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News Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Raising the Blues Brings Music to Shriners Hospitals for Children

Patients at Shriners Hospital in Boston with musical instruments donated by Raisng the Blues     ( l-r) Wilson Estebes Leon, Music Therapist Annette Whitehead-Pleaux, Geraldine Calderon and Hillary Santos with musical instruments donated by Raising the Blues.

(BOSTON) In August, Rob Cobert, from Raising the Blues, visited the Shriners Hospitals for Children — Boston to deliver instruments specially selected for three patients with burn injuries.

The hospital’s music therapy program, now in its 11th year, is an integral part of treatment and recovery for patients. Therapists use music to aid in pain management and to reduce anxiety. They also encourage patients to learn to play instruments or further develop their musical abilities, despite their injuries. The positive physical and emotional effects on recovery can be tremendous. Patients are able to increase finger and hand function and general motor coordination, and learning a new skill builds self-esteem and develops positive coping strategies.

Raising the Blues donates musical instruments to patients at Shriners Hospital in BostonRaising the Blues is a charitable organization dedicated to bringing blues music to hospitals and seeks to donate instruments to patients with a love of music and desire to learn.

“Over the years, I have seen many patients benefit from the instruments donated by our community partner, Raising the Blues,” said Annette Whitehead-Pleaux, music therapist. “Each has continued to play their instruments when they returned home, as well as when they return to the hospital. Some have said they use playing instruments to cope with the difficulties in their lives. Others say it helps them when they have pain. All of the kids say it makes them feel happier.”

About Shriners Hospitals for Children
Shriners Hospitals for Children is changing lives every day through innovative pediatric specialty care, world-class research and outstanding medical education. Our 23 facilities, located in the United States, Canada and Mexico, provide advanced care for children with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate. For more information, visit

Shriners Hospitals for Children is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and relies on the generosity of donors. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law.

In the photo at right: Robert Colbert presenting a guitar to Wilson at Shriners Hospital in Boston.

About Raising the Blues
Raising The Blues, Ltd. is a 501(c)3 non-profit charitable organization dedicated to bringing music to children undergoing medical treatment or recovery, and children with physical, emotional or educational challenges. Primarily through the use of Blues music, we seek to raise the spirits, abilities and aspirations of children who can benefit from musical enrichment and interactive musical opportunities.For more information, visit