For the Sellon family, a grueling 24-week treatment for their son Andrew at Legacy Emanuel Children's Hospital ended on a high note...or rather a musical one!
Two-year-old Andrew was diagnosed with cancer in October. His intense treatment required lengthy hospital stays over an eight-month period. But it was during this stressful time that the Sellons discovered the healing power of music, thanks to the CCA's flagship Music Rx program. The award-winning program which started in Portland now operates in 25 medical units throughout the Northwest along with two hospitals in Los Angeles.
“The Music Rx program is closest thing to allowing you to take a break,” said Chris Sellon, Andrew’s father.
Even if Andrew felt sick, Dad said he would perk up whenever the music therapists would visit his room. Dad says he particularly enjoyed tapping the keyboard or rolling his arms to his favorite song, “Wheels on the Bus.”
“When they came in, he would want to reach out, touch and play,” said Chris Sellon. “You read articles, hear about how music can stimulate the mind. I truly believe that it can. It’s a great part of our life that we’ll continue to build on.”
The program inspired Chris to buy a guitar, which the CCA music therapists helped him tune. As the Sellon family begins to spend more time at home, as Andrew’s treatment plan changes, their love for live music will remain.
“It’s definitely spurred things in our life,” said Chris. “I would thank them for offering and bringing music to our table.”
Because of friends like you, CCA’s Music Rx program provided music & tailored services 11,591 times in the last fiscal year.
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