Giving Back by Music Despite Battling Cancer
After reading the story about a young man named James Orrigo who sings and plays guitar to raise money for kids to go to camp, I realized how wonderful and complex his story really was.
Not only does the money he raises go to kids to attend camp, but the kids who receive the money are those coping with cancer, sickle cell anemia or other serious illnesses. On top of that, his own mother has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. James, himself, suffered a severe traumatic head injury that involved him having to re-learn to speak and other basic functions.
This 21-year-old has had more than enough reason to sit back and feel sorry for himself, but instead has found the courage to bring smiles, joy and inspiration to those who can hear his music.
A documentary by of friend of mine, Scott Rondeau, titled The Gift of Music, re-invigorated my love and connection with music. It reminded me of the healing power of music, how it helps the soul and effects emotions and isn't just a treat for the ears, but also help people recover from injuries, illnesses and improve their ability to communicate.
Music is that vehicle that communicates with us all, beyond culture, beyond language barriers and helps us heal and just feel good.
It's a reminder that we each are in a battle of our own and a great way to help other people in our communities is to have compassion for all people's battles. Some may be battling physical challenges, others emotional, but they all have an impact on our lives.
Whether you listen to a song that inspires you, one that makes you nostalgic of a wonderful time in your life, or one that just makes you wanna get up and dance, I'm asking that you take the time today and celebrate to music. Not to mention, take the time to give back to your community in any way that you can.
If you're reading this, you have a wonderful gift you have called life. No time like the present to enjoy it!
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