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Cancer, Music, Life: Lessons To Learn from This Harvard Stellar Graduate [Video]


One of Harvard's stellar graduate is a leukemia survivor who inspires people, especially children, with his thesis. His personal senior thesis is a record album based on his pediatric cancer. Taylor Carol draws his strength from music to push through with his medical condition.

Carol's experience of leukemia since childhood inspired him to be a singer and songwriter, become an ambassador for children with cancer, and come up with the profound song album thesis, Harvard Gazette reported. This Harvard stellar graduate was quarantined in a hospital when he was 11 years old due to leukemia. He got out at the age of 12 after a bone marrow transplant.

After that, it took him six months to regain his ability to eat, walk, and see. Carol said it was music that saved his life, which functioned as a crutch or a support for him. His favorite music is from artists like John Mayer, The Who, and Dave Matthews.

He said that he found in music something he could grasp on that shows him the real meaning of life. He said he wants to use music to create a real impact on society through a meaningful way. He is planning to pursue a career in music in Los Angeles after graduation.

His senior thesis is a song album that works as a mentoring on subjects about end-of-life issues, especially for young cancer patients. Some of his songs include "Fall Away," "Soar," "Six Inches Away," and "Saline." His songs talks about the experience of isolation, infertility, romance in the hospital, and certain aspects of leukemia that doctors and nurses miss.

Leukemia needs care and early diagnosis. A new study found that African American patients suffering from Leukemia are more likely to die of this health condition than people from other ethnicities, WACH Fox 57 reported. One of the leading suspected causes for this is the difficulty to get early diagnosis and health care.

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