Upstate kid uses music to cope with illness - FOX Carolina 21

Upstate kid uses music to cope with illness

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Peter practices playing the piano. (May 31, 2012/FOX Carolina) Peter practices playing the piano. (May 31, 2012/FOX Carolina)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

If you drive by 12-year-old Peter Rosset's home in Spartanburg you'll definitely hear the soothing sound of music.

He admits playing the piano isn't easy. "It's hard," he said. 

Peter said he typically practices one hour every day. He has been playing the piano for two years but last summer he hit a major bump in the road.

"He had been sick a little bit before with bone pain, but doctors thought it was growth pain," said his mother Ivy Rosset. 

His mom said he already had Down syndrome and the new test showed Peter had leukemia.  Since July of last year, he has been undergoing aggressive chemotherapy.  

He's now 43 days out of that intense part of his treatment. His mother said he's in remission, but will have to undergo more chemo for a couple of years.

The family said it was music that gave them comfort during the tough times.

"He became very relaxed. His blood pressure went down. It seems like everything went down when he played the piano and he became very relaxed," Ivy Rosset said. 

His parents even started posting videos on YouTube for family members to view across the world. Right now, he has 2,273 views, but he has a goal of one million hits. 

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