Chemo patient's dance video with nurses goes viral
SAN ANTONIO —
Lucinda Gonzales spent a countless number of hours at the Texas Transplant Institute at Methodist Hospital for chemotherapy treatments.
"Sitting in the chair is exhausting,” the 38-year-old told Fox San Antonio’s Ryan Wolf. “It's tiring. It's frustrating. It's almost like your life's on hold."
While the machines and medicine did their work, Gonzales turned to music and family to help keep her spirits high. But during one, 4-hour chemo-session, described as exhausting last month, Gonzales asked some nurses at the center if she could try something new-- in the form of a dance video.
“I asked these beautiful ladies and said ‘do you mind dancing with me?’ And they said, ‘no, not at all.’ And that's how it skyrocketed from there."
Turning her IV pole into a dance prop, Gonzales, who will soon find out if her T-Cell Lymphoma, which is a type of blood cancer is in remission, rocked out with 4 different nurses to the classic song, ‘What I like about you’ by the Romantics.
The fun, not only pulled her out of despair, it also inspired thousands of other people from all over the nation who've watched the video posted to Facebook. Now she wants to give back.
"We have to give back to the people who help when we're vulnerable, especially in need, and it's just an awesome feeling,” Gonzales explained.
That’s why she nominated the nurses featured in the chemotherapy dance video for the CASH FOR KINDNESS award.
“Well hello everybody!" Wolf told staff at the treatment center during a fake work meeting. It was part of the CASH FOR KINDNESS surprise. Wolf shared with the group how Gonzales wanted to surprise everyone for their kindness during her years-long battle with cancer.
"It made me happy,” a nervous Gonzales told the group of nurses and doctors. “It makes me want to fight. And I'm so tired of fighting. I've been fighting for 4 years. It makes me want to fight even more. And I just want to say thank you so much ladies. I really appreciate it."
Some of the nurses featured in the video included Alma Flynn, Taylar Cordell, Jeannette McHugh and Veronica Vega. They were singled out for going above and beyond the call of duty.
“You can't do it alone,” Wolf told them. “It takes a team. And you guys proved that. The video was spectacular. I have a program on Fox San Antonio called CASH FOR KINDNESS."
News of the program led to cheers and excitement from people in the hallway. Wolf pulled out a stack of $100 bills and handed it to one of the featured nurses.
"$500, $600, $700, $800, $900, $1000,” Cordell said with a look of shock on her face. “Oh my goodness! It's people like Lucinda that make us feel like there's a silver lining somewhere for those patients. Lucinda and I have gotten really close. It's just awesome."
Another nurse also shared how the surprise made her feel. “I think it's awesome,” Vega said to Wolf. “I was not expecting this. When Lucinda asked us to do the video, I didn't even hesitate. I mean if two minutes, I can make her forget what she's pumping into her body, let's dance! And that's exactly what we did."
Because of a nursing policy that prohibits them from receiving money from patients, the 4 opted to donate their CASH FOR KINDNESS award to the local Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. It’s charity that’s near-and-dear to their hearts.
Click here to nominate someone for the $1,000 CASH FOR KINDNESS award.