Joanne Shenandoah Transplant Drive

$64,900 of $450,000 goal

Raised by 962 people in 26 months
Leah Shenandoah
on behalf of Joanne Shenandoah
 ONEIDA, NY
Such an out pouring of love and support is so very much appreciated!  For more information please go to www.joanneshenandoah.com and share this site. 

The email for specific questions can be sent to info@joanneshenandoah.com.  Kindly be patient as we undertake this most amazing and wonderful task for such a talent!!

With respect and gratitude we appreciate your support and look forward to hearing from you!
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An Update of Joanne Shenandoah in Lakota Country Today:

http://www.lakotacountrytimes.com/news/2018-03-15/Headlines/Joanne_Shenandoah__Living_Symbol_Of_Positive_Energ.html
Joanne Shenandoah – Living Symbol Of Positive Energy
BY JIM KENT
LCT CORRESPONDENT

Oneida singer/songwriter/guitarist Joanne Shenandoah is back from a 3-year battle for her health that included severe liver disease.

Anyone searching for proof that alternatives to Western medicine exist need look no further than Joanne Shenandoah.
“Things began to improve after that,” Kanentiio recalled.

Along the way, the 14- time Native American Music Award winner returned to the studio to produce an album with long-time friend and Certified Therapeutic Harp Practitioner Bambi Niles called “One World Christmas” (December 2016), which was nominated for a NAMMY.

“She’s a walking miracle,” observed Niles, who’s also a registered nurse. “I believe it’s Joanne’s will to live and her love of life. She had much more to do and much more to give. You know you’ve met a force when you’ve met Joanne. She is just beautiful inside and out and very, very thoughtful… and also very insightful. And I think that she knows the gift that she has to give. There’s still much more to come from Joanne.”

While still recovering from her liver infection, Joanne Shenandoah teamed with Certified Therapeutic Harp Practitioner Bambi Niles to record the album “One World Christmas” (December 2016), which was nominated for a NAMMY. “We traveled far and wide listening to testimonies and spoke to everyone,” Shenandoah recalled. “Doctors, lawyers, teachers, women, police officers, young people, you name it. And coming off the heels of that…my heart was, basically, just devastated to hear all this pain and suffering going on. And I think it really did affect my immune system.”

It was this vulnerability to her health that Shenandoah believes contributed to her contracting “C Diff” (Clostridium difficile), a bacterial virus that many older people get, during a visit to a nursing home. The musician has regularly visited nursing homes to bring her music to the elders.

Doug George Kanentiio, Shenandoah’s husband, remembered the infection starting out as a cold.

“And she just wasn’t getting better,” he explained. “She saw a doctor in Utica, N.Y. He checked her ammonia levels and said ‘Well, you have a compromised liver.’ He saw that her liver was being affected and wrote on his report that she’s Native American and therefore this has to be alcohol related. This was very upsetting to me and Joanne. It was a great error on his part. It wasn’t alcohol related. But most Native American people have, whether they know it or not, a fatty liver… which is good for digesting proteins, but when it comes to processed foods it’s less effective. And it can lead to liver failure.”

Still ill, Shenandoah was scheduled to be in South Korea. She journeyed there but returned home with double-pneumonia.

“I could hear her labored breathing from 20 or 30 feet away,” Kanentiio recalled. “We went to the hospital and they removed 4 liters of fluids from her lungs and chest cavity. She also went into a coma. We suspended all travel related to her music for the next few months. I made sure she received proper medical care and then began looking all over the world for the best place to go for a liver transplant, because the doctor said it looked like she was in dire need of one. I found that the Mayo Clinic in Florida was the best place in the world for this.”

Shenandoah flew to Jacksonville in February 2016 and spent 7 months at the Mayo Clinic simply stabilizing. And during that time something remarkable began to happen – her liver began to heal.

Each liver transplant patient is given a MELD - Model for End-Stage Liver Disease – number. The scoring system for assessing their health stops at 40.

“At which point your liver is basically dead,” Kanentiio explained. “When she was in the hospital in Rochester, N.Y. her number was 34. It went down to 27 within a month of transferring to the Mayo Clinic, and then down to 24.”

Doctors had no explanation for this. There were 7 patients on Shenandoah’s floor waiting for liver transplants. Six received them, but they held the musician back from the major surgical procedure because her MELD score just kept dropping.

Released in August 2016 and placed on a donor waiting list, her numbers had improved to where her condition wasn’t as extreme as it had been.

“My daughter insisted that I go all organic and made me go to the gym,” Shenandoah explained. “And I started meditating using music as a healing vibration.”

She continues this regime, including meditating for 3 hours each day.

Meanwhile, when Shenandoah returned home her husband arranged for her to receive care through traditional healing ceremonies performed by her people, the Iroquois.

“Things began to improve after that,” Kanentiio recalled.

Along the way, the 14- time Native American Music Award winner returned to the studio to produce an album with long-time friend and Certified Therapeutic Harp Practitioner Bambi Niles called “One World Christmas” (December 2016), which was nominated for a NAMMY.

“She’s a walking miracle,” observed Niles, who’s also a registered nurse. “I believe it’s Joanne’s will to live and her love of life. She had much more to do and much more to give. You know you’ve met a force when you’ve met Joanne. She is just beautiful inside and out and very, very thoughtful… and also very insightful. And I think that she knows the gift that she has to give. There’s still much more to come from Joanne.”

Doctors have no explanation for Shenandoah’s recovery and continually improving good health.

“They said they’re baffled,” she remarked. “They called me cryptogenic down at the Mayo Clinic because they said they couldn’t find an actual pinpointed reason why I’m getting better…or how I got so very ill.”

Further evidence of the musician’s amazing ability to heal through traditional Native American ceremonies, healthy eating, exercise, meditation and, above all, maintaining a positive attitude came last month when Shenandoah’s MELD number dropped to 11; 7 or 8 is considered normal.

“Joanne was advised this week that she’s been taken off the liver transplant list,” commented Kanentiio.

With an audiobook she narrated due out on March 20 for Women’s History Month – “A Narrative of the Life of Mrs. Mary Jemison”, and calls starting to come in asking if she’s well enough to travel to share her music, Joanne Shenandoah continues moving forward on her road of good health. But in doing so she’ll need to pace herself, observed Mary Carol Yoshino, the nurse practitioner who was with the musician at the start of this long journey.

“She’s not back to where she was,” Yoshino commented. “She knows she has to rest. She knows she has to stay under a doctor’s care to continue the testing to ensure that she continues to improve. But music is a positive force in her life. I cannot help but feel that she is on to something that medicine really needs to recognize.”

Shenandoah will be sharing what she herself has learned about her near death experience in the book she’s writing, titled “Lifting The Sprit”. She noted that although one translation of her Iroquois name is “She Sings”, another is “Lifts The Spirit”.

And that’s exactly what Joanne Shenandoah has been doing – and plans to continue to do – for as long as she can.
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January 2018 Update



Good news is that my health, energy, outlook remain positive. As 2018 rang in, I spent time with my family and loved ones and was never so aware of the passing of time. I realize that at any time many of us who may face the inevitable days of growing older.



Many of my friends and colleagues made their journey across the star path this past year. I feel ever more blessed to continue my earthly journey and continue to appreciate all those who have given their love and financial support to my continuing healing process. Of course I am aware, that I must remain without any sort of infection or flu.



I am spending my days meditating and trying to methodically get organized enough to do more recording, writing and making future plans.


There are still many medical expenses, co-pays, and deductibles. Please consider donating if you can, every little bit helps. If you are unable to donate at this time, please share my music and story with your friends. The Mayo clinic costs from last year run about 8K, not considering all the travel back and forth.



Thanks again for your kindness. Prayers and shares!!! It all works!



In Peace,

Joanne
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To be given a chance to continue bringing the gift of healing through music is quite remarkable and such a miracle to me. While the doctors say that I will still need a transplant and am on the “list”, I am considered in-active because I do not live within a 6 hour drive. Also, my meld score has improved through vibration of song, intent, prayer and continued meditation – which makes me ineligible.



I am grateful to all of you have supported me financially and spiritually in my quest for healing. I still have a long way to go to get up to speed financially from when I was ill. I cannot express enough how moved I am for the donations I’ve received to date.



If you are aware of those who have been inspired or music has made a difference in their life, I would like to hear about it – as it continues to enlighten me of how many lives have been affected physically and spiritually.



Many of you may have heard about the Native American Music Awards. My last recording “One World Christmas” was nominated in two categories. While we did not take home the award, I was pleased to attend and see many of my friends and talented musicians there, and of course it’s always an honor to be nominated. This recording was difficult for me as I literally forced myself out of bed to get to the studio last fall, but I was joined by the talented Bambi Niles on the harp and it turned out magical.



Might you consider making a donation toward continued medical expenses?? it would mean a great deal to me. Or, perhaps there are those you know personally who may be able to help and you could share my story and my music.



I will continue to keep you posted. Life continues to be a major blessing to me as I know our prayers are so needed across the world with floods, fires and earthly destruction. Through our compassion and intent of well-being to one another and the natural world we can bring healing through music!!!



Ever Mindful..Ever Grateful,

Joanne Shenandoah
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Mid – September 2017

Fall is upon us already and as the days go by and the meditations calm and sooth my soul, I’m anxious to see what the blood levels look like in the next few weeks.

Now that I’ve been out a bit amongst friends and loved ones, I hear testimony from so many folks who are having issues or are aware they have “fatty liver disease”. I’ve done some research on the subject and find that a lot of folks in colder regions do carry extra fat and have been diagnosed with a fatty liver. This does not always mean that they are overweight or have excess fat to the eye.

I’ve also read that most people in America have issues with their liver, but are unaware. All it takes is one infection to drop them to their knees and they face organ failure. Once the organs start to fail, so do the eyes which are also an organ. It doesn’t take very long for this to happen.

My reason for writing this note to you is that one should be extremely careful with all the toxins in air, water, food and things we ingest in our bodies leave ourselves vulnerable to the body not being able to hold up.

While, I still have not had a transplant, I am still in the same position, praying for miracles. I am not eligible for a transplant because I live a great distance from the hospital. It is difficult to imagine pulling roots in your community because you are on a “list” of thousands who await a transplant.

I would also like to thank those who have offered to be tested as a living donor, but that also includes putting their life at risk and one that I simply could not do to another being, as we all treasure the gift of life. While I was ready to meet my Creator (Iroquois belief is not to be afraid of the journey), my daughter and husband encouraged me to keep fighting and I was told I had much to offer in this life.

I have always been a person who has been willing to offer a hand or advise in the music business, while keeping food on the table for myself and my relatives for 27 years in the music industry. Music is my love and it is not an easy for me to ask assistance or a hand in something.

Its with great humility and gratitude that I extend my best wishes to you today and want to thank you for your continued prayers and financial support through this process. Kindly share this note with your friends – every little bit makes a big difference as I am required to go through extensive testing in FL every 6 months.

I am hoping that my music will continue to heal those in need and perhaps my experience will also inspire others to believe in living a life which inspires and lifting the soul.

With gratitude and love,
Joanne
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Vicky Schenandoah
25 months ago
6
6

I would like to take the opportunity to thank each and everyone of you for your kindness, prayers , love and support for my sister Joanne Shenandoah! Your donations are helping Joanne more than words could ever say. May Creator bless you all!

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Lana Hieftje
26 months ago
4
4

I am so shocked and deeply saddened to hear about Joanne. I live on a monthly check and can't afford to spend anymore this month, but will try hard to give next month. If we all do our part (whatever we can give) no matter how big or small, we can reach the goal! So, I hope everyone joins me and gives even a little, because in this situation every little bit helps! You are in my prayers Joanne, I have been following your career since you were very young! You have brought me so much joy through your music, that I will give as soon as we get our next check. Peace and love to you! Prayers...

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Judy Spaulding
26 months ago
3
3

Hatito, I am of the Rabbit clan of the Shawnee People..... I love your music my preferred music for driving long distance ....my granddaughters know all the words. I tell them they are speaking Oneida... please get well.....soon

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Claudia Haddad
26 months ago
2
2

You will get over this obstacle with flying colors. I believe in the power of the Universe and positive vibs, you will get well! Msi't Nokumaq Ta-hoe To all my relations so be it! ♥

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Donna M Setrella
20 months ago
1
1

I am happy to hear that spirit, love, support and healthy eating have pulled you through this far and your levels are down and you honored yet another Birth Celebration. Happy Belated Birth Day :*) The song you share and the song within, carries much healing from all over the world. May your spirit remain hopeful and your smile continues. Looking great one day at a time. ♥

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Lorna Jones
21 months ago
1
1

Hi Joanne, You are going to get your prayers answered the Creators presence is going to fill your room as we pray. You are a beautiful person in and out .stay happy that will help your body heal. Lorna Jones & Owen.

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Mitra Lujan
22 months ago

Helping and giving is what we do as humans. We have been blessed by his wonderful woman's voice for many years. Now is the time we can give back. We give what we can and put her in our thoughts and prayers. I hear your voice as I write, Joanne

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Sheryl Root
1 month ago

Such terrific news Joanne! Our prayers are being answered. May God fully restore your liver function and continue to baffle the experts! Much love and blessing always.

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Monique-Amie Perzylo
2 months ago

Dear Vicky: (for for my sister Joanne Shenandoah!) I first heard about your sister's recordings when I was in my 30s. I also became aware of Daganiwa and Haitawa'' journey. Your sister sang the whole history of their journey together. How to establish that Law of Peace, The Law of the One Infinite Creator. Tell Joanne I bought her CD via Amazon recently and I will be sharing this with others! - With un-condiontianal Love to you and your family , friends and the circle of love.

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Naomi Myers
3 months ago

I have been listening to your music for a long time now and have been sharing your music with those that I know would appreciate what you have done with the music as well as tell stories with your music. So I am glad that you are still trying to write and sing and make more but you also need to spend the time with your family and your friends as well. I will always listen to your music healing love and light being sent to you still

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Naomi Myers
7 months ago

I may not be able to send money to you at this time but I can send healing love and light. Your music touches my soul. It makes me feel like I am coming home after a long trip. It soothes me during the hard times. I have not been able to listen for a long time and just now was able to pull it up on Youtube. I am sorry that you have not been doing well over the last few years. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers from this point forward. You have taught me so much through your music

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Littlebird Withloudsong
8 months ago

Joanne, you are a wonderful lady and I pray that Great Spirit will have you healed and with us longer. Thanks for sharing your music with the documentary Generation Red Nation. Lots of Indian followers. If I made money, I would have sent more. You are a human treasure.

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Angela Marie Lightning Bolt
11 months ago

I am sadden to hear this. I will burn sage and pray for her.

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Dawn M Gibson
11 months ago

To Joannes family, deep prayers for all the healing. I got to met Joanne once in Belleayre (sp) NY I was so amazed she is wonderful in so many ways, I deeply admire her and LOVE her music. I wish i could do more.

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Crystal Hooper
11 months ago

your music fills my space with calm and upliftment. may Creator bless you with the same. i will keep sharing your music.

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Sheila Smart Sicilia
12 months ago

If you are on a "list", does that mean you're waiting for a donor liver? Can you use a "living donor"? I'm sure that I and many others would be honored to donate, if we are a match. Can you post here about whether that is an option? http://www.americantransplantfoundation.org/about-transplant/living-donation/about-living-donation/living-liver-donation

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Kamaka BigBlade Pahinui
13 months ago

Aloha Joanne. I am praying for you to get the transplant you need and wish I could help. Please research the supplement MSM. It does wonders for scar tissue and general congestive disorders that impede cell function. It is completely non toxic, derived from evergreens. Best wishes!

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Annette Harlow
13 months ago

Leah, I sent you an email with a lead to a place to stay in Jacksonville.

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Gail Degrasse
14 months ago

She looks like my sister... Does she need a Organ? Bet we would match....

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Mary Visarraga
15 months ago

Hello, I am so sorry to hear of your health problems. I pray that you will receive a new liver soon. I received a transplant in 2013 and was very ill in the hospital for a long time before and after. My sister downloaded some music onto an Ipod and I listened to it non stop. Included in the download were 4 of your songs from the Prayer for Peace album. Your beautiful songs were such a comfort to me and still are. I am healthy now and was able to go on 21 hikes this past year and also spent a week at Standing Rock. I am leaving a donation in gratitude for the peace you gave me while I was ill. Many prayers and blessings for your healing.

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$33
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15 days ago
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jay bessette
17 days ago

Was given matriarch CD years ago,Your music has strengthen my soul and life. I pray to the Creator to bless you and your family Lives !

$50
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26 days ago
LM
$20
Lesha Martin
1 month ago

Thank you for your beautiful gift of music to bring peace into the world and into our lives. Spirit bless you....

PK
$25
Patricia Keiffer
1 month ago

Hi Joanne, Bruce and I send you healing thoughts from the heart from Omaha.

Vicky Schenandoah
25 months ago
6
6

I would like to take the opportunity to thank each and everyone of you for your kindness, prayers , love and support for my sister Joanne Shenandoah! Your donations are helping Joanne more than words could ever say. May Creator bless you all!

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Lana Hieftje
26 months ago
4
4

I am so shocked and deeply saddened to hear about Joanne. I live on a monthly check and can't afford to spend anymore this month, but will try hard to give next month. If we all do our part (whatever we can give) no matter how big or small, we can reach the goal! So, I hope everyone joins me and gives even a little, because in this situation every little bit helps! You are in my prayers Joanne, I have been following your career since you were very young! You have brought me so much joy through your music, that I will give as soon as we get our next check. Peace and love to you! Prayers...

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Judy Spaulding
26 months ago
3
3

Hatito, I am of the Rabbit clan of the Shawnee People..... I love your music my preferred music for driving long distance ....my granddaughters know all the words. I tell them they are speaking Oneida... please get well.....soon

+ Read More
Claudia Haddad
26 months ago
2
2

You will get over this obstacle with flying colors. I believe in the power of the Universe and positive vibs, you will get well! Msi't Nokumaq Ta-hoe To all my relations so be it! ♥

+ Read More
Donna M Setrella
20 months ago
1
1

I am happy to hear that spirit, love, support and healthy eating have pulled you through this far and your levels are down and you honored yet another Birth Celebration. Happy Belated Birth Day :*) The song you share and the song within, carries much healing from all over the world. May your spirit remain hopeful and your smile continues. Looking great one day at a time. ♥

+ Read More
Lorna Jones
21 months ago
1
1

Hi Joanne, You are going to get your prayers answered the Creators presence is going to fill your room as we pray. You are a beautiful person in and out .stay happy that will help your body heal. Lorna Jones & Owen.

+ Read More
Mitra Lujan
22 months ago

Helping and giving is what we do as humans. We have been blessed by his wonderful woman's voice for many years. Now is the time we can give back. We give what we can and put her in our thoughts and prayers. I hear your voice as I write, Joanne

+ Read More
Sheryl Root
1 month ago

Such terrific news Joanne! Our prayers are being answered. May God fully restore your liver function and continue to baffle the experts! Much love and blessing always.

+ Read More
Monique-Amie Perzylo
2 months ago

Dear Vicky: (for for my sister Joanne Shenandoah!) I first heard about your sister's recordings when I was in my 30s. I also became aware of Daganiwa and Haitawa'' journey. Your sister sang the whole history of their journey together. How to establish that Law of Peace, The Law of the One Infinite Creator. Tell Joanne I bought her CD via Amazon recently and I will be sharing this with others! - With un-condiontianal Love to you and your family , friends and the circle of love.

+ Read More
Naomi Myers
3 months ago

I have been listening to your music for a long time now and have been sharing your music with those that I know would appreciate what you have done with the music as well as tell stories with your music. So I am glad that you are still trying to write and sing and make more but you also need to spend the time with your family and your friends as well. I will always listen to your music healing love and light being sent to you still

+ Read More
Naomi Myers
7 months ago

I may not be able to send money to you at this time but I can send healing love and light. Your music touches my soul. It makes me feel like I am coming home after a long trip. It soothes me during the hard times. I have not been able to listen for a long time and just now was able to pull it up on Youtube. I am sorry that you have not been doing well over the last few years. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers from this point forward. You have taught me so much through your music

+ Read More
Littlebird Withloudsong
8 months ago

Joanne, you are a wonderful lady and I pray that Great Spirit will have you healed and with us longer. Thanks for sharing your music with the documentary Generation Red Nation. Lots of Indian followers. If I made money, I would have sent more. You are a human treasure.

+ Read More
Angela Marie Lightning Bolt
11 months ago

I am sadden to hear this. I will burn sage and pray for her.

+ Read More
Dawn M Gibson
11 months ago

To Joannes family, deep prayers for all the healing. I got to met Joanne once in Belleayre (sp) NY I was so amazed she is wonderful in so many ways, I deeply admire her and LOVE her music. I wish i could do more.

+ Read More
Crystal Hooper
11 months ago

your music fills my space with calm and upliftment. may Creator bless you with the same. i will keep sharing your music.

+ Read More
Sheila Smart Sicilia
12 months ago

If you are on a "list", does that mean you're waiting for a donor liver? Can you use a "living donor"? I'm sure that I and many others would be honored to donate, if we are a match. Can you post here about whether that is an option? http://www.americantransplantfoundation.org/about-transplant/living-donation/about-living-donation/living-liver-donation

+ Read More
Kamaka BigBlade Pahinui
13 months ago

Aloha Joanne. I am praying for you to get the transplant you need and wish I could help. Please research the supplement MSM. It does wonders for scar tissue and general congestive disorders that impede cell function. It is completely non toxic, derived from evergreens. Best wishes!

+ Read More
Annette Harlow
13 months ago

Leah, I sent you an email with a lead to a place to stay in Jacksonville.

+ Read More
Gail Degrasse
14 months ago

She looks like my sister... Does she need a Organ? Bet we would match....

+ Read More
Mary Visarraga
15 months ago

Hello, I am so sorry to hear of your health problems. I pray that you will receive a new liver soon. I received a transplant in 2013 and was very ill in the hospital for a long time before and after. My sister downloaded some music onto an Ipod and I listened to it non stop. Included in the download were 4 of your songs from the Prayer for Peace album. Your beautiful songs were such a comfort to me and still are. I am healthy now and was able to go on 21 hikes this past year and also spent a week at Standing Rock. I am leaving a donation in gratitude for the peace you gave me while I was ill. Many prayers and blessings for your healing.

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