Rock musician Jonathan Auerbach proudly partners with The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund in a shared commitment in support of the men and women of the armed services. The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, a not-for-profit organization and national leader in supporting the men and women of the United States Armed Forces and their families, has provided over $120 million in support for the families of military personnel lost in service to our nation, and for severely wounded military personnel and veterans. The Fund most recently opened the National Intrepid Center of Excellence to support the research, diagnosis, and treatment of military personnel and veterans suffering from traumatic brain injury. www.fallenheroesfund.org
Since 1947, cancer patients from around the world have come to DFCI to battle their disease. The care offered is recognized as the finest of its kind, providing cancer patients with the best treatment available today while developing tomorrow's cures through cutting-edge research. Jonathan raises money through his music for this Boston-based facility, and also serves on the DFCI's Leadership Council.
The Leonard P. Zakim Center for Integrative Therapies at Dana Farber opened in 2000 with a mission to enhance the quality of life for cancer patients and their families by integrating complimentary therapies with traditional cancer care. The Center provides integrative therapies to help alleviate many of the symptoms associated with cancer and its treatment to patients and their families; offers education on these integrative therapies to patients, families and staff; and advances knowledge of the effectiveness and outcomes of these therapies through peer-reviewed, evidence-based clinical research. 2008 marks year five of the “Making Music” music therapy program offered through the Leonard P. Zakim Center for Integrated Therapies. The program takes place in DFCI’s Betty Ann Blum and Marjorie Blum Pediatric Resource Room of the Jimmy Fund Clinic. Led by board-certified music therapist Brian Jantz, sessions are a respite from the sometimes-stressful world of the clinic – a place to be kids rather than patients. Its aim(s) include increasing self-expression and self-confidence while decreasing anxiety and providing opportunities for normalcy and control. The program provides group and individual music therapy sessions to pediatric patients and their families. Sessions include singing, playing instruments, learning to play piano or guitar, composing original songs, recording CD’s, dancing, or just showing up to see what it’s all about. All ages and abilities are welcome. Music therapy is also offered to patients who are confined to beds receiving chemotherapy, blood transfusions or have compromised immune systems. With an increase in hours and additional access to patients, the program has truly flourished and is now reaching out to hundreds of additional patients and family members, who are now able to receive weekly clinical music lessons on guitar, piano, drums or voice. A program focusing on music recording technology has been implemented and well received. Through this program, participants can record CD’s, compose original musical scores, create movies, comic books, and slide shows and burn these to DVD’s. Many parents volunteered to comment on their satisfaction with the music therapy program. Patient and family satisfaction level is extremely high. Rock guitarist and singer/songwriter Jonathan Auerbach volunteers his time and talent, donates money and helps raise funds in support of the music therapy program. In March of 2008, Jonathan begins teaching a series of master class workshops at DFCI for patients in the music therapy program, titled "Rock-in'-Time: a Rock Music Performance Jam.” The workshop will be interactive and entertaining as well as instructional. “Music therapy is about safety in song,” says Jonathan. “I’ll be teaching kids who already have the ability to play an instrument to enhance their playing and performance skills. Performing music well while having fun doing it empowers and builds confidence. Each child has unique health challenges, but music is a universal gift: music moves, music frees, music heals.”
The Jimmy Fund is the fundraising arm of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Jonathan helps fund music therapy programs for children's cancer research and care at this organization - through the Leonard P. Zakim Center for Integrative Therapies.