Close Your Eyes and Tap Your Heels…

How a young student defied cancer and showed us that dreams really do come true

When the lights go down and the curtain goes up on a school play, the last thing a young actor wants to worry about is her health. Yet for one student, it was impossible to worry about anything else.

In the latest candid video profile from PBS and The Story of Cancer, Carol Rossetto – a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center – shares the story of a patient she cared for who had been cast as Dorothy in a school presentation of The Wizard of Oz. There was only one problem – two days before the show’s premiere, she was lying in a hospital bed and recovering from major lung surgery to treat cancer. Walking, never mind stepping on stage, seemed like little more than a wishful dream.

In an emotional and inspiring two-minute film, Carol shows us that dreams can come true – and that there truly is no place like home.

Carol’s story is the latest in an intimate series of videos that encourage people of all backgrounds to share their cancer stories. To view more of the video stories, click here, and share your story with us on Facebook and Twitter using #StoryOfCancer today.


Video produced by Redglass Pictures with illustration by Nina Frenkel and original score by Ryan Whittier. View additional candid video profiles from PBS and The Story of Cancer here.


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