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Music Therapy helps Craig patient return to her passions

November 19, 2015

Gracie Fisher was diagnosed with acute flaccid myelitis, a rare polio-like, paralyzing syndrome that affects the spinal cord. This disease has impacted 107 children between August 2014 and January 2015; Gracie is the 101st child patient to be diagnosed. Doctors don’t know why or how she was afflicted.

After stabilizing at her hometown hospital, Gracie was transferred to Craig Hospital in February 2015, joined by her parents and sister, for months of rehabilitation.

While she was at Craig, she participated in the Music Therapy program.

Gracie is an accomplished guitarist, pianist and cellist. Sarah Thompson, Craig’s music therapist; her assistive technology therapist; and the rehab engineering department worked together to help get Gracie the equipment needed to get back to the keyboard.

Gracie was able to play piano with a mouth stick and record music using an iPad app—a vital step to helping her return to her passions and regain a sense of normalcy. One of the first songs she recorded? Amazing Grace.

Gracie's Music Therapy Story

Many of the Craig Hospital programs that were instrumental to Gracie’s progress—like Music Therapy—rely on donor support. These innovative programs are an integral part of rehab at Craig, but are not reimbursed by insurance companies.

Donations to these programs fund staff, equipment and other operational costs, allowing Craig to provide cutting-edge, holistic care that helps individuals living with spinal cord and brain injury.

Please help us celebrate Gracie’s success—and the triumphs of all Craig patients and graduates—by making your gift to help patients Redefine Possible.

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The donor support is invaluable because it enables me to see patients regardless of their financial situation and it brings a service to people who otherwise wouldn't be able to afford it. Donors have given me so much freedom, I can totally focus on the patients and what they need.

SARAH THOMPSON, CRAIG MUSIC THERAPIST, MM, MT-BC, CBIS