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How Patients Benefit from Music Donation



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St. Louis, MO, USA - October 7, 2009 – Music is helping in-patients heal at St. Louis Children's Hospital.  Recently the hospital received a charitable donation to its music therapy program.

"We hope to make a lasting difference in the lives of children in need," said Linda Cangro of the Jive Label Group.  A national recording label based in New York city, Cangro worked with DeBlaze & Associates locally.  Together they donated a generous amount of CDs from world-class musicians including Britney Spears, Nick Lachey, Pink, David Archuletta, Jordan Sparks and more.

For patients who find it hard to move their arms and legs, music therapy is a creative avenue for them to embrace therapy without feeling like it's work.  Rhythms help patients with walking and endurance. Dawn DeBlaze says, "since the St. Louis Charitable Foundation already works with the hospital’s art therapy program, it was a natural to donate to their music therapy program.”  DeBlaze is a member of the St. Louis Charitable Foundation board and owner of DeBlaze & Associates, an entertainment public relations firm.

Making therapy fun for patients is important.  Music therapist Christy Merrell goes so far as to help patients create their own concert and music video in the same vein as their American Idols.  "It's great to see a kid smile in an environment that is not so happy," Merrell said.

St. Louis Children's Hospital ranks among the top five pediatric hospitals in the nation according to a Parents magazine study -- the only hospital to make the list in Missouri, Illinois and the surrounding eight state region.

If you would like to donate to St. Louis Children's Hospital, contact Karen Rieker at 314.286.0995,, or CLICK HERE to learn about ways to give.
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