St. Louis Park resident Linda Trummer released a CD, with the help of music therapy intern Laney Donohue, April 12 at the Park Nicollet Frauenshuh Cancer Center.
The album, called “The Journey,” features lyrics written by Trummer, who is a cancer patient at the center.
Donohue sang some songs on the album and collaborated with Trummer during the writing process, as part of Park Nicollet’s Music Therapy Internship Project.
“I wanted to do something to help other cancer patients,” Trummer said. “That is really what this has all been about.”
Donohue said, “It’s really a powerful thing to be able to put people’s words to music.”
Donohue added, “I feel like I am a part of the cancer journey she has told me about and that I have read about.”
Doctors diagnosed Trummer with two types of lymphoma in 2015. Her cancer doesn’t have a cure, but Trummer is in remission, according to cancer center officials.
Trummer began writing after learning of her diagnosis. She initially wrote a book about her story in dealing with cancer as a way of encouraging other patients who are on their journeys with cancer.
She then began writing poetry used to create songs on the album. The Park Nicollet Foundation will sell “The Journey” with proceeds going to a fund that helps patients who need assistance.
The album is available through iTunes at tinyurl.com/mopkndg.
Her 2016 book, “From Hair to There: A Personal Journey Through Cancer,” is available on amazon.com.
St. Louis Park Mayor Jake Spano presented Trummer with the city’s Outstanding Citizen Award at his 2017 State of the City Address last month. Trummer led the Meadowbrook Collaborative in St. Louis Park for most of its 25 years of existence. The partnership between the city, St. Louis Park School District and Park Nicollet aims to improve the health, education and safety of residents of the Meadowbrook Neighborhood.
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