Jan 15, 2018 10:00 AM


McKayla Benson (left) and her family deliver her ukulele donation to HCI.
McKayla Benson (left) and her family deliver her ukulele donation to HCI.

McKayla Benson wanted to do a service project for her senior year of high school. She focused her project on something she loves—music.

“It’s easy to learn to play the ukulele and you can take them with you wherever you go,” she said. 

McKayla decided to donate ukuleles to the music therapy programs at Huntsman Cancer Institute and Primary Children’s Hospital. She wrote personal letters asking for support and sold Idaho potatoes before Thanksgiving to raise enough money to purchase 15 ukuleles for each program.

“I'm glad I got to share something so important to me with others and have them experience the many miracles of music,” McKayla said.

Music therapy can help cancer patients express emotions, find joy, and even ease pain and other symptoms. Huntsman Cancer Institute has three music therapists on staff who see inpatients, outpatients, and caregivers. 

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