When 18-year-old Molly Oldham rang a small brass bell on the wall at University Hospitals Nov. 14 celebrating her last of 33 radiation treatments for a rare form of brain cancer, the moment was so sweet, she sang “I Can Hear the Bells” from the musical “Hairspray.”
Molly Oldham certainly has the right to be angry. The Akron 18-year-old was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor on the day she was supposed to leave for college.
“You don’t realize how much stress you have until you’re getting it out,” she said.
Sporting a shaved head, Molly Oldham took the ice at Nationwide Arena with a smile on her face.
But it’s hard to find the 18-year-old from Bath, Ohio, without a smile, even during one of the toughest times of her life.
Molly Oldham just wanted to sing. When a brain tumor threatened to take it away, a nurse’s simple act of kindness brought much-needed joy to her life.
After fearing she may lose her memory after being diagnosed with a brain tumor, 18-year-old Molly Oldham proved just how strong she was when she broke into song shortly after surgery.
Molly Oldham was less than one week away from starting her freshman year when a tennis ball-sized tumor was found growing on her brain. The 19-year-old, who had dreams of singing on Broadway, found herself in an Ohio hospital emergency room in August last year after months of worsening migraines.
It was an early August day in the Midwest, and Molly Oldham was as excited as she could be to hit the road. She was packed and ready to relocate from Ohio to the UNCG campus, where she’d start her freshman year in the new Musical Theatre BFA program.
Recent high school graduate Molly Oldham was a typical 18-year-old 421 days ago. She was preparing to leave for college to pursue musical theatre, ready to take on her dreams of Broadway. What followed was anything but typical.
AKRON, Ohio – Molly Oldham, 18, has been performing since the age of five when she first appeared in a production of the musical ‘Oklahoma.’
She says she knew immediately it was her life’s calling.