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On the Mark is published three-times-a-year by the CHOC Foundation. It features patient highlights, physician spotlights, news about major gifts and upcoming events, construction updates, and fundraising stories and is mailed to donors who support CHOC with a gift of $50 and more.

Music Therapy Comes to CHOC

The halls of CHOC soon will be filled with the sound of music, thanks to a $1 million endowment from Music for a Cure, a non-profit organization co-founded by Sugar Ray bassist Murphy Karges, and a generous gift from Gwen Stefani.

The combined funds will be used to implement the program at CHOC and hire a part-time music therapist, who will provide music therapy services to referred patients and families in conjunction with the CHOC Child Life Department.

Music therapy is proven to have a profound and positive impact on patients, promoting wellness, managing stress and anxiety, and alleviating pain and discomfort. During and after music sessions, children are less agitated and anxious, more responsive to supportive psychosocial interventions, and more relaxed during medical procedures and treatments.

According to Emily Grankowski, interim manager in the Child Life Department at CHOC, “music has long been recognized for its therapeutic capabilities. With the advent of music therapy as an accredited healthcare profession, we can now offer this therapy to our patients as part of their care plan. We are excited to start this new program, and grateful to Music for a Cure, Murphy Karges and Sugar Ray, and Gwen Stefani for their generous support.”

Music for a Cure is a non-profit organization whose goal is to bring the curative properties of music to children who need it most. It was founded in memory of teen Ryan Michael Bates, who lost his battle against cancer in December of 2001.


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