Coach Coughlin’s Foundation Teams up with Amazon Music to Create Celebrity/Athlete Curated Playlists for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
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Originally published: 09/04/2021
The Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation and childhood cancer patients in New York, New Jersey and Jacksonville, FL are partnering with Amazon Music to create playlists curated by celebrities and athletes to raise awareness about the emotional and psychological impact a childhood cancer diagnosis can have. have on a child and family.
TODAY featuring Hoda & Jenna co-hosts Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager, 2X US Women’s World Cup winning coach Jill Ellis, Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Craig Robinson, GRAMMY-Award winning duo The Chainsmokers, NC Courage and US Women’s National Team champion Jessica McDonald New York Football Giants Levine Toilolo, Mark Herzlich and Kevin Boothe paired with pediatric cancer patients, survivors and parents to create inspiring, empowering and healing playlists that underlined the power of music.
Throughout September, music lovers and supporters and advocates of childhood cancer can find a variety of playlists on Amazon Music Unlimited to feel the groovy vibes of Craig Robinson and cancer survivor Lexy’s “Cra-Lexus”; being lifted by Talen and Mark Herzlich’s “Healing Praise”; join The Chainsmokers and the Berglunds to commemorate and celebrate the lost loved ones with their “Jake’s Joy” tribute playlist; get ready to dance to the “Princess Courage” playlist created by cancer patient Camilla, Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager; feel the power of “Soul Connections” created by cancer patient Shariah and Jill Ellis; getting pumped up with cancer patient Leon and Levine Toilolo’s “Pre-game workout”; have some “Sunny Days” with Meleah and Kevin Boothe; and sing and dance in the car to Sa’Nyla and Jessica McDonald’s “Courage Throwback.”
“I am so grateful that so many celebrities and athletes took the time to create these playlists with our cancer patients and cancer survivors,” said Tom Coughlin, 2X Super Bowl winning coach and co-founder of the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation. “No one fights cancer alone; it takes a team, and I want to thank Amazon Music and everyone involved for being part of us.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 15,000 people under the age of 20 are diagnosed with cancer each year. That is 43 children diagnosed with cancer every day. Cancer does not discriminate. Its impact has been felt in every community in the US and has left a devastating emotional and financial toll on the families tackling the disease.
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Music connects us in a special way. Research has shown that music can reduce stress and anxiety and change and alter our moods in a positive way. And music therapy has long been used to help pediatric cancer patients reduce pain and anxiety and improve their emotional health and well-being.
“Music helps patients bond socially, emotionally, and with other patients,” said Lee Russeth, MS, CCLS, Senior Child Life Specialist at Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center. “In an environment where patients often have few decisions to make, music allows them to choose which instrument they want to play, sing, dance or just sit back and listen. They are free to express their emotions while relieving their pain. And, it’s so important to remember, music is for fun too! It’s the normalizing factor that helps them get through their treatment.”
The Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation has supported more than 5,000 families on their cancer journeys and provided more than $15 million in financial assistance to families in northeastern Florida and the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area.
Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation helps keep families at home, food on the table, the lights on and much more. When a family is tackling childhood cancer, the Jay Fund provides comprehensive financial, emotional and practical support. A non-profit organization founded by 2X Super Bowl-winning head coach Tom Coughlin, the foundation was established in 1996 in memory and spirit of the late Boston College football player, Jay McGillis, who lost his battle with leukemia. From diagnosis to recovery and beyond, the Jay Fund is part of the team, allowing parents to focus solely on their child’s well-being. The mission is to BE THERE for parents facing the unthinkable so they can BE THERE for their child. To date, the foundation has provided more than $15 million in financial aid and helped more than 5,000 families.