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Jim Olson fights cancer with scorpion venom, music and love

Jim Olson fights cancer with scorpion venom, music and love

Source: The Seattle Times

If you must know — and Dr. Jim Olson sort of wishes you didn’t — the whole idea came during a drunken, post- “Friendsgiving” dinner last year, somewhere around 4 a.m. Olson, a pediatric oncologist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, was drinking whiskey with his friend, musician Noah Gundersen, when they landed on the idea of making a CD of music by local indie artists and selling it to fund Olson’s cancer research. Unlike most ideas hatched this way, it still made sense the next day. So began “The Violet Sessions,” a CD that went on sale last week (projectviolet.org), and includes Gundersen, Hey Marseilles, OK Sweetheart performing in Olson’s home. The CD — and the project — was named after one of Olson’s early patients.

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