Cancer patient surprised by sweet sendoff after final treatment

posted: 07/28/15
by: TLCme

Cancer patient Ann Trachtenberg celebrated her last cancer treatment with a bang -- literally. After joking with her niece Stephanie Reinke-Richter that she wanted her final chemotherapy session to be accompanied by a marching band, Reinke-Richter pulled some strings (and horns, and drums) and got the University of Wisconsin marching band to play her off. The Badger band, as they're called, happily surprised Trachtenberg as she was leaving her chemo session.

You can see the shock on Trachtenberg's face as she walks out of the UW Carbone Cancer center in Wisconsin, flanked on either side by band members.

When Ann Trachtenberg joked she wanted to be escorted out of her last chemotherapy treatment by a marching band, little...

Posted by UW Carbone Cancer Center on Monday, July 20, 2015

Trachtenberg's daughter Lindsey was grateful for the band's surprise. "Thank you to the UW Carbone Center for taking great care of my mom," she wrote on her Facebook page, "to the UW marching band for providing the perfect celebratory soundtrack, to my amazing cousin for all she has done over the past few months, to our family and friends who have provided support in many ways, and to all of you for your kind and supportive comments here!"

Trachtenberg's chemotherapy nurse said that it also helped her other patients. "It's just fantastic that they were able to come and to spend time with us," Kelly Jones told the Huffington Post.