Posing with the new Angelina Jukebox are Child Life Zone Team members Steph, bottom left, Theresa, Marcella, and Matt, all of the Phoenix Children’s Hospital. The Child Life team includes 30 Child Life Specialists, 16 Child Life Assistants, and seven full-time school staff.
PHOENIX, AZ — Medicine heals the body. Music heals the soul. Angelina’s Song recently donated a TouchTunes Angelina Jukebox to the Phoenix Children’s Hospital in the Child Life Zone. A space designated for children, and their families, to help make a child’s hospital stay a little easier. The jukebox is available for free play so patients can listen to their favorite songs, create a community, and experience the power of music.
In addition to the Angelina Jukebox, the Child Life Zone features a state-of-the-art play space for a healthy escape. Children are able to enjoy a multi-use theater and gaming wall, get up and dance on the Garth Books performance stage, or create their own TV show in the interactive broadcast studio. Kids can unwind by playing billiards, air hockey or pinball, make crafts, cook, and retreat to quiet space. Children in the program experience less emotional stress, develop coping strategies, and gain a better understanding about hospital life in thanks to the Child Life program through crafts, special events, and time in the playrooms, according to the Phoenix Children’s Hospital website.
The jukebox makes a perfect addition to the Child Life Zone because music therapy can help promote positive self-esteem, self-care, creates feelings of control, and much more. Music can help children and families understand the pains, stress, and anxiety they may be feeling during their stay. But the power of music also creates community and friendships — whether that be playing instruments with a group or listening to your favorite song.
The TouchTunes jukebox honors and invokes the spirit of Angelina: Beautiful inside and out, intelligent, fun, and awash in music. A portion of proceeds for each Angelina jukebox sold is donated to Angelina’s Song.
Angelina’s Song is inspired by Angelina Miele’s battle with Synovial Sarcoma and honors her love to help children. Angelina and her family found comfort and motivation in music during her stays at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Music would get Angelina’s adrenaline going prior to chemotherapy or a procedure. She would sing her fight song to get through the long stays. Her family sang together for fun. The days music therapists would visit would make a boring day a happy day as they played instruments, laughed, and interacted in new ways.
Angelina’s Song aims to help children through the power of music while fighting for a cure. Angelina’s Song advocates for music therapy for pediatric cancer patients and raises money for childhood cancer research.
To make a donation to Angelina’s Song or to learn more, visit www.angelinassong.com/donate.
For more information about the Child Life Program at the Phoenix Children’s Hospital, visit https://www.phoenixchildrens.org/child-life/who-we-are.