Linda believes in the healing and therapeutic power of music. Music can really touch our heart and soul. As a volunteer pianist at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Tx, Linda received the 2013 Joseph T. Ainsworth Community Service Award, along with all other entertainment volunteers. As stated in the awards ceremony, “Entertainment volunteers are a unique group. Not only do they ﬁll our lobbies with a wide variety of background melodies, they also often play music that strikes a familiar chord with patients who stop to listen and relax.
It’s been reported that some patients use their cell phones to record music they hear and then play it back during infusions and other treatments… These special volunteers are an important part of the (community) outreach … Their music transcends cultural differences and age disparities by providing a global greeting. Performances are regularly articulated with a friendly nod, a warm smile and pleasant conversation.”