Tuesday, February 24, 2009

musiKids and musiKares

"It is in moments of illness that we are compelled to recognize that we live not alone but chained to a creature of a different kingdom, whole worlds apart, who has no knowledge of us and by whom it is impossible to make ourselves understood:  our body." ~Marcel Proust

Lisa Flaxman (pictured below), a breast cancer survivor, founded musiKids, a place for children of preschool age to come and learn music. She also created musiKares which brings music to adults and children at Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. On January 14th she died of a brain tumor. Cancer recurs.

I did not really know Ms. Flaxman. I was just lucky enough to have spent a couple hours with her in November of 2007 photographing her for a profile in a local magazine. She was too nice for words. Accommodating and enthusiastic. Played the piano for me, made funny faces, and brought me to her daycare center to see her creation. Just a kind woman.

The Washington Post has a very touching article from one of her friends, Emily Wax, a breast cancer survivor herself.


  1. wow, that is a tough story. scary. what a great thing she started for children.

  2. Hey Rox.

    Yes... the woman sure left her mark.