Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation funds the nation’s best science in the fields of leukemia, lymphoma, and related cancers of the blood. In recent years, we have expanded our reach to include the funding of select pediatric oncology initiatives, music therapy programs, and international projects.
Through a $25,000 gift from Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and their Child Life Program purchased five new Kidzpace gaming machines for pediatric cancer patients and their families. The machines were placed in various areas of St. Jude, primarily in their waiting rooms. Jennifer Smith, a Child Life Specialist, saw first-hand the difference this gift made not only to the patients, but to their visiting brothers, sisters and friends. “The Kidzpace Centers offer unique games and activities [that] help them focus on something other than time or anxious thoughts and provide therapeutic diversion to help them make it through the day. Thank you for making this possible!”
Co-Founder Denise Rich is not only an incredible philanthropist, but also a Grammy-nominated songwriter. Music played an important part during Gabrielle’s treatments and hospital stays. Because of this special connection, the Foundation has provided support to several music therapy programs, including those at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York and DC Children’s Hospital in Washington, DC. 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. Click here to see first-hand the powerful healing work of music therapy.
Thanks to a recent major gift, Gabrielle's Angel Foundation has announced the creation of a Collaborative Research Project involving senior investigators previously funded by the Foundation. This award presents these proven and accomplished physician-scientists with the opportunity to explore new ideas together in a collaborative setting.