When Ann Trachtenberg started chemotherapy a few months ago, she joked to her family and friends that she wanted a marching band to escort her from the hospital on her last day of treatment.

This Monday, Trachtenberg got her wish.

On her way out the door of the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center, Trachtenberg was met by UW's Marching Band. The ensemble, dressed in red shirts and black shorts, serenaded the surprised Trachtenberg with jaunty songs and lots of cheers.

“Thank you, this was great,” Trachtenberg said, hugging her daughter, Lindsey, and a member of the band who came up to greet and hug her.

The cancer center posted a video of the event on their Facebook page:

UW Marching Band Surprises Cancer PatientWhen Ann Trachtenberg joked she wanted to be escorted out of her last chemotherapy treatment by a marching band, little did she know her niece would contact the Badger Band: The University of Wisconsin Marching Band to do the honors. Join us in congratulating her by commenting below!
Posted by UW Carbone Cancer Center on Monday, July 20, 2015

Trachtenberg has her niece, Stephanie Reinke-Richter, to thank for contacting the band and getting the ball rolling for the celebration to honor her aunt. Lindsey Trachtenberg expressed her gratitude to her cousin and all who helped care for her mom over the last few months with this comment on the video:

“Thank you to the UW Carbone Center for taking great care of my mom, to the UW marching band for providing the perfect celebratory soundtrack, to my amazing cousin for all she has done over the past few months, to our family and friends who have provided support in many ways, and to all of you for your kind and supportive comments here!” she wrote.

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