The holidays are a beautiful time, but there are many this season who are fighting their greatest battles while the rest of us are celebrating with our loved ones.

Penn Pennington is one of those people; the Nashville-based guitar player is battling cancer. According to a Facebook post written by Penn’s daughter, he has played at all the old country bars downtown for over 30 years and played at the Grand Ole Opry with Jack Greene for 23 years. He is currently receiving chemotherapy at the Sarah Cannon Cancer Center.

When one nurse, Alex, heard her patient played the guitar, she brought in her instrument so they could perform together inside his hospital room.

What happened next is pure magic, proving that nurses truly are angels—and some can even sing like them: 

Alex, RN at Sarah Cannon hospital and Nashville Country Musician Penn Pennington

My dad’s nurse, Alex, heard that he was a guitar player so she brought her guitar for him to play during his chemotherapy treatments and sang O Holy Night with him. Who knew she could also sing!! Please share and let's get Alex some buzz for nurse of the year!! She's amazing! #alexatsarahcannonThere's more to the story, Penn Pennington is a Nashville original guitar player since 1980. He has played at all the old country bars downtown for over 30 years and played at the Grand Ole Opry with Jack Greene for 23 years. Right now he is receiving chemotherapy at Sarah Cannon Cancer Center. Sarah Cannon, best known as Minnie Pearl of the Grand Ole Opry was an American country comedian who appeared for more than 50 years and on the television show Hee Haw from 1969 to 1991.

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The video, captured by Penn’s daughter Brandi, has been shared thousands of times on Facebook and received national media attention

And it’s no wonder—Alex and Penn’s duet is a stirring rendition of O Holy Night that will make your arm hairs stand on end and bring tears to your eyes. What’s more, the moment is certain to remind you of what’s truly important this holiday season: meaningful moments spent with friends, family—and sometimes, oncology nurses.

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