MyMusicRx Delivers Music Medicine

by Children's Cancer Association

Keep an ear out for Matt. This talented musician is about to record his first album, “Where It All Started,” with his group Fearless in the Fight. It’s a fitting description for Matt’s approach to cystic fibrosis, something he’s lived with since he was just four months old.

Music is a big part of the Pozsgai family; his brother, Adam, plays drums in Matt’s band, and his sister, McKenna, is a talented vocalist. The three siblings love jamming with the MyMusicRx team during Matt’s frequent hospital admissions. Matt recently gave back to CCA by participating in our Bedstock Online Music Festival, where top artists perform from their beds in a show of support for sick kids across the nation.

When he’s not making music, this outgoing guy loves camping, playing basketball, and hanging out with his buddies. He’s also a talented public speaker, and frequently gives lectures to educate others about his disease. Although his treatments have been a full-time job lately, he’s looking forward getting into the recording studio so he can continue to share his remarkable voice with the world.

CCA continues to deliver MyMusicRx to thousands of seriously ill kids like Matt 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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McKenzie and Jess Singing Together
McKenzie and Jess Singing Together

McKenzie is a little girl with a lot of personality who recently finished a six month hospital stay at Randall Children’s Hospital for Enterovirus D68, a serious respiratory illness. Throughout her long stay, McKenzie expressed her love of music. One of CCA’s MyMusicRx Specialists, Jess, noticed her enthusiasm and worked with her for over two months using both digital and instrumental music to peak her interest. McKenzie always put on a bright smile when Jess entered the room which made creating music together on the MyMusicRx iPad apps very special for both of them. When McKenzie also showed interest in singing songs together, Jess would bring in the guitar to accompany her expressive vocals, which made her feel like the rock star she really is.

CCA continues to deliver MyMusicRx to thousands of seriously ill kids like Chris across the U.S. and Canada, serving 4,000 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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Chris is an awesome teen who was recently treated in the Children’s Emergency Department at Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel. Unfortunately, Chris was in need of a procedure that required an IV, and being no fan of needles, the IV was making him nervous and anxious. That’s when a nurse went looking for one of CCA’s MyMusicRx in-hospital musicians. After coming into the hospital room and introducing himself, the MyMusicRx Specialist started playing some songs. The music made Chris feel better, so much so that he asked the MyMusicRx Specialist to stay and continue to play during the procedure and help calm his nerves.

CCA continues to deliver MyMusicRx to thousands of seriously ill kids like Chris across the U.S. and Canada, serving 4,000 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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Savannah is a young lady who has frequent hospital visits to treat cystic fibrosis. One of the best things about Savannah is that she is always waiting for music. When CCA’s MyMusicRx Specialists come by her room, she often asks, “Where have you been?!” She requests the MyMusicRx Specialists, hoping for a playful distraction from her day, which is full of various treatments, tests, and therapies.

Savannah wasn’t always so open to music, though. It took the interactive elements of our MyMusicRx iPads in order to get her excited about our program. She thumbed through numerous apps, until she landed on a songwriting app that gives her the chance to create all kinds of silly songs that she always plays back with a huge smile on her face.

CCA continues to deliver MyMusicRx to thousands of seriously ill kids like Savannah 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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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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Children's Cancer Association

Location: Portland, Oregon - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.joyrx.org/​
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Children's Cancer Association
Portland, OR United States

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