Ann Trachtenberg was joking around when she said she wanted a marching band to show up for her final chemotherapy treatment, the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center wrote on its Facebook page.
A video of the performance was posted on the cancer center’s Facebook page earlier this week. By Wednesday afternoon, it had been shared more than 10,000 times.
“Thank you, this was great,” Trachtenberg, who was wearing a Wisconsin shirt, can be heard saying the video, as she hugged a band member.
Mike Leckrone, director of the Wisconsin marching band, said in a phone interview that this kind of thing happens from time to time. (Band members perform for senior citizens, for example, or they’ll visit a hospital.) And, Leckrone pointed out, the UW band already has a relationship with the cancer center.
“It’s something that we do, I wouldn’t say as a matter of course, but certainly often, and quite enthusiastically,” he said.
Trachtenberg’s niece was the one who contacted the band to make it happen, Kelly Jones, the woman’s primary nurse, told ABC News on Tuesday.Jones described Trachtenberg as loving, strong and friendly.“She and I hit it off instantly … and she’s a very caring person,” Jones said.
“I understand it’s kind of gone viral,” Leckrone said of the video. “Which was kind of neat that it did — I think not only for her, but certainly for the kids in the band, realizing that that does have a great impact.”
Here’s a few more pictures from the day: