In 2019 Hermine was locked in a pressure cooker of stress. Despite the inner turmoil that bubbled up within her, she pushed herself into her work, trying to make financial ends meet, trying to keep her kids and her house, trying to keep up the pace of her bills. Yet, sheer willpower was not enough. 
When you watch UGM volunteer Ruthie LaFreniere play the piano, you’ll think twice the next time you want to say, “I can’t” when faced with a challenge. Her extensive career as a professional pianist affords her the ability to produce beautiful music from her instrument, a feat in and of
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