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Taylor Swift Helps Bring High-Tech Music Therapy to CHOP

Taylor Swift Helps Bring High-Tech Music Therapy to CHOP

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Grammy Award Winner Taylor Swift is known to be a sweetheart on and off the stage. That’s why it’s no surprise she was featured as the Most Charitable Celebrity. The pop star latest good deed is bringing therapy to patients fighting cancer at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Swift donated $50,000 to the hospital, which will be used to create specialized programming for teens with cancer treated at CHOP’s Cancer Center. The first initiative will be to establish a high-tech music therapy cart for teens to create and produce their own music while they go through cancer treatment.

“We are thrilled that Taylor Swift has chosen to support The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Cancer Center,” said Steven M. Altschuler, MD, chief executive officer of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. “Her gift will help lift the spirits of many CHOP patients during a difficult time.”

In 2010, the Cancer Center at CHOP embarked on an Adolescent and Young Adult initiative, recognizing that outcomes for teen cancer patients are improved when they are treated by a comprehensive, multidisciplinary program of psychosocial services geared specifically towards teens rather than younger children. One important component to meet teens’ unique developmental needs involves providing emotional support and building resiliencies.

“Teenagers who are being treated for cancer have emotional and social needs that are different than their younger counterparts. They're facing a frightening diagnosis and treatment during what is already a time of great physical, social and emotional change,” said Stephanie Rogerwick, child life manager at CHOP’s Cancer Center.

“Taylor Swift’s music is an inspiration to so many of our teen patients,” said Lamia Barakat, Ph.D., psychologist and director of the Psychosocial Services Program at CHOP’s Cancer Center. “We can think of no better way to use her gift than to grow our Adolescent and Young Adult initiative designed to support the emotional well-being of our teens with cancer.”

Swift told MTV News that she is working on a follow up to her 2012 Red album.

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