Estrella’s spirits lifted as she listened to the captivating piano music that enveloped Family House. A talented young pianist, Evrim Duransoy, 15, was playing the grand piano on a mellow Saturday afternoon in late spring, visiting as part of the music program.
With every stroke of the piano keys, 11-year-old Estrella was more and more captivated. “I want to learn to play,” she said to her mom.
Estrella and her family came from Rohnert Park, more than an hour outside of San Francisco, when Estrella was admitted to UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. She received a bone marrow transplant to treat Chronic Granulomatous Disease (CGD), a genetic disorder in which white blood cells are unable to kill certain bacteria, making her highly susceptible to life-threatening infections.