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The Sweet Music of a Melodies Success Story

Brittany France sees herself as a shining example of the important work of the Melodies Center at Albany Med. That’s why at 26 years old, and 20 years after being treated at the Melodies Center, she still sings in the annual Melodies of Christmas concert which benefits the Center that saved her life.

“I love Melodies because it’s a way I can give back and show people that the hard work of the doctors and nurses at Albany Med really pays off,” she said.

At 6, France, who grew up in South Glens Falls, was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia. She remembers very little of the “bad stuff.” Instead, she recalls how the doctors, including her primary oncologist, Jennifer Pearce, MD, nurses and staff “made it fun” when she was in the hospital. While she went into remission quickly, she still had to endure three years of chemotherapy.

“It was tough, but really nothing but positive things have come from the experience,” she said. “In fact, it led me to a nursing career.”

A neonatal intensive care nurse in Rochester studying to be a nurse practitioner, she attributes her path to her experience nearly 20 years ago. She looks back at the doctors and nurses in the Melodies Center as role models.

“I do understand some of the helplessness parents feel,” she said, recalling her own family’s journey. “It reminds me what a special trust my patients’ families put in me.”
Today, she and her husband, Jeremy, are starting their own family with their first child expected in April — another occasion that will, no doubt, remind her of the Melodies Center and its positive impact on her life.