Benjamin’s Gift of Music

by Barbara Cross

Donate Now

Benjamin's gift will help create a music therapy program for the Jim Pattison Children's Hospital.

Ongoing

 

Online

Benjamin’s Gift of Music will help bring a music therapy program to Saskatchewan’s new children’s hospital.

Music helps manage symptoms and improve quality of life for little patients. It is a natural intervention for pain, and it bridges language, age and culture. It can promote creativity, self-esteem, communication and independence – and just give little patients a break from doctors, tests and treatment to have some time doing something normal and fun.

Benjamin’s gift will help purchase instruments and equipment, storage and display cases, and help to provide training to staff at the children’s hospital.

Benjamin and his family found out first hand how important music can be when a child is in hospital. Benjamin was a bright, active boy from Kipling, Saskatchewan who could fill a whole room just by walking into it, and he loved a lot of things. Music was one. When Benjamin was 11, he got really sick. He had a brain tumour that had ruptured. He was rushed to Regina and then to Edmonton for emergency surgery. In the days after, he relearned to talk, walk and do a lot of other things. One special day about 2 weeks after surgery, the medical staff said he was well enough to leave his room to play the piano. After working hard on his recovery, getting out of his room and back in front of a keyboard was a pretty big deal. After that day, staff brought a portable keyboard to his room, and Benjamin spent a lot of time sitting on the edge of his hospital bed playing for anyone who wanted to listen – or just for himself.

Benjamin’s cancer was aggressive and he died December 25, 2013, exactly 6 months after his tumour was found. His family and friends want to help children at Saskatchewan’s new children’s hospital to have days like Benjamin’s in Edmonton. We’d be so happy if you help us to make it happen!

For more information, click here.


Fundraiser Progress
Fundraiser Progress
$80,120 raised of $80,000

Top 10 Donors

1. Penny McCune 2. Barbara Cross 3. Lane (Grandpa) Cross 4. Kayla Hogan 5. Cheryl McClellan-Moody 6. Jeanette (Grandma) Cross 7. Jordan Chilliak & Kayla Hogan 8. Pat and Nancy Hollman 9. Norm & Kathie Miller 10. Andrew Voroney

Share this fundraiser

Get Involved

Want to get involved in raising funds for this event? Create your own personal fundraising page to share with your friends.

Get Started

Every Dollar Helps

Thank you for supporting Saskatchewan kids, moms, and families with your gift.

Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy 343
samuel da costa ferbabdes
Blair Pateman
Josephine Berscheid
G&I Construction
Bonnie Braaten
Craig Finn
Canadian Family Futures Inc.
Janet Y. McIntosh
Devon Mercure
CON ALEXANDER TRUCKING LTD
Lisa Ogle
Georgeanne Bourget
SaskMusic
Kevin Farrell
Dwayne Mitchell
Ernst & Young LLP
Tessa Ritter
Vickie Newmeyer
Tanja Hunter
LaRoche McDonald Agencies Limited
Jeremy Rieger
Alfredo Zumpano
Bryan Dilling
1974
Bob & Yvonne Warnes
Jason Hammond
Bo Sun
Jean Korinetz
Eugene Gibney