La Follette student Krystyn Jones uses music and words to help hospitalized kids

Erik Lorenzsonn:

Jones, a singer and one half of the local R&B duo Trend-N-Topic, has launched a national concert tour visiting children’s hospitals, in which she speaks to and sings to young patients. So far, she’s stopped at the American Family Children’s Hospital in Madison, and at St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. She has 10 other stops lined up.

She has also written an untitled children’s book on her life and hospital experiences, currently in production at the faith-based publishing house Faith Works.

Jones said her message with both endeavors is simple: “Hospitals aren’t as scary as they seem.”

She said she felt compelled to share her story with other children after a particularly prolonged hospital stay in 2017. Jones was hospitalized at American Family for a surgery to fix an untethering of her spinal cord. As with many of her operations, the procedure was high-risk: There was a 50-50 chance that the surgery would render her unable to walk again, she said.