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John Stennes / Forum News Service Carly Flaagan, a music therapy student at the University of North Dakota, sings a Christmas carol to Darrell Jensen of Langdon, N.D., while he receives his chemotherapy at the Altru Cancer Center in Grand Forks.

Using music as therapy: Award-winning student explores power of music to restore health

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By Pamela Knudson

Forum News Service

GRAND FORKS — With a fleece blanket across his lap, Darrell Jensen listened intently as the woman seated near him sang and played the John Denver hit “Take Me Home, Country Roads” on her guitar.

He smiled. Through the expansive window behind him, bright midday sunlight flooded the small room at the Altru Cancer Center in Grand Forks.

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