SXSW puts on music show for kids at Dell Children’s Hospital

Music from SXSW made a stop at Dell Children’s Hospital on Thursday! It’s the sixth year for MyMusicRX to partner with Dell Children’s for the music event where musicians play in the courtyard at the hospital for any patient who wants to listen.

“MyMusicRX brings joy to children that are in the hospital and not able to experience the things that other kids are able to enjoy,” said Sarah Marshall with the MyMusicRX Austin Champions Board, “It’s just a break from the medications, a break from the treatments, just a time to laugh and have fun.”

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CCA + Legacy: Collaborative study looks to decrease pain and anxiety in children with live music post-surgery

“Most of the published work on the effects of music in patients involves adults,” said R. Serene Perkins, MD, Director of Surgical and Clinical Research, Legacy Research Institute. “Assessing and managing pain and anxiety in children is more difficult, which is what led us to explore the impact of music medicine in a pilot group of hospitalized children. We believe there is a critical gap in pediatric oncology research: understanding the role of integrative therapies to combat the adverse effects of stress on pediatric patients.”

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Children’s Cancer Association Clinical Trial Explores Efficacy of Music Medicine on Kids in Hospital

In a first of its kind collaboration, the Portland, OR-based Children’s Cancer Association (CCA)Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel (RCH)and Legacy Research Institute (LRI) co-led a study to assess the impact of using live music medicine on post-surgery pediatric patients to reduce pain and anxiety. The study was led by R. Serene Perkins, M.D. and Shaban Demirel, PhD in partnership with CCA professional staff and focused on CCA’s flagship program, MyMusicRx. As part of the study, thirty-two pediatric patients aged between 5 and 18 years were considered to receive one live, customized music session by a MyMusicRx music specialist within 12 hours after surgery.

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GlobalGiving’s Impact Data: Highlighting Nonprofit Learning and Effectiveness

On #GivingTuesday, November 28, Charity Navigator released the first wave of impact statements for thousands of rated nonprofits. GlobalGiving contributed our impact information to charity profiles, offering additional insights into our nonprofit partners’ cultures and philosophy around learning and effectiveness. We hope to help donors make more informed and impactful giving choices. Each of our partner organizations earns Effectiveness Points for Listening, Acting, Learning and Repeating, and points translate into a GG Rewards ranking: Partner, Leader, or Superstar. The Children’s Cancer Association ranked in the top ten for Superstar organizations.

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Watch Portugal. The Man Sing in Bed

That’s right, it’s the return of Bedstock, the annual festival for kids and teens with cancer organized by MyMusicRX, where artists perform from bed to show solidarity for children who have to spend the festive season in theirs.  Since its inception in 2014, Bedstock has featured more than 240 bands and artists, 54 kids, 45 authors (they read stories from bed), and raised more than $170,000 for the Children’s Cancer Association. The #BedstockChallenge, which encourages fans and social media users to post their own Bedstock videos, has seen entries from all over the globe, including from India, Argentina, Germany, and Japan. Check out Portugal. The Man’s under-the-covers cover of “Don’t Look Back in Anger” in the video.

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Here are Oregon’s 2017 Most Admired Companies

The rankings of the 2017 class of Oregon’s Most Admired Companies are here, and they include, along with several holdovers, a few new names. Amid such giants as the Nikes, the Intels and the OHSUs sit such up-and-coming companies as Smarsh, Dutch Bros. and, on the nonprofit side, Children’s Cancer Association. The roster includes some of the most-noted and long-respected names in Oregon’s storied business history. The winners were selected by the more than 400 CEOs who responded to a Portland Business Journal survey seeking the most admired companies in eight industry categories. We also selected winners across all industries based on the total votes received by companies.

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Watch Ed Sheeran Play ‘Shape of You’ Acoustic for Bedstock

Since 2014, Bedstock has featured performances from more than 100 artists, 40 kids served by MyMusicRx programs, and 40 writers reading their favorite children’s books from bed. New for 2017 is a festival-plus approach that encourages the global online community to participate in Bedstock through #BedstockChallenge. Artists will play from their beds on Giving Tuesday and invite their fans, other musicians, comedians, chefs, athletes, and influencers to film their own Bedstock videos, post to their own social networks, and challenge their friends to participate. If you so desire, here’s how it works:

Step One: Get in bed and film your own performance
Step Two: Upload to social media and tag it #BedstockChallenge
Step Three: Tag your friends and challenge them to create their own videos

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See Nick Jonas, Ed Sheeran, others perform in bed to benefit sick kids

The pair have joined a growing list of pop stars from around the globe who film themselves performing their hits while tucked in bed as part of Bedstock, an online music festival created in solidarity with seriously ill children who are forced to spend their holidays in hospital beds.

“I’m excited to be performing from bed for Bedstock this year and hope that my fans and social followers will join me in supporting such an amazing cause,” Nick Jonas said in a statement. “To play in bed for hospitalized kids who can’t get out of theirs, is an incredible honor that I am proud to be a part of.”

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