The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio Foundation has been selected as a finalist to receive the Jeffrey Frank Wacks Music Therapy Program as part of the LIVESTRONG®Community Impact Project, which was created to bring proven cancer support programs to communities across the U.S. Grantees will now be determined through a public, online voting campaign that began March 24 on vote.LIVESTRONG.org.
After the voting period comes to a close, the 39 organizations with the top votes in seven geographical regions across the country will receive up to $15,600 to replicate and implement the program dedicated to supporting people living with cancer.
- The Jeffrey Frank Wacks Music Therapy Program has become an essential component of the Carol G. Simon Cancer Center’s integrative approach to caring for cancer patients. The program’s overarching goal is to facilitate relaxation, decrease anxiety and stress, enhance wellness, improve pain management, and provide comfort and support for cancer patients and their caregivers. Music therapy is proven to reduce stress and pain levels associated with illness and hospitalization. For many patients, the simple act of listening to music provides a therapeutic release, promoting healing and overall wellbeing. Clinical music therapy services are provided on both an inpatient and outpatient basis. Two part-time music therapists conduct sessions with patients either at the bedside or in common (environmental) areas of the cancer center. The program has served 2,175 patients/caregivers and conducted 5,842 sessions.
Voting ends at 5 p.m. CST on April 11. For more information about the LIVESTRONG Community Impact Project and to vote for The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio Foundation, visit http://vote.livestrong.org/applicant/13-children’s/.