$10,000 grant brings more music to help heal at Mary Free Bed

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – The four-year-old music therapy program at Mary Free Bed continues to climb the scales with the number of people it can help. Thanks to a new grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the hospital can now make these healing notes available to even more patients. The $10,000 grant will allow Mary Free Bed to add a part-time music therapist to the staff.

“We are so happy and honored that the National Endowment for the Arts appreciates how music therapy can help our patients,” said Maria Besta, Mary Free Beds Manager of Recreational Therapy and Wheelchair and Adaptive Sports.

There is currently only one full-time music therapist on the team, and as of 2018 they have been able to treat hundreds of patients. However, many others have requested the magic of music to help them recover from serious injury or illness.

“Now we can help even more patients recover with music therapy as part of their rehabilitation,” Besta said.

The money was part of $1.7 million awarded to 168 organizations through Challenge America’s grants.

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