Singing hospital worker eases patients’ anxieties

Lindon Beckford is a transporter at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. The 52-year-old has worked there for three decades. During his time there, he continued a habit he couldn’t manage to shake. He would often sing songs to himself to get through the day. As a young man, Beckford would sing at nightclubs as he had big dreams, but they came to a stop when he would be overcomed by stage fright. Unable to perform for an audience, Beckford would sing to himself and for himself, but then something happened.

While on the job, the patients would notice his beautiful crooning. For the last three decades, as Beckford moves patients from room to room, some who are terribly ill, he sings to them. The soft lullabies help them cope, calm them, and allow them to forget why they are there. He sees it as a small way to be of service.

“A doctor has his part to play, a nurse has her part … I’ve got my part to play,” Beckford told Stat News. You can hear him singing Elvis, Kenny Rogers, and gospel tunes to the grateful patients on there way to or from surgery.

“Thank you for my ride,” said Barbara Tipon, who suffered a brain tumor. “You make me feel healthy again… He’s not just a man that transports us. He makes us happy. He makes our day bright.”

Beckford reminds us that no matter how big or small our job is, we can help others, even if it’s just one tune at a time.

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