Cancer battle of UK faculty member to air on KET

A documentary chronicling a former University of Kentucky faculty member’s battle with cancer will air six times in May on KET.

Nancy Clauder, an oboist whose research focused on arranging and performance, was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2008 when she went to the doctor with what she thought were symptoms of the flu. She was diagnosed with the disease, a rare, blood-related cancer with no cure. Clauder underwent a stem cell transplant, endured high-dose chemotherapy and lost her ability to play her instrument for six months, a UK press release says.

Eventually, she was able play again and recorded a CD with artists from UK and the Lexington Philharmonic. “This is the right time, and I’m so grateful that there was the opportunity to do it through UK, and a grant research program, because I would not be able to afford the musicians,” she said.

The documentary “The Ascending Journey” will air at 4 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. May 13; at 10:30 p.m. Thursday, May 17 on KET2; midnight Monday, May 21 on KET2; 5 a.m. Monday, May 28 on KETKY; and 9:30 p.m. May 30 on KETKY. (Read more)

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