The Kidd’s Kids and Music Meets Medicine Therapeutic Arts Room in Memory of Kidd Kraddick
In the early 2000s, my dad started a boy band and one of the members was J Mack Slaughter. J Mack and I became friends, a friendship we maintained even after he took off for LA to do the music thing. A few years later, J Mack returned to Dallas to pursue a career as an ER doctor, but he never lost his love of music. As a doctor and a music lover, J Mack knew the healing impact music can have, which is part of what inspired him to start his foundation, Music Meets Medicine.
Music Meets Medicine was created to bring music therapy to children in hospitals. I’ve seen how amazing music therapy can be for these kids. When you spend days, weeks and even months on end in a hospital, it doesn’t just take a toll on you physically. The emotional toll is really tough too. But music therapy gives kids a break from the doctors and the treatments. Music interventions can help them process and manage their feelings and emotions and it can help patients deal with the fear and the uncertainty. They learn how to heal their souls while the doctors focus on healing their bodies.
Thanks to Music Meets Medicine, children have been given instruments and lessons and have the opportunity to learn a skill and develop a hobby they can enjoy throughout their life. Learning to play an instrument gives you confidence, independence and determination. It can help build the self-esteem kids miss out on by not getting to play soccer or attend dance class.