Marci Kyle is not a singer. Or a songwriter. So she isn't sure what inspired her to tell one of her patients, Lester Healy, that she'd sing for him at his last chemotherapy appointment. "His wife told me, 'I'm going to hold you to that,'" Marci, a social worker in the Hematology/Oncology Department at Mayo Clinic's campus in Arizona, tells us. So she went back to her office with one question on her mind: "What am I going to do?"
After some head scratching (and internet searching), Marci came up with a plan. She decided to tweak the lyrics to the "Banana Boat Song" — better known as "Day-O." Or, in Marci's version, "May-O." And on the day of Lester's last appointment, she was ready to serenade him with lines like, "The chemo is done and you want to go home." The rest of Marci and Lester's story.
This story originally appeared on the In the Loop blog.