|Patients perform at the Fifth Annual Rock2Beat Pediatric Cancer to benefit the Cancer Center for Kids at NYU Winthrop Hospital .
The fifth annual Rock2Beat Pediatric Cancer musical event rocked Molloy College's Madison Theatre in Rockville Centre on November 10, 2013, raising more than $33,000 for the Cancer Center for Kids (CCFK) at NYU WinthropUniversity Hospital. A crowd of more than 250 pediatric cancer patients, families, donors, sponsors and friends gathered for a night of music, dining and dancing to benefit the Music Therapy Program at the CCFK.
CCFK Music Therapist Glenn Schifano and "Jam Band," a group of young cancer patients at the CCFK, created a dazzling musical program, kicking off the event's festivities with a supporting cast made up of the patients' parents, called "Fam Band." Carefully staged choreography, accompanied by songs and lyrics written by the children that reflect their personal experiences as cancer patients, brought the audience to its feet.
"Music plays an integral role in our everyday lives, but for kids with cancer, it becomes a moveable feast that guides their journey from darkness back into the light," said Mr. Schifano.
An integral part of the CCFK's care, Music Therapy uses imagination and critical thinking to reduce anxiety and enhance social skills, personal expression and self-esteem.
CCFK Pediatric Development Manager Linda Sweeney and Development Specialist Ashley Carlo thanked those that made the "off-off Broadway rock opera" possible, and praised the children (and their parents) for their amazing courage and theatrical talent.
"What you see here tonight is the heart and soul of Music Therapy," said Ms. Sweeney. "It touches the entire family as it heals and celebrates the human spirit."