Tigard third grader Holly Bruno loves practicing songs on the piano, singing and playing board games with her parents and siblings.
She was your typical 8-year-old girl until August of last year, when pain on the side of her face led to a diagnosis of a type of cancer called rhabdomyosarcoma.
During Holly's initial hospital stay she was greeted by volunteers from the Children's Cancer Association and its MyMusicRx program.
Musicians perform and sing along with kids who are hospitalized with cancer and other serious illnesses, providing a distraction from the treatments and procedures that can be scary for kids and parents.
Holly and her mother Heidi were so inspired by what the program did for holly that they performed a popular and very fitting song from the hospital for the CCA's music event, Bedstock.
Music isn't all that the CCA has given Holly. She's also been matched with a Chemo Pal named Mandy.
“I like when she brings toys it helps distract me from my tummy and the chemo,” Holly said.
Holly's mom and dad say that while she still has several months of chemo to go, they're hopeful and grateful, and said CCA has brought joy to their sometimes scary fight against cancer.
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