When nurse Alex Collazo met her patient, Penn Pennington, she had no idea that they would share a meaningful moment that would be celebrated by people around the world.
Pennington was admitted to the Sarah Canon Cancer Center Institute in Nashville, TN after he was diagnosed with an aggressive strain of non-Hodgkin�s lymphoma. He was there for an intense round of chemotherapy and, needless to say, his mood was low.
“The particular plan for treating this strain of lymphoma has been inpatient in the hospital, five days� worth of chemo,� Pennington told Today. �Because it’s so aggressive, we’re having to hit it really hard.”
“To find out the cancer is back, it’s not something that anybody really wants to hear about themselves,” he continued.
What ended up lifting his spirits was Collazo, who made sure he felt comfortable at all times and whose genuine conversation made him feel more relaxed.
�She asked me, ‘Tell me something fun about yourself, and then I said, ‘Well, I’ve skydived 1,252 times.'” – Penn Pennington
As the two got to know each other, Pennington found out that they both played guitar and loved music. So, Collazo brought in her guitar to cheer him up.
As Pennington strummed the guitar, Collazo mentioned that she loved to sing. What she didn�t know was that Pennington is a professional musician who has performed in bars all over Nashville � he even played the Grand Ole Opry! Pennington�s daughter Brandi Mykle Leath was visiting him at the time and she recorded the duo singing the holiday classic, �O Holy Night.�
Leah was so touched that she shared the video to Facebook to get some attention for Calluzzo in hopes she�d be nominated for Nurse of the Year. Since it was posted, the video has gotten almost 8,000 likes and has been shared over 7,000 times.
While Collazzo and Pennington are now internet sensations, the 24-year-old nurse said she just wanted to do something to cheer up her patient.
“I’ve made it a point in my career to bring happiness and laughter to my patients because they’re going through such a dark time in their lives,” Collazo said. “They’re having a rough go and I really wanted to make a point for all my patients to help them forget that they’re in the hospital and what they’re going through for a few minutes, whether it’s joking around with them or telling them crazy childhood stories or I guess, now, playing music.”
This moment is a great example of how a bit of kindness goes a long way. By just listening to her patient, Collazzo was able to build a bridge and find a common interest. Why not try to do the same with the people around you? Let’s #StartSomethingGood together.
(Source: video Brandi Mykle Leath Facebook)