Flute Concert Benefits Multiple Sclerosis Research
by Jason Lamb
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A concert at a Mid-State church this weekend took on a special meaning for one of the flute players in the performance.
Kerry Shaffer is a professional flutist who has been battling Multiple Sclerosis for two years now.
Just last week, doctors told her she would have to begin a clinical trial treatment that involves chemotherapy, meaning she wouldn't be able to participate in the annual MS walk she usually takes part in to raise money for a cure.
So her friends organized a flute performance at the First Presbyterian Church in Oak Hill on Sunday, not only as a fundraiser for the national MS society, but also as one more chance for Kerry to play before her treatment that may make playing the flute impossible for a while.
"I don't look at my flute and think, ‘Oh, I might not play again.' I smile and think of the amazing friendships I've made with it," said Shaffer.
Shaffer was one of only 30 people across the country selected to participate in the clinical trial she'll be starting soon to help battle her disease.