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Teen Cancer Survivor Creates Food For The Soul

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by Marcus Washington

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A 15-year-old Franklin girl beat cancer not once, but four times, but her pain and battling cancer has pushed her to create a lasting impression.

Gigi Pasley is a typical teenage girl who loves music. Listening to her song Leona Lewis' Bleeding Love, brings her happiness.

"I've had Leukemia three times and osteosarcoma once. Pretty much my whole childhood I've been in the hospital," said Gigi.

The cancer fight started for Gigi at just 18 months old. She lost her twin sister to the disease when she was just 2 years old.

Trying to be a normal kid and dealing with chemotherapy, made Gigi not want to face her road to recovery, until she met musical therapist Jenny Plume.

"It kind of helped relieve the internal pain, and it took your focus off, I am dying and let's do this instead," said Gigi.

Plume started a program at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital which uses music to help kids and their families deal with the stress of battling terminal illnesses.

Gigi and other children would write down how they felt and Plume would help create songs.

"I think the bigger picture is, there is more than one way to heal," said Gigi.

With the help of Music Row Engineer, Tom Fouce, whose son was also a patient, he was able to get few well-known names on board to help create an album.

Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Melinda Doolittle and Amy Grant just to name a few, all lent their voices to bring the patients' words to life.

"Like here are these famous people. I was like, 'really? That's awesome,'" said Gigi.

Gigi's mother Jessica Pasley said "so to hear someone who has such a reputation as a songwriter or singer/songwriter and they're singing her words, you look at it and go, oh my gosh, that was from my child."

The album of songs is called Everybody Has A Story and money from the sales will keep this program going.

Gigi said this is just as important as raising money for medication saying, "This is not an injection, no it doesn't go into you, but it goes into your soul."

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