Kids Rock Cancer was inspired by Purple Songs Can Fly, a successful program created and overseen by singer-songwriter Anita Kruse at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston.
Maryville modeled Kids Rock Cancer using an additional component: Music Therapy. With the only fully accredited Music Therapy program in the St. Louis area, Maryville was in a unique position to bring children at area cancer treatment centers together with a certified music therapist, who could help them use music and songwriting as a vehicle for expressing their emotions.
Kids Rock Cancer launched in November 2009 at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center when a 12-year-old boy named Tyler recorded his first song, “Faith Through My Weakness.” Tyler’s message of strength has since been echoed by more than 1,000 courageous children, each using music as a vehicle to express their thoughts and feelings.
Stange Law Firm, PC was proud to be a Diamond Sponsor of “A Night in Margaritaville.” Stange Law Firm, PC has sponsored numerous other events for Kids Rock Cancer. Kirk Stange has also been on the Advisory Council since 2013.