Kids Rock Cancer Benefit Concert:
All You Need Is Love
This organization is near and dear to my heart. It combines three of my passions: songwriting, recording, and (most of all) helping kids in need. Kids Rock Cancer employs two top-notch Board Certified Music Therapists, Tracie Sandheinrich and Ashley Warmbrodt. At multiple hospitals in the St. Louis area, these music therapists meet with children and assist them in writing and recording their own original songs. The sessions allow kids with a cancer diagnosis to express their thoughts and feelings through the medium of music.
To listen to some of these original recordings click HERE!
All services are provided free of charge. Kids Rock Cancer is fully funded through donations and special events… such as the Kids Rock Cancer Benefit Concert that took place on Thursday, May 21st at The Sheldon Concert Hall. The theme was All You Need Is Love and the main attraction was Flaming Pie, a Beatles tribute band.
On various songs throughout the night, the band was accompanied by members of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.
For me, the highlight of the show was several of the Kids who Rock Cancer performing their original compositions.
This is Ari and her brothers, along with Music Therapist Tracie Sandheinrich.
This is Erin, along with Maryville Music Therapy Students Colin Marino, Shelly Koesterer, and Chris Helmick.
It was heartwarming to see the Sheldon packed (both the stage and the seats) with so many people there to support such a worthy cause.
You can find more information on their website http://kidsrockcancer.org/
If you are able to donate click HERE!
Donations are tax-deductible, so if you are wealthy notify your accountant… and if you are not so wealthy type the information into Turbo Tax.
If you have no money, but would still like to get involved, there is a Kids Rock Cancer Young Professionals Happy Hour on Tuesday, June 30th, 5:30 at Schlafly Bottleworks in Maplewood. It’s free to attend and you’ll even get some complimentary food and drinks. For more information click HERE!
Finally… HERE is an excellent documentary about Kids Rock Cancer narrated by Bob Costas that includes footage from a previous benefit concert.