 16, 2019 06:09PM
That was wonderful. Thanks for posting.
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Re: Nurse at Sarah Cannon Cancer Center singing O Holy Night with Nashville cancer patient and musician
Posted by: Sam3
Date: December 17, 2019 04:21AM
Truly wonderful! Thank you. I hope this goes viral.
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Re: Nurse at Sarah Cannon Cancer Center singing O Holy Night with Nashville cancer patient and musician
Posted by: Ammo
Date: December 17, 2019 01:04PM
What a display of the human spirit!



Where is there dignity unless there is also honesty? - Cicero

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. —Wendy Mass
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Re: Nurse at Sarah Cannon Cancer Center singing O Holy Night with Nashville cancer patient and musician
Posted by: jh
Date: December 17, 2019 05:29PM
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Sam3
Truly wonderful! Thank you. I hope this goes viral.



That might happen.

'O Holy Night': Nashville nurse's duet with veteran musician in cancer ward offers holiday inspiration

When oncology nurse Alex Collazo found out one of her patients was having a bad time with chemo therapy, she took an unconventional approach to cheering him up — pulling out a guitar and singing a few duets.

There's a twist, though: The man in the hospital bed was the one playing the guitar.

Penn Pennington has been playing in Nashville since the 1980s, appearing in downtown country bars for 30 years and with Jack Greene at the Grand Ole Opry for 23 years, his daughter Brandi Leath said.

Leath caught the patient and nurse pair jamming on camera and posted it to Facebook, where the video had been viewed more than 75,000 times by Tuesday afternoon.

Collazo, 24, is a registered nurse at Tristar Centennial's Sarah Cannon Cancer Center in Nashville. She started playing guitar in middle school but says singing is where her passion for music lies.

"I admitted him to the hospital and we got to talking, so I asked him to tell me something fun about himself. I could tell he was kind of down," she said.

Pennington told her he'd been skydiving more than 1,250 times. In return, Collazo shared her musical ability, which charmed Pennington. They agreed to have a jam session the next chance they got.

Collazo brought in her guitar for him to play.

On Sunday, the pair finally had a moment where Collazo was free and Pennington was feeling up to playing.

"All right my friend, it's time to jam," Collazo said.

The pair sang a version of "Can't Help Falling in Love" first, before Pennington asked her if she knew any Christmas songs, she said.

They chose "O Holy Night," and it was the video Leath posted of them singing the slow harmony that caught the most attention on social media.

"He's going through something so rough and so terrifying, and this was something I could do for just a moment in time to help him forget he was in the hospital and what was going on," she said. "This is what we do on our floor. We put compassion into everything."

The oncology ward where Collazo works, is named for another Grand Ole Opry legend. Sarah Cannon is better known as Minnie Pearl, a longtime singer and comedian who was on the Opry show for more than 50 years. She also starred on Hee Haw for decades.

Her name is used across the international HCA Healthcare network for cancer centers and was offered up by Cannon after receiving treatment for breast cancer at the center in Nashville, HCA reports on their website.

"She offered the use of her given name to promote cancer research and patient education with a vision of offering patients convenient access to early detection, clinical trials and a team approach to cancer care," HCA wrote.

Collazo said singing a Christmas carol was especially moving to her at this time of year.

"They don't get to go home to spend time with their families for the holidays. It's a very hard struggle for them," she said. "Everything we do is for our patients. Keep spreading love, being kind to one another. That moment could change someone's life.

"Just be kind."
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