Marching band helps woman battling cancer celebrate last day of chemo

Ann Trachtenberg celebrating with the University of Wisconsin Marching Band following her last chemotherapy session. (University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health)

When Ann Trachtenberg began chemotherapy about four months ago, she joked with her nurse that she wanted a marching band there on her last day to help her celebrate. Much to her surprise, the University of Wisconsin Marching Band was waiting for her this week as she walked out of the Carbone Cancer Center.



Trachtenberg has gone through six cycles of chemotherapy as part of her treatment for breast cancer. It was her niece that arranged for members of the so-called Badger Band perform Trachtenberg's exit song Monday afternoon.

"It's just fantastic that they were able to come and to spend time with us," nurse Kelly Jones told ABC in a statement from the University of Wisconsin. "It was great for the other patients, too, because everyone who came into the clinic saw it and they were cheering for her, too."

The UW Carbone Cancer Center posted video of the celebration to its Facebook page, where thousands of people have congratulated Trachtenberg on reaching her milestone and thanked the band for its community spirit.

"As both a former Marching Band member and cancer patient, I am beyond touched by this. Great job BAND! Best wishes Ann and good health," one person wrote.

"Saluting your strength, the love of an amazing niece, and the dedication and kindness of the UW band members," wrote another. "Congratulations everyone on a job well-done! My prayers to you, Ann, for health and a long and happy life!

Ann Trachtenberg celebrating with the University of Wisconsin Marching Band following her last chemotherapy session.


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