Kadlec goes for ‘Music as Medicine’ with New Pediatric Program

Kadlec Regional Medical Center took up a new “music as medicine” program Friday for its pediatric patients. Northwest Mutual in Kennewick donated $15,000 and Kadlec added another $5,000 to bring the program to the hospital. “We have had volunteers sharing their musical talents with our patients for years, but bringing the MyMusicRx program to our youngest patients helps ease their way during their stay in the hospital, ” said Reza Kaleel, Kadlec chief administrative officer.  The program comes from the Portland-based Children’s Cancer Center. Kadlec is the first regional-sized hospital to try it out.

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Children Patients at Local Hospital get new Entertainment on their Visits

Hospital visits are not fun, whether you’re a patient or going to see someone, especially if you’re a child. But the pediatric unit at Kadlec Regional Medical Center will be seeing their patients playing a tune. Today, they launched the MyMusicRx Program. Kadlec’s Child life specialist Jennifer Jones thinks this will easily decrease the negativity that children have on hospital visits.

“They don’t need the stress that’s associated with hospitals these days. Hospitals aren’t fun and we hate to see when kids are affected with health situations,” said Jones. “Being able to help them smile and laugh and just be kids is a great gift we can offer them.”

This will also be the first time MyMusicRX will be in a general hospital with a pediatric floor in a regional market.

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Montclair Girl Organizing ‘Mitzvahpalooza’ to Help Kids with Cancer

When female students are in Hebrew School, they complete a volunteer project prior to their bat-mitzvah. Ella Freund, is a local Glenfield School seventh-grader whose project will be a concert raising funds to support children battling cancer. This Oct. 7 at Studio Playhouse, 14 Alvin Place, Freund and her friends are hosting a concert whose proceeds will go to the Children’s Cancer Association’s program, MyMusicRx.

The idea for this project came about when mother and daughter saw an organization spotlighted on the Today Show that provides music to kids who are sick. “This project means so much to me because I love music, and I want other kids who are unfortunately ill to experience the magic of music and hopefully make them feel happier,” Freund said.

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My Morning Jacket singer, Jim James, delivers acoustic performance backstage at Newport Folk Fest for MyMusicRX program

Jim James delivers a sweet and simple acoustic rendition of Jimmie Rodgers’ “Prairie Lullaby” backstage at the Newport Folk Festival for MyMusicRX. The My Morning Jacket singer calls the track “one of his favorite lullabies.” Then he joked, “hopefully it’ll put you right to sleep.” The musician moves deftly and playfully into the rest of the song, a sweet and charming bedtime tune that finds James doing some classic Rodgers-esque yodeling as well.

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Vitalogy Foundation to benefit the MyMusicRx program

Two dollars from every ticket sold will go to the Vitalogy Foundation, a non-profit organization created by Pearl Jam to support “the efforts of non-profit organizations doing commendable work in the fields of community health, the environment, arts and education, and social change. This year, 94/7’s Vitalogy donations will benefit the MyMusicRx program at Children’s Cancer Association.

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Teen finds unique way to spread joy through CCA

The Children’s Cancer Association has a simple mission: to prescribe joy. But sometimes, the children themselves end up delivering more joy than anyone could possibly expect, especially when you consider the challenges they face.

Jacob Daskalakis, 18, has always been quick to smile, even when there wasn’t as much to smile about.

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