Everyone has a different way of dealing with life’s difficulties. For Tom Willner, whose avocation is music and songwriting, it was a musical. As he was facing surgery for testicular cancer, he funneled his energies into developing the characters and song titles, and ultimately the words and music for “Turning Thirty, the Musical.” The production reflects his own cancer journey: facing surgery and its potential impact on fertility.
Tom Willner, is a testicular cancer survivor who has used his experience to raise awareness and funding for cancer charities. Now in remission, Tom is grateful for his care at Winship Cancer Institute. His work as a musician, published songwriter, playwright, speaker, and author is now helping teach healthcare professionals about the patient experience.
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