JoyRx Heals: Meet Oliver

When six-year-old Oliver first started having health problems, his parents, Tyson and Vanessa, believed it was asthma. When Oliver started snoring in his sleep or wheezing wearing a mask, his parents thought it was just sleep apnea or because of their son’s growing anxiety. But Oliver’s health continued to deteriorate. His pain and discomfort grew… Read more »

JoyRx Expands Digital-Live Music Concert to Kids Around the Nation

On Thursday, September 22, JoyRx expanded its digital-live concert offering for sick children as part of the JoyRx Music program, broadcasting music medicine to four partnered hospitals around the nation: Umass Memorial Children’s Medical Center in Worcester, Massachusetts Connecticut Children’s Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut Children’s Hospital of Savannah in Savannah, Georgia East Tennessee Children’s Hospital… Read more »

Finding Joy at Austin’s First Get Inspired Breakfast

On Wednesday, September 21, JoyRx hosted its first Get Inspired Breakfast in Austin, Texas, with guest speakers, musical performances, and – most importantly – Joy! The Portland, Oregon Get Inspired Breakfast is a long-celebrated event, but September marked the first time the Lone Star State hosted its own breakfast since they first started servicing kids… Read more »

Music as a Medium: Literature Review Confirms Positive Impact of Music on Hospitalized Patients Across Wellness Domains

A recent independent literature review by Karyl Askew Consulting proved what we’ve known all along at JoyRx: that music makes sick kids feel better. And not just emotionally—in addition to benefits for mood and mental well-being, music also decreases pain and anxiety. The impact is all-encompassing, benefiting the emotional, physical, psychosocial and developmental wellness of… Read more »

Julio’s Story: JoyRx Music Gave Him a Voice

Despite being a charming teenager who loves to crack jokes for his family, Julio, who lives with Trisomy 21, or Down Syndrome, struggled to connect socially with others, an issue that was exacerbated during the pandemic. He had been working on this with Child Life Specialist Allison Moore at Dell Children’s Hospital for two years… Read more »