Music Helps 8 Year Old Patient Connect

A Musicians On Call, we have seen music help heal those who need it most. For this young girl and her mother in DC, it helped show deep signs of a brighter future.

As a Volunteer Musician as well as a medical student at Georgetown University, Nicholas Stukel witnesses healing moments regularly. Even he couldn’t help but feel touched by this special moment.

As I was playing for an 8 year old girl, she started singing along with me; that happens quite a bit, so I didn’t give it a second thought. But then, as we kept singing, I noticed that her mom was crying. After we finished, she told me that her daughter hadn’t interacted with anyone in weeks, and those few moments of our duet gave her some hope she desperately needed. There are a million marvels in modern medicine, but moments like these remind me that #musicheals too.


Thanks Nick for sharing your story!

Nick is taking a trip to Antartica soon as a part of Strums & Strides where he is attempting to become the first medical student to run a marathon on all seven continents. He is using the journey to support Musicians On Call’s mission to expand bedside music programs for hospitals across the country! You can help him by donating here.


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