Children’s Music Fund (CMF) provides healing and comfort to sick children through music therapy.
One of the most challenging aspects of the coronavirus crisis is that loved ones can’t be with patients in hospitals, even for non-COVID-19 illnesses. Sick children feel isolated on a daily basis even in the best of times— anxious, fearful, and often in pain. These are especially difficult and isolating times for hospitalized children and their families.
While CMF typically funds music therapist visits to children in hospitals, during the coronavirus crisis, we have had to shift our therapy to in-home video sessions. Emma (pictured above) was the first child to benefit from our telehealth music therapy. Emma is afraid of the butterfly needle used to deliver IV chemotherapy, so Emma’s music therapist Eiress created a song about butterflies to help Emma feel brave when she receives her treatment.
Our fundraising plans have been disrupted by the coronavirus crisis. We hope through this campaign, to expand in-home services and bring music back to children in hospitals. Funds raised will enable us to pay music therapist salaries, purchase equipment (e.g., iPads for telehealth and instruments), and set up music therapy sessions once again in pediatric wards where they are needed.
Imagine what it feels like to be a parent of a sick child during the COVID-19 crisis. The stress is unimaginable. All of us would look for any way to bring comfort and joy to our children. Studies show that even an hour a week of music therapy makes a real difference for a sick child.
Please note that we're wrapping up this GoFundMe campaign and looking toward the future. Please click here to find out how you can continue to make a difference in the lives of sick children by joining the CMF One Heart Fan Club and helping us Spread the Love.
Thank you again to all of you who made it possible for sick children to benefit from telehealth music therapy during the height of COVID-19 through this campaign.
Children’s Music Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to bringing music therapy into the lives of sick children to help overcome pain, fear, and anxiety. Dr. Raffi Tachdjian (allergist & pediatric pain specialist) founded the organization in 2002, after he was inspired by a patient during his pediatric residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. Learn more about our story.