CDs make $350,000 contribution to pediatric pain management research
Dr Cathy Crock has worked in the Haematology Department at the Royal Childrens’ Hospital, Melbourne, for six years. She conducts bone marrow and lumbar punctures for oncology patients, procedures that can cause children some pain and distress.
To calm and relax her young patients Cathy began organising music and play therapy to distract children while they waited for procedures. She also convinced friends from classical music circles to perform on two CDs -‘Cello Lullaby‘ and ‘The Hush Collection‘. Today the CDs are played in various areas around the hospital to relax and calm children.
As well as overseeing the production and promotion of the CDs, Cathy negotiated with children’s hospitals around Australia and ‘The Hush Collection’ is now marketed nationally and benefits other paediatric centers. The income from the sale of these CDs is used for research into pain management.
A recent, fourth addition to the series,’Duo Odyssey’ features:
Volunteers & collaboration – Musicians gladly compose and perform.
“Our inspiration comes from the inner strength and courage of these children and their families” says Caroline Almante.
Niall Brown agrees, “Nothing gives us greater pleasure than seeing our music alleviate suffering and calm children in pain.”
Volunteers pack the CD into boxes so they can be delivered to outlets, for sale @ $24.95 per CD, at:
Cathy’s initiative and dedication to oncology patients made her the very worthy recipient of The Royal Children’s Hospital’s Chairman’s Medal, 2004.