The Jerome S. and Grace H. Murray Foundation has awarded a grant to Arts For Life for its Music Fellowship Program at Brenner Children’s Hospital. This funding will help sustain Arts for Life’s music programming to bring education, discovery, and joy to children and families facing serious illnesses.
Parents of a patient being treated for Stage III Rhabdomyosarcoma credit Arts For Life’s music program with transforming the mood of their young son. “During our most difficult days, when Vinny was going through both radiation and chemotherapy treatment, he was a very angry, depressed, and difficult four-year-old. Our social worker led us to the Arts For Life Music Fellow, Colin Allured, who came to visit with a wide array of drums, guitars, bongos and tambourines. Our little angry Vinny was magically changed into a little laughing boy who was dancing, clapping, singing, jumping on the bed and telling Colin what to sing all while tethered up to a chemo pump. We could not have made it through this cancer world without Colin and the Arts For Life music program.”
Music Fellow Colin Allured has been sharing music with Winston-Salem’s young patients for over five years. Colin says, “I cherish the opportunity to be a positive influence in a difficult time for these children and their parents. I believe music is healing, mainly for its transformative powers. It has been studied and measured scientifically, how music changes cells and molecules. What I notice with my work with AFL, is that music brings a smile to the face and a calmness to the heart.”
In 2010 Arts For Life provided visual art, creative writing and music lessons to over 4,500 young patients and families in need across North Carolina. Arts For Life (AFL) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting people facing serious illnesses and disabilities. By providing educational art programs, AFL enriches patients’ lives, nurtures their minds and spirits, and encourages positive healthcare experiences for children and their families.
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