Pediatric Patients at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital to Benefit from Concert at The Ark

Ann Arbor, MI – Pediatric patients and their families at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital will benefit from an upcoming concert being held at The Ark on April 6th. All funds raised during this special evening will support the Micah Smiles Fund for Music Therapy at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. The Music Therapy program provides comfort, joy and peace to pediatric patients and their families, many of whom are experiencing incredibly difficult medical treatments, surgeries and terminal illnesses.

C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital has tripled the reach of its music therapy program in recent years with help from the Micah Smiles Fund. The Micah Smiles Fund was established in December of 2012 in memory of Micah Canvasser, who spent 10 months at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. Micah and his family treasured the music therapy program during Micah’s hospitalization. When Micah passed away, his family wanted to help bring the healing sound of music to more families, and so the Micah Smiles Fund for Music Therapy was born. image-3

The Micah Smiles Music Fellow, Susan Smiddy, explains, “As a board-certified music therapist at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, I work directly with patients and families to enhance their quality of life during their hospitalization. There is nothing more beautiful than to see my pediatric patients smile or light up, whether it’s while playing an instrument, writing their first song, or singing their favorite song. It’s truly an honor to be part of these children’s lives and to see the joy that music can bring to them during their hardest times.”

Last year, 10 year-old Malea Hill, who was born with Dialated and LVNC Cardiomyopathy, went into heart failure and was hospitalized at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital for months awaiting a heart transplant. During this difficult time, the music therapy program uplifted Malea’s spirits and kept her positive during life’s most difficult moments. Last summer, Malea received the Gift of Life: a new heart. Malea shares, “Music therapy helped me to cope with everything going on with my heart, and I felt so much happier when I was able to sing with Susan.” Thanks to Malea’s  bravery and passion for music, she will perform during the Micah Smiles Benefit Concert on April 6th.

The April 6th benefit concert at The Ark will feature Acoustic Eidolon, who tour around the world with their melodies that blend Celtic, Folk, World and Latin music into one amazing musical feast.

The Micah Smiles Fund is grateful to the benefit concert’s sponsors:

Delta Air Lines
First Comes Love Photo
Mary & Gary Vonck
Pinckney Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM
University of Michigan Credit Union

The benefit concert will also hold a silent auction before the show and during intermission, featuring items from local businesses and artists, including:

Adam Plomaritas
Art by Judy Clement Wall
Bigalora Cucina
Detroit Zoo
Elephant Ears
Five Monkeys Bakery
Frita Batidos
Grizzly Peak Brewing Company
Guitar Center
Hilton Garden Inn Ann Arbor
Kevin Smith
Leslie Napolitano
Litzenberg Family
Mary & Gary Vonck
Main Street Ventures
Simply Stitched By Gina
The Lunch Room
The Little Seedling
Zingerman’s Coffee Co.

All proceeds benefit the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital’s Micah Smiles Fund for Music Therapy. Benefit concert tickets can be purchased by visiting The Ark’s website. Sponsorship and donation opportunities are still available, please reach out for more information.