At age 7, Lori Grassette learned to play guitar, read music and play spoons. Decades later, a two-time survivor of breast cancer, Lori has turned these childhood pleasures into instruments of healing for herself and other cancer survivors.
Lori was living in Kentucky during her first bout with cancer. After completing treatment, she moved to California and reinvented herself as an artist, musician and healer.
A virtuoso spoon player, Lori has had many memorable gigs, including an opportunity to perform with Grammy Award winning zydeco musician Terence Simien. But the audiences she seeks out as a volunteer are cancer patients. She travels to nursing homes and hospitals, raising spirits with her spoons as well as her guitar, mandolin and banjo.
Lori also enjoys introducing cancer patients to the joys of art making. A mixed media artist and jewelry designer with a knack for recycling found objects into dolls and wearable art, Lori shares her enthusiasm and techniques with patients of all ages.
Lori’s childhood friend Shelli Leger writes, “Lori told me, ‘I sing, give spoon demos, teach doll making — whatever it takes. Everyone has been wounded, you know.’ Lori has transformed her wounds into art. She uses her immense creativity and talent for good.”
Help us honor the 2014 one hundredNominate Your Cancer Hero
- Jay S. Loeffler, MD, FACR, FASTRO
- Betty J. Borry Breast Cancer Retreats
- Ellen Sigal, PhD
- Douglas J. Mathisen, MD
- Dorothy Binford
- Chad Juros
- Lori Wirth
- Don Francis, RN, BSN
- Rose M. Watson
- John Murphy
- Nancy and Richard Kelleher
- Nancy Lee Harris, MD
- Arul M. Chinnaiyan, MD, PhD
- Joshua Sommer
- Dell, Inc.
- Jennifer E. D’Alotto, MSW, LCSW
- Tina Capodilupo Journeay
- Ashley Bonner
- Richard L. Deming, MD
- Brian N. Napolitano
- Kathleen A. Stakes, RN, MS, CPON
- Pamela Manikas Washek
- Steve Beauville
- Robert Howe
- Bruce A. Chabner, MD
- Julia Hincman-Francavilla, MS, RD, LDN, CSO
- The Center for Cancer Risk Assessment Genetic Counselors at Mass General
- Anne Fallon
- Karen J. Krag, MD
- Ann H. Partridge, MD, MPH
Mass General honors 100 individuals and groups for their diverse contributions to the fight against cancer.
There is strength in numbers and Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center proves this each year. the one hundred is the Cancer Center’s annual fundraiser, honoring 100 individuals and groups whose diligence and discoveries, philanthropy and passion have helped advance the fight against cancer. Funds raised at the gala support research, patient care, education and community outreach programs. Meet the Honorees.