The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Singing with hope

Cancer survivor joins concert fundraiser

Amy Ogmundson is just plain tired—and that’s a good thing.

In November 2004 the 19-year-old member of Zion Lutheran Church, Ferndale, Wash., was suffering from Ewing’s sarcoma, a cancer of the bones. She had a massive tumor in her pelvis, which required surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.

Amy Ogmundson debuts  in  Benaroya
Amy Ogmundson debuts in Benaroya Hall, Seattle, last November while recovering from cancer. The “Symphony Thunder” concert annually raises money for Children’s Hospital in Seattle, where the singer received treatment.
During her treatment and recovery at Children’s Hospital in Seattle, she lived with her mother, Robin, at Ronald McDonald House. It was there that Ogmundson auditioned for composer Matt Messina. He has for the last eight years produced “Symphony Thunder,” a concert to raise money for the hospital.

“I sang a few of my original songs for Matt and he said, ‘I want you to play at the concert. I’m going to write a new song, and I also want you to play one of your pieces,’ ” Ogmundson said.

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