Musicians On Call
Musicians On Call (MOC) brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities nationwide. MOC co-founders Michael Solomon and Vivek Tiwary organized a concert featuring Wynton Marsalis at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan as a thank you to a place that had cared for Kristen Ann Carr, Solomon’s late fiance. The concert’s effect on the hospital atmosphere was so uplifting, and so instantaneous, that they both decided they needed to bring such experiences to more people, particularly those who are too ill to leave their rooms. Then in 1999, Musicians On Call was born.
As the nation’s leading provider of live music in hospitals, Musicians On Call delivers the healing power of music through its Bedside Performance and Virtual Bedside Performance Programs, Music Pharmacy and Project Playback. The Bedside Performance Program brings Volunteer Musicians escorted by Volunteer Guides to hospitals to perform live music at the bedsides of patients. MOC’s Virtual Bedside Performance Program utilizes virtual conferencing technology to broadcast live programs directly to patients, hospital staff, and those in need of remote, live music. Through MOC’s Music Pharmacy, patients have access to tablets programmed with custom curated playlists featuring music that promotes positivity and healing in the hospital environment and top-of-the-line noise canceling headphones. Project Playback gives patients the chance to write and record their own original music with a Musicians On Call volunteer.
Artists who have supported Musicians On Call over the years include Bruce Springsteen, Dolly Parton, Keith Urban, Jason Derulo, Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Ed Sheeran, Kelly Clarkson, Darius Rucker, James Taylor, Gavin DeGraw, Pharrell, Camila Cabello, Amos Lee, Nick Jonas, Kelsea Ballerini, Charles Esten and many more. For more information on Musicians On Call, visit www.musiciansoncall.org.
Planet Cancer is a community of young adults with cancer in their 20s and 30s, connecting for critical peer support through a dynamic, interactive website and face-to-face weekend retreats. We gather and share information and resources that are specifically relevant to young adults with cancer, and advocate on their behalf in the clinical and research communities in order that their unique needs are both recognized and addressed.
Crazy Sexy Cancer
In 2003, 31-year-old actress/photographer Kris Carr was diagnosed with a rare and incurable cancer. Weeks later she began filming her story. Taking a seemingly tragic situation and turning it into a creative expression, Kris shares her inspirational story of survival with courage, strength, and lots of humor.
With experimental treatment as her only option, Kris became determined to find answers where there were none. She traveled throughout the country interviewing experts in alternative medicine as she tenaciously dove head first into a fascinating and often hilarious holistic world. Along the way, she met other vivacious young women determined to become survivors. Their stories are as poignant and exciting as the women who tell them. As Kris's amazing journey unfolds, she realizes that healing is about truly living rather than fighting.
Crazy Sexy Cancer is more than a film, it's an attitude! It's about rising to the challenge of life, and no matter what, refusing to give up who you are at your core. This story is as funny as it is frightening, as joyous as it is outrageous. Ultimately, Crazy Sexy Cancer is a thought provoking film about, friendship, love and growing up.
What's so SEXY about cancer? Nothing! It's about the women (and men) who have it, we're still whole, empowered, vibrant people - with or without the disease!