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Foundation Gives Children Battling Cancer the Gift of Music

May 03, 2017 07:55 PM

(ABC 6 News) – A generous donation from an organization is giving kids staying at Mayo Clinic’s Children’s Center the gift of music.

The Davidson Leukemia foundation gave more than 60 guitars to patients at the children’s center, and the kids were then able to paint the guitars themselves.

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Mayo Clinic’s children center has a music therapy program that helps children recover by taking their minds off the pain.

Christina Wood is a music therapist at Mayo Clinic Children’s Center. She said programs like this can lift the spirits of children fighting cancer, helping in their recovery.

“We might be using live music our guitars, our voices to help with pain management or in a procedure,” Wood said. “Maybe we are helping them in the rehab process using live music to help them find motor skills and grow motor skills, learning how to speak or walk again."

Dana Ford has two boys, ages 8 and 11, in the center battling leukemia. It runs in their family, and said she's all for music therapy if it means her children would be happy.

Once the painting session was over, the children had the opportunity to either keep their guitars or donate them to other children at the hospital.

The center hopes more people step forward so they can continue to do this annually.


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