Music Rx recently paid a visit to Giovanni at The Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel to deliver a little music medicine (chair-side) while he was in treatment. He was busy making beats on the kaossilator, accompanied by Music Rx on the guitar. Giovanni played for a couple hours which helped to pass the time during his transfusion.
According to a recent study, nearly one in five homes have at least one child requiring special health services. Hospitalized and seriously ill children and teens endure significant pain, anxiety, fear, isolation and boredom as they undergo treatment regimens and hospital stays. They often lose contact with their school friends, see less of their siblings and their interactions with adults tend to focus on their disease and treatment program. For 17 years, Music Rx has been there for seriously ill children and their families, providing music therapy, interventions and entrainment through an evidence-based, research-proven music therapy methodology. Medical research shows music can play a critical role in the daily experience and quality of life of seriously ill children/teens and their families. Benefits are emotional, physiological and social and can include reduced heart rate and blood pressure, relief from stress, apprehension, depression, anxiety and sleeplessness, better pain management, improved mood and relaxation, and opportunities for family bonding and building social support.
Because of you, we can continue to create moments like these for seriously ill children. Thank you!
Eleven-year-old Isabella marches to the beat of her own drum—that is until Music Rx steps into the room. For the past 6 weeks, the Music Rx team has been offering Isabella private guitar lessons—a dream come true! Her natural sense of rhythm has accentuated her ability to succeed on the strings. Most recently, Isabella and music therapist Keeley rocked out to Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez. Isabella says she’d be happy to be re-admitted into the hospital so the two could “sing together again.” A true testament to the power of Music Rx and the impact your donations have on children like Isabella!
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.
Please consider continuing to bring the healing power of music medicine to kids like Andrew through CCA’s Music Rx program by making a gift on Wednesday, October 19th when GlobalGiving is matching all donations at 30% up to $1,000 per donor per project.
We’re thrilled to share that thanks to generous supporters like you, CCA was able to purchase new and improved music carts for our in-hospital Music Rx program. The updated carts feature smaller, satellite carts which can be wheeled into a child or teen’s hospital room up to the bedside. This exciting innovation allows CCA music therapists to deepen the level of music medicine they deliver to hospitalized kids.
8-year-old Bryten was diagnosed with osteogenesis imperfect, which causes painful bone fractures almost weekly and has kept her from being able to walk. It has also meant long hospital stays, which are often isolating and lonely. During a recent hospital stay, CCA’s Music Rx program was about to bring a little joy to Bryten’s bedside. She had a great time playing the drums and singing her favorite song “On Top of Spaghetti.”
Chloe is eleven years old, and for the past three years she has been fighting a brain tumor that she calls Fred. Throughout that time, Chloe and her family have gotten great peace from CCA’s Music Rx Program. “Music has a way of creating a soundtrack for our lives that bring moments of joy in our happiest times, and comfort during tough ones,” says Chloe. She went on to say, “For me, music gave me inspiration and hope for better days ahead. Music was there when they found my tumor, when I had the surgery to remove it, when the tumor returned and even after my second surgery, which left me unable to eat, speak or walk. I have been through a lot, but Music Rx has been with me every step of the way.”
Chloe first learned about the Music Rx program when the music therapists would come into her hospital room and play songs for her. Though, she was very weak and could only listen, she loved hearing the musicians who would play guitar in the hallways because they would lift her spirits when she was feeling sad or was in a lot of pain. Music Rx was also important for her family. The harp players helped her sister relax when she was feeling scared, and Music Rx brought an important calm and sanity that her mom really needed. Chloe’s mom says, “Music has a way of soothing the savage beast, making way for hope.”
Now that Chloe can do most everything on my own again, she thinks about all the moments she spent in the hospital and what got her through them. “The sounds can get depressing after a while…all the machines and beeping…sometimes sounds of pain, but the beautiful sounds of music created by Music Rx brought peace and helped lift our spirits.”
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