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