We are big believers in the power of music, especially given sound is said to hold deep healing properties to repair the mind and body.
Now, the gift of music is being offered to kids facing serious health conditions, with free virtual guitar lessons to help remind them who they are beyond their illness.
To mark Childhood Cancer Awareness month in September, kids are being given this incredible opportunity thanks to guitar giants Gibson joining forces with JoyRx Music, an organisation who empower patients to find joy through music.
The programme will see performances and guitar lessons released throughout the year that can be viewed online by the public and all free of charge.
An exciting line-up has been announced, with eight-time Grammy winner Ziggy Marley, Maná guitarist Sergio Vallín, and blues-rocker Emily Wolfe all taking part.
Guitar enthusiasts will also be buzzing to hear they can get their hands on a Gibson by entering to win one and a year-long subscription to the app for interactive lessons.
While there are only six top prizes up for grabs, all proceeds raised from the competition will go back into the mission to help young people in hospitals to relieve their stress, anxiety, and perception of pain through tailored experiences with music.
Speaking about the initiative, Danielle York, CEO of Children’s Cancer Association, said the goal is to reintroduce joy back into the lives of those who are sick.
Danielle explained: “Joy often lies dormant in children experiencing serious illness.
“If we can ensure kids are enveloped in joy through the most difficult moments of their lives, we can help positively impact their treatment experience.”
She added: “Our vision is to make JoyRx Music accessible to kids wherever they are, whether they are in hospital or not.
“We’re providing a life skill and also a distraction from the doctors, discomfort and pain. Music can be the best medicine.”
To find out more, click here: JoyRx.