Sam’s Fans is on POINT Columbus
We have a new charity on POINT!
We are excited to announce that Sam’s Fans has joined the POINT family, ready to go with chances for you to join their work in the Columbus community.
What is Sam’s Fans?
Sam’s Fans is an Ohio-based organization with the mission “to support and enhance music and art therapy programs that serve seriously ill children and their families.” The mission and legacy of the organization is deeply personal – dedicated to Sam’s memory, her love of the arts, and the supportive role of music and art therapies during her long hospitalization.
Samantha Jane McCarthy (March 15, 1998 – October 15, 2009) loved art and music. Music therapy, in particular, was “one of the only things that brought her peace, joy and comfort” as she endured treatments for Fanconi Anemia at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, a diagnosis she received when she was 7 years old.
“No matter how sick or uncomfortable she was, when her music therapist knocked on the door, Sam would welcome him in with a smile.”
Nikki and Dan McCarthy founded Sam’s Fans “in honor of her life, legacy and love of music” in 2015. Since then, the efforts of the organization have had an amazing impact on the quality of life of patients and families like their own, with sponsored programs at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Cincinnati Children’s, Dayton Children’s, Flying Horse Farms and Akron Children’s Hospital.
Sam’s Fans also recently sponsored the regional music therapy conference for the Great Lakes Region of the American Music Therapy Association. Columbus-based music therapist Amber Bruns, MM, MT-BC, says that “music therapists in Ohio are so excited about what Sam’s Fans is doing to bring our services to children who need us. They’ve had a huge impact on music therapy programs all over the state.”
Music and art therapy can address the following goals for patients:
- Wellness promotion
- Stress and anxiety management
- Pain reduction
- Procedural support
- Providing an increase of opportunities for self-expression
- Promoting physical rehabilitation
- Acquiring and maintaining the ability to cope with hospitalization and healthcare experiences
- Helping patients and their families process grief
- Providing opportunities for positive interactions between patients and their families …and this is just a snapshot!
Feel a tug on your heartstrings? Get involved.
If you want to know more about art and music therapy, and how to join the great work of Sam’s Fans in your Ohio community as an Ambassador, they’ve provided a great opportunity for you on POINT — it’s 30 minutes and you don’t even have to leave your house! There are still spots left for their Virtual Session on Thursday, April 4th from 2-2:30pm EST. Sign up on POINT!
We think you’ll be blown away at their heart for kids and families, and are excited at the chance you have to get involved with how Sam’s Fans change lives!
Please visit samsfans.org to learn more about their mission and impact.