MyMusicRx Delivers Music Medicine

by Children's Cancer Association
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Jan 24, 2011

Harp Delivers More than Music

12-year-old cancer warrior Cyrus
12-year-old cancer warrior Cyrus

Cy is a quiet, intelligent and articulate twelve-year-old boy who enjoys spending time on the computer or reading a good book. He describes himself as a computer geek, who has a silly side and loves to play practical jokes on the medical staff, “especially when I make them jump!” His mom describes him as the wisest person she knows.

In May of 2010, Cy was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. Since then, he and his mother have spent most of their days in the hospital, while he has endured several rounds of chemotherapy as well as a bone marrow transplant. He really misses being at home, at school, and hanging out with his friends and his big brother, who he admiringly says is a computer nerd just like him…only “enlightened to a higher level of geekdom.”

One very special thing he and his mom have appreciated about being at the hospital is having the chance to experience the healing power of live harp music from CCA’s Music Rx team. Music Rx brings a window of peace into his life here at the hospital,” says Beth, Cy’s mom. She went on to say, “Before their visits, I had no idea the harp had such a powerful impact on mind and body. I now regard Cy’s music sessions as essential components of his recovery.”

Cy has his own opinions about Music Rx, “To put a long story short, harp music is awesome! It makes the most beautiful sound and makes me feel so peaceful. All in all, the good in the hospital does outweigh the bad!”

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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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