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Music played an important part during Gabrielle’s treatments and hospital stays. Because of this special connection, the Foundation has provided support to music therapy programs at the following institutions: New York's Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., Cleveland's Seidman Cancer Center, the University of Maryland’s Greenebaum Cancer Center and Boston Children's Hospital. In 2017, we proudly added the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia to this list.
Music therapy programs provide one-on-one patient and family care with bedside visits as well as in the pre-surgical and post-operative suites. A solace to both patients and their families, trained therapists work closely as part of the interdisciplinary hospital teams that include physicians, nurses, social workers and chaplains. Often music therapy patients are referred for relief of symptoms such as pain, anxiety, social isolation and end-stage disease.
Angel Ambassador Alan Cumming visited Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and WebMD published this piece about his experience. If you are interested in knowing more about music therapy, watch MSK's Karen Popkin in this ABC News Health feature or click here to see first-hand the powerful healing work of music therapy featuring Children's National music therapist Clarissa Karlsson (pictured here.)