A heartwarming video clip of a chemotherapy affected person and his nurse singing a Xmas carol has gone viral.
Penn Pennington, 67, a veteran musician, is now battling non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer of the white blood cells, for the second time.
Earlier this month, he was admitted to the Sarah Cannon Most cancers Institute at TriStar Centennial in Nashville, Tennessee, for his initial chemotherapy session to take care of this bout of most cancers.
Nurse Alexandra ‘Alex’ Collazo, who admitted him into the facility, acquired he of Pennington’s musical qualifications and promised they would do a jam session collectively.
On December 15, she brought her guitar to the healthcare facility and the two sang a rendition of O Holy Night in Pennington’s hospital area, though Pennington’s daughter, Brandi Leath, filmed their transferring performance.
A movie has gone viral of musician Penn Pennington, 67 (remaining), a chemotherapy affected person from Nashville, Tennessee, and nurse Alex Collazo, 24 (right), singing O Holy Evening
Collazo admitted Pennington into the healthcare facility and, when she uncovered of his tunes background, she promised to convey her guitar in for a jam session. Pictured: Pennington and Collazo singing
Pennington was a guitarist at the renowned Grand Ole Opry in Nashville for 23 years Leath advised DailyMail.com.
‘He picked up a guitar at [age] 9 and hasn’t place it down ever considering the fact that,’ she explained.
Leath remembers her dad singing to her in advance of bed, going backstage to see him after shows and – on her 14th birthday – her father bought state musician Jack Greene to sing Satisfied Birthday to her in front of the whole audience of a single of his exhibits.
The relatives was stunned and devastated when Pennington was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer of the white blood cells, in 2009.
Symptoms and signs normally include swollen lymph nodes, a painful and swollen stomach, difficulties respiratory, exhaustion and fever.
Cure generally is made up of either chemotherapy, radiation treatment or a bone marrow transplant.
Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is a very common most cancers in the US, creating up 4 p.c of all situations of the illness.
An believed 74,200 men and women will be diagnosed in 2019 and about 19,970 will die, in accordance to the American Most cancers Modern society.
Leath explained her father experienced small-quality chemotherapy treatments during his very first bout with the disorder but, even at a lesser efficiency, they often still left him drained.
‘He went to chemo treatment plans throughout the working day and then, at evening, went to engage in the Grand Ole Opry,’ she reported.
‘I would have his guitar to the phase due to the fact he was so weak.’
For 9 many years, Pennington has been in remission. Nonetheless, in November, he informed his daughter he was emotion unusually lower-strength.
Pennington was a guitarist for 23 yrs at the popular Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Pictured: Country musician Jack Greene (left) and Pennington (proper) in fall 2009 at the Grand Ole Opry
The musician was identified with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer of the white blood cells, in 2009. Pictured: Pennington actively playing at Layla’s bar in Nashville in 2019
Right after a several doctors’ visits and some considerable blood do the job, he was informed his most cancers experienced returned, and he experienced a tumor expanding on his liver.
‘This non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is powerful and fast escalating so he wants superior-grade cure,’ Leath reported.
Two weeks in the past, he was admitted to the Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at TriStar Centennial for powerful rounds of chemotherapy.
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Nurse Alex Collazo of Sarah Cannon Most cancers Institute at TriStar Centennial
That is in which he achieved nurse Collazo.
‘I often like to ask new people: “Explain to me one thing entertaining about yourself,”‘ she told DailyMail.com.
‘He stated: “Well I’ve been skydiving 1,252 times” and I was like: “Holy Cow!”‘
Collazo, 24, said she was surprised when Pennington questioned her the identical question in return. Patients didn’t usually flip her question all-around on her. She instructed Pennington she played guitar.
Immediately after understanding about his qualifications as a musician, Collazo promised to convey in her guitar so the two could have a jam session.
He started emotion lethargic in November and, right after doctors’ visits and blood tests, he was advised his most cancers had returned. Pictured: Pennington playing at Layla’s bar in Nashville in 2018
Right after 6 chemotherapy therapies, Pennington was declared in remission. Pictured: Pennington, second from left, playing at AJ’s bar in Nashville in 2018
Two days later on, she visited Pennington, who was starting up to feel much better from his treatments.
Initially, the two sang Elvis Presley’s Won’t be able to Enable Slipping In Appreciate.
‘And then he reported: “Let’s do an additional 1” and he claimed: “Let us do a Xmas song,”‘ Collazo reported.
‘O Holy Evening was the 1st a single that popped into my head.’
Pennington’s daughter, Leath, was in the place with them and instantly commenced recording on her telephone.
‘I you should not know how my very long dad has, but I wished to catch as many memories as I could,’ she reported.
‘When they ended up accomplished I was like: “That was amazing, I gotta share it.” So I set it on my Facebook and produced it community.’
As of Monday afternoon, it’s been seen a lot more than 681,000 occasions and shared more than 10,000 times.
‘Not in a million several years did I visualize it would get to this stage,’ Collazo stated.
‘I truly feel like I’m dreaming. It’s such a good emotion to know that I have provided this occupation, even just for [a] 7 days, these types of a very good title.’
Pennington was admitted it Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute two weeks back, in which he fulfilled nurse Collazo (remaining and right). She reported that the second Pennington picked up a guitar, he grew to become significantly happier
The video clip has gone viral with much more than 681,000 views and a lot more than 10,000 shares. Pictured: Pennington (still left) and Collazo singing O Holy Night time
Leath claimed she attempted to reply to just about every single comment, but before long they topped more than 1,000.
She said that the instant her dad commenced actively playing the guitar, he seemed happier than he’d been in weeks.
‘In his intellect, he was not in the healthcare facility,’ Leath explained.
‘Sitting there, listening to him enjoy, we did not truly feel like we were in a cancer hospital. We felt like we ended up at dwelling.’
Collazo additional that she feels that audio has a certain healing electricity.
‘Songs find words and phrases you cannot discover oneself to specific how you happen to be feeling,’ she explained.
‘Music is so highly effective and when you happen to be sick, you can’t do what you normally do at home to cope. So you try out to convey [patients] their enthusiasm.’
A GoFundMe web site has been started off to support protect the price of Pennington’s healthcare costs. As of Monday, additional than $3,200 has been elevated out of a $5,000 aim.