As a country music artist, Hendersonville’s singer-songwriter Kelly Lang knows how story and song can touch lives.  As a breast cancer survivor, she knows the healing power of music and a listening ear.  When she learned that Ascension Saint Thomas wanted to shine a light on caregivers, she eagerly offered to lend her own story, her music and her experience as an Ascension Saint Thomas patient.

Inspired by true stories of patients and caregivers, the health system created a marketing campaign that celebrates caregivers and the emotional bond with those they serve.  One powerful message sums up the healthcare providers’ mission:  “Your care is our calling.”

Kelly saw that passion for caring when she was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer at the age of 36. She credits her care team at Ascension Saint Thomas with helping her navigate a time of fear and uncertainty.

“I knew I was in a fight for my life,” she said, “and the compassion and love of my entire care team showed me wasn’t in that fight alone.”  After her journey took her through a lumpectomy, radiation and chemotherapy, Kelly has been cancer-free for 15 years.

Kelly‘s songwriting talent provided the heartfelt song in the ad, “I’m Not Going Anywhere.” 

“I promised God if he let me live, I’d help others,” she said. “I appreciate the opportunity to fulfill that promise.”

“We’re blessed to have caregivers who view healing as their calling,” said Tim Adams, Ascension Senior Vice President and Ministry Market Executive for Ascension Tennessee.  “We are excited about how this new way of sharing the story of Ascension Saint Thomas will inspire and uplift our community.”

To learn more about the compassionate, personalized care at Ascension Saint Thomas, visit

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