Music touches the heart of a retired entertainer


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Performing with the stage name D, this spunky little lady was a professional singer during the big band era, singing with Buddy Rich, Benny Goodman, and several other band leaders. 

Now in a group home under the care of Banner Home Care & Hospice, D was becoming increasingly angry at losing control over her life and complained about everything. When a care giver suggested music therapy, D refused. 

That changed when Kristen entered the scene. A music therapist recently added to the Banner Hospice Music Therapy team, Kristen began playing "A Sentimental Journey" and suddenly, D was smiling, singing, and even laughing.

According to Rev. Ricki Ray, a Banner Home Care & Hospice bereavement counselor, D comes alive when Kristin plays and Kristin treats her with respect and kindness, giving D absolute control over song choices.

“Having been in healthcare over 30 years myself, this is one of the most incredible things I’ve had the privilege to watch,” said Rev. Ray.

Banner Health’s President & CEO, Peter S. Fine, and his wife, Rebecca Ailes-Fine, established the Fine Family Matching Challenge through the Banner Health Foundation. The Fines will match donor gifts 50 cents on the dollar to build a $1.5 million endowment that will support and sustain Banner Hospice’s Music Therapy program in perpetuity. You can help.