Video: BYU Vocal Point sings to child in hospital
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Ashtyn Poulsen, 12, was diagnosed with leukemia on Jan. 30. The doctor's prescribed 10 days of chemotherapy and 20 days of recovery, a daunting prospect for a sixth grader who had planned to spend her time going to school, listening to her favorite music and going on family vacations.
On Feb. 10, Vocal Point, a nine-man a capella singing group from Brigham Young University, sang at a church service held at Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City, where Ashtyn was staying for treatment. When Ashtyn's mother, Suzanne Poulsen, heard Vocal Point sing "I Need Thee Every Hour" she thought, "Ashtyn has got to hear this."
Although the nurses at the hospital are strict about letting more than a few people at a time at Ashtyn's bedside, the singers were allowed to visit Ashtyn after the church service and sang to her.
"Those men had sung those songs over and over again, yet they were on the verge of crying," Sister Poulsen told Megan Marsden, an intern at Deseret News. "There is always an incredible spirit in Ashtyn's room. It's like the temple. If you leave your outside cares outside and come in, there's a calm feeling in there."