Kids rocking cancer get big gift
For St. Louis children battling cancer and other blood diseases, the sound of music can make treatment a little easier. Patients participating in Kids Rock Cancer work with a certified music therapist from Maryville University to compose and record their own song, expressing some of the difficult emotions accompanying their illness along the way.
The St. Louis Men's Group Against Cancer awarded $20,000 to help fund the program last week, the third year in a row the group has supported Maryville-directed Kids Rock.
"They’re helping us make a profound difference in the quality of life for some of the bravest, most courageous kids in St. Louis," Maryville University’s Vice President for Institutional Advancement Tom Eschen said in a statement.
Maryville's music therapy department reaches out to children affiliated with St. Louis Children’s Hospital, SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center, and Cancer Support Community of Greater St. Louis, among other organizations, to participate in the program. Kids Rock recently recorded its 200th song.
For more information on Kids Rock Cancer, or to donate, visit the project's website.