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 every Thursday morning from the infusion waiting area at Summit Medical Group Cancer Center at Florham Park. Guests are serenaded with song and asked to join in, and patients and caregivers alike enjoy complimentary light snacks, coffee and tea – lifting spirits and providing comfort to cancer patients and caregivers as they prepare for their day in the medical center.
Due to COVID-19 Music in the Atrium at the Park has gone virtual. Please join us on Facebook each Thursday from 11 am to noon, where the music keeps playing and requests are welcome!
Your donation today keeps the music playing, creating a supportive, healing environment for patients and their families.
To learn more, please contact our Director of Development at 908-219-6085 or [email protected].