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Letter from Henrietta Neeley (viola) regarding playing in the hospital:

support-makeADifference-henrietta“I had just begun playing in the Critical Care unit when a nurse stood in front of me with a legal pad on which was written “Ave Maria?” When I came to the end of my piece she explained to me that it was a very sad day today in their unit. A young mother was dying of cancer, leaving three children ages 10, 6 and 4. The family was with her just down the hall. The nurse knew it was a Catholic family and thought they would appreciate the Ave Maria. Fortunately I had the music and began to play. As I did a man walked by me in tears and the nurses hugged him and comforted him. He turned to me to say thank you…without words, but with his expression….as he left. I was incredibly touched. This was a very special day at Sherman, more so than any other time I’ve played for Musicians Care. I have know from personal experience there the compassion of the staff. It was never more evident than today…not only from the tears of the nurses shed with a grieving family….but the compassion in requesting music that would mean something to them personally. I was incredibly honored to be asked to share in those moments. These are the times when Musicians Care truly is meaningful to everyone.”

– Henrietta Neeley, ESO viola