Kidd’s Kids CEO and Chief Happiness Officer Caroline Kraddick, along with Music Meets Medicine Founder Dr. J-Mack Slaughter, officially opened the doors of the Kidd’s Kids and Music Meets Medicine Therapeutic Arts Room in memory of Kidd Kraddick at Children’s Medical Center Dallas, the flagship hospital of Children’s Health.
The room is a special place where kids can look beyond healing their physical conditions and, with the help of music therapists, focus on some of the simple pleasures of childhood. Children’s Health employs board-certified music therapists, who are trained to use a variety of musical experiences to create a therapeutic relationship with patients and their family members. Patients will have access to musical instruments and music lessons, along with arts and crafts, while they receive treatment. The Therapeutic Arts Room, generously donated by Kidd’s Kids and Music Meets Medicine, in memory of Kidd Kraddick, will provide a space for children to learn, explore and, most of all, heal.
In 2013, Dr. Slaughter and Caroline Kraddick, with support from the nationally-syndicated Kidd Kraddick Morning Show cast and their loyal listeners, launched a campaign to raise $150,000 to create the room. The room is dedicated in memory of Caroline’s late father, Kidd Kraddick, who also mentored J Mack Slaughter in his “previous life” as a member of Kidd’s boy band “Sons of Harmony.”
“It’s incredibly rewarding to know that this room will be there to help some very special kids and their families focus on healing through the power of music,” said Dr. Slaughter. “We also will have the ability to help them use the time spent in the hospital to learn new creative skills.”
Caroline Kraddick said, “Thanks to Dr. J Mack Slaughter, the Kidd’s Kids Board of Directors, and of course, all of the Kidd Kraddick Morning Show listeners who contributed to this room to honor my dad. We have already made special memories here thanks to the power of music which brings us all together.”
The $150,000 raised was donated to Children’s Medical Center Foundation to outfit the room with musical instruments and art supplies. The funds will also be applied to securing the availability of certified music therapists and child life staff to work with hospitalized kids and their family members on increasing coping behaviors through expressive arts.