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When the MyMusicRx digital team first met Perlita, she was confined to bed and unable to communicate except by blinking her eyes – once for yes, twice for no. Still, she could laugh, and did so whenever her simple, binary language was misinterpreted.

By working with Perlita, her family, and physical therapists, CCA’s MyMusicRx program manager connected her to a range of exclusive artist videos and custom Pandora stations that could easily be accessed and bring a smile to her face despite communication challenges. Working together with a MyMusicRx Specialist who played ukulele versions of songs by the Black Keys and Taylor Swift while others in the room danced spastically, her smile turned into tears of joy. Perlita’s mother commented that she hadn’t seen her daughter laugh so hard in a long while.

CCA continues to deliver MyMusicRx to thousands of seriously ill kids like Perlita across the U.S. and Canada, serving 4,400 children in the past year. Trained MyMusicRx Specialists engage kids in bedside sing-a-longs, offer instrument lending for self-expression, and provide access to CCA’s digital music medicine program, MyMusicRx.org. Scientifically proven to help pediatric patients manage pain, boost immunity, and decrease emotional stress, CCA uses music medicine to heal.

With your generous donation, we can grow this program and spread the healing joy of music to more children, teens, and families.

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Micah is a shining star of the MyMusicRx program. Between the ages of 15 and 18, Micah was in the hospital many nights battling chronic infections from an immune deficiency disorder and an incurable disease called Bronchiectasis. It was during that time CCA’s trained music specialists first taught him how to play the guitar.

Now, Micah’s world is filled with music. He’s continued to write songs and sing beyond the walls of the hospital, and even caught the attention of multi-instrumentalist and producer, Chris Funk, of The Decemberists and Black Prairie, and a CCA Board Member.

Micah believes in the positive benefits of music. He says, “I have a big thank you for MyMusicRx and CCA for always being there, being kind, and giving me the joy that simple music can bring. It [music] has more than just healing powers.”

CCA continues to deliver MyMusicRx to thousands of seriously ill kids like Micah across the U.S. and Canada, serving 4,400 children in the past year. Trained MyMusicRx Specialists engage kids in bedside sing-a-longs, offer instrument lending for self-expression, and provide access to CCA’s digital music medicine program, MyMusicRx.org. Scientifically proven to help pediatric patients manage pain, boost immunity, and decrease emotional stress, CCA uses music medicine to heal.

With your generous donation, we can grow this program and spread the healing joy of music to more children, teens, and families.

Kayla is an outgoing and talented teen who enjoys singing, acting, playing board games, and doing her nails and makeup. Since being diagnosed with Anaplastic Ependymoma in February 2014, CCA has delivered the healing power of music to her bedside with our flagship MyMusicRx program. Recently, Kayla and her sister Taylor got a visit from MyMusicRx Specialist, Chris. Together they sang a lively rendition of “Roar” by Katy Perry, with Kayla taking the lead on vocals.

CCA continues to deliver MyMusicRx to thousands of seriously ill kids like Kayla across the U.S. and Canada, serving 4,400 children in the past year. Trained MyMusicRx Specialists engage kids in bedside sing-a-longs, offer instrument lending for self-expression, and provide access to CCA’s digital music medicine program, MyMusicRx.org. Scientifically proven to help pediatric patients manage pain, boost immunity, and decrease emotional stress, CCA uses music medicine to heal.

With your generous donation, we can grow this program and spread the healing joy of music to more children, teens, and families.

Even before he was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome, Caden was sick of hospital rooms. His little brother Ryland had spent more than 130 nights in the hospital while he underwent chemotherapy—but now it was Caden’s turn to be the patient.

To help him feel better, CCA delivered the healing power of music right to Caden’s bedside with our flagship MyMusicRx program. When MyMusicRx Specialist Matt saw that Caden had a genuine interest in learning guitar, CCA hooked him up with his very own Fender Stratocaster and amp.

These days, Caden, a 2014 CCA Community Hero, is on the road to recovery and rocking a pretty mean version of “Smoke on the Water.”

CCA continues to deliver MyMusicRx to thousands of seriously ill kids like Caden across the U.S. and Canada, serving 2,382 children in 2013. Trained MyMusicRx Specialists engage kids in bedside sing-a-longs, offer instrument lending for self-expression, and provide access to CCA’s digital music medicine program, MyMusicRx.org. Scientifically proven to help pediatric patients manage pain, boost immunity, and decrease emotional stress, CCA uses music medicine to heal.

With your generous donation we can grow this program and spread the healing joy of music to more children, teens, and families.

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Jenny comes across as a quiet, shy little girl. And then she starts to sing. From Justin Bieber to One Direction to a rousing rendition of “Old MacDonald,” Jenny rocks them all on vocals, ukulele, and piano.

All this joyful noise was made possible by CCA’s MusicRx Specialists, who started working with Jenny two years ago when she was diagnosed with leukemia. According to her mother, Ana, these musical moments have made a huge difference in Jenny’s life. “Before MusicRx, she would just lie in the hospital bed feeling bored and unhappy. But now when the music specialist comes in, she brightens right up. It makes her feel calmer and gives her something to look forward to.”

Jenny is one of the 2,382 Oregon and Southwest Washington children who have requested bedside music medicine visits last year. Trained MusicRx Specialists bring state-of-the-art mobile carts loaded with instruments and interactive technology to lend, providing tailored music experiences in every unit of the children’s hospitals we serve. Last year, total in-hospital service interactions counted 11,320. In addition, volunteer musicians filled hospital hallways and lobbies with 152 hours of soothing, acoustic music.

With your generous donation, we can grow this program and spread the healing joy of music to more children, teens, and families.

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David Schaeffer

Vice President, Development
Portland, OR United States

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