The Kidd’s Kids and Music Meets Medicine Therapeutic Arts Room in Memory of Kidd Kraddick

Music has been a part of my life as long as I can remember. Piano lessons, voice lessons, music playing throughout the house … My love of music is one of the greatest gifts my father gave me. Music has literally filled my life. Music is so powerful and can do so much for your soul. Including heal it. Something I know a little about, firsthand.

My dad has been gone 4 years today. In so many ways it’s still surreal. There are so many things I wish I could tell him and share with him. And some days, it’s easy to let myself fall into that dark place. The “not good” place. But then I remember how blessed I am. I look around and see the legacy my dad left for me and I want to do the same for him.

Kidd Kraddick Therapeutic Arts Room

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.

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There is a therapeutic arts room at Children’s Medical Center Dallas and J Mack and I have had a dream to name the room “The Kidd’s Kids and Music Meets Medicine Therapeutic Arts Room in Memory of Kidd Kraddick”, in honor of my dad. I love the idea of having a permanent place in Dallas that pays homage to my dad. My dad spent so much time volunteering at Children’s and music was such a big part of his life; I know he would be thrilled to have a place to share his love of music with so many kids.

Starting today, the 4th anniversary of my dad’s passing, I’m starting a campaign. Kidd’s Kids is partnering with Music Meets Medicine with the goal of raising $70,000 between now and August 22. We’ve been privately fundraising for a while, but now I’m asking for your help. The money will be used to fund a permanent therapeutic arts room for the patients at Children’s Medical Center Dallas. A place where kids can look beyond healing their physical conditions, and with the help of the music therapists, focus on healing the whole child. The Kidd’s Kids and Music Meets Medicine Therapeutic Arts Room in Memory of Kidd Kraddick will provide a space for children to learn, explore, and most of all, heal.

Please help us to achieve this goal in honor of my dad. Donations can be made through the Kidd’s Kids website as well as text to donate (text KIDD to 52000). And if you can’t donate, please spread the word! Every share gets us a little closer to our goal. We’ll be taking donations through August 22 (my dad’s birthday) and making this room happen is about the best gift I can think to give him!

xo,
Caroline

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