Friday, January 02, 2009

Hospital music studio helps youngsters cope with cancer

Jalen Huckabay, right, contemplates the song she is writing as her mother Karen, left, waits outside the studio door at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston Friday. The hospital has a one-of-a-kind program that gives pediatric cancer patients a chance to create their own songs.

Pediatric cancer patients at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston can take a break from the stress of their disease and treatments by creating their own music at a special studio in the hospital. Some of the songs recorded through the Purple Songs Can Fly program have been featured on audio tracks aboard Continental Airlines flights and have been carried into space aboard the space shuttle. MSNBC/The Associated Press

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