Studies have shown that music can help boost immunity by stimulating production of the antibody immunoglobulin A and reducing production of stress hormones. Using relaxation techniques that incorporate music, playing musical instruments, participating in group sing-alongs or simply listening passively to recorded or live music can help to alleviate symptoms of anxiety, pain and fatigue for patients with cancer, while also boosting their quality of life.
Just hearing a musician tickle the ebony and ivory of a piano can be a mesmerizing, relaxing experience. And that’s the goal behind a generous donation from the Jeffrey Frank Wacks Memorial Fund, which helped kick off our “Music in the Atrium at the Park” program, where music flows on Thursday mornings from the infusion waiting area at the Summit Heath Cancer Center at Florham Park. The beloved musician Bob Egan serenades guests with song, beckoning them to join in, while patients and caregivers enjoy complimentary light snacks, coffee and tea – all in an effort to lift spirits and provide comfort to cancer patients and caregivers as they prepare for their day in the medical center.
Your donation today keeps the music playing, creating a supportive, healing environment for patients and their families.
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