Miracle Monday: How music helped heal a 14-year-old cancer patient

SPOKANE, Wash. — Friendship and music helped heal 14-year-old Lucy Riggs.

One year ago, Lucy was your typical teen who loved band, enjoyed playing soccer, and who looked forward to school.

In November 2021, a long bout with strep throat turned into the discovery of a very aggressive form of leukemia. She had acute myeloid leukemia.

Less than a year later, she is now in remission and as she explains, it was music that got her through.

“We were introduced to Scott and it was like a breath of fresh air to be able to play music again,” Lucy’s mom Catrin Riggs said.

Lucy, who is in 8th grade, was invited to join the band at the high school level. Thanks to Scott Ingersoll and his volunteer work, she had the chance to revisit her favorite hobby, in a very special way during her time in treatment at Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital.

“It’s something that is an immediate connection to make with patients and families and people,” Scott said.

He has been playing music with patients like Lucy for 11 years through the non-profit “Songs for Kids Foundation.”

They played together every Tuesday and Lucy made sure that nothing interfered with that schedule. She missed only one session when she wasn’t feeling well, and that one time, Scott played for her.

“You have this opportunity to build relationships with patients that are here for the long haul,” Scott said. “It’s a really immediate gift to just give someone and be able to be a part of the fabric of what happens in the hospital here and what the arts and healing crew get to do.”

Scott sees it as not only a gift for them but for himself.

Lucy is back playing in her own home now, but she says she’ll forever cherish those Tuesdays that helped her heal and gave her something to look forward to.

She is doing school online for the year ahead. After getting a bone marrow transplant, her immune system was essentially set back to zero.  She has weekly check-ups and right now, her future is looking bright.

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