Gord Bamford Helps Keep the Music Alive at Children’s Hospital
Canadian country music star gives $10,000 to the Music Therapy Program, supporting paediatric patients at Children’s Hospital, London Health Sciences Centre
In the middle of an exciting Canadian Country Music Week in London, Canadian country music star Gord Bamford took some time to slow things down and give back. On September 9, 2016, Gord visited Children’s Hospital, London Health Sciences Centre to present a $10,000 cheque to Children’s Health Foundation in support of the hospital’s Music Therapy Program.
As the expression goes, music speaks louder than words. To showcase the benefit of music therapy, Children’s Hospital oncology patient Breanna Barnim and Music Therapist Karina Charczuk performed a touching duet of Fight Song by Rachel Platten. Keeping the celebration going, Gord got out his guitar and did a special performance with his band members for patients and their family members.
“I am so happy to be back visiting the children, their families and staff at Children's Hospital. The Music Therapy Program is so integral for the children and we are passionate to continue to support it,” said Gord Bamford.
The Music Therapy Program supports the psychological, emotional and social needs of young people coping with life-changing diagnoses, uncomfortable treatments and chronic illnesses. Each one of these children is fighting a unique battle, and so are the family members who love and support them. Music therapy provides an evidence-based respite for children and youth who may struggle to articulate their thoughts and feelings about hospitalization.
Because of donors like Gord Bamford, who also donated $10,000 in 2015 to support the then newly established program, The Music Therapy Program is in its second year at Children’s Hospital. Last year, over 1,010 children benefitted from this program in various areas of the hospital, including the Emergency Department, Paediatric Medical Day Unit (PMDU), Inpatient Unit, Outpatient Oncology, and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
“The power of music can be seen in the impact the Music Therapy Program has on patients at Children’s Hospital. This program would not be possible if it were not for our donors, like Gord Bamford, who ensure our children have every resource they need to get better. Thank you for your commitment to enhancing the health care journeys of paediatric patients in our region.” said Sherri Bocchini, Chief Development Officer, Children’s Health Foundation.