A charity has come up with a unique way of bringing smiles on the faces of grimly ill children: it records personalized pop songs for children with serious and life-threatening conditions.
The thoughtful 'Songs of Love' charity has produced tracks for more than 17,000 children in the United States, and from next month, it will turn to hospital wards in the UK to bring the 'musical therapy' to Britain.
Every song composed by the charity's musicians is tailored to the individual child, with references to their hobbies, friends and pets weaved into the lyrics. They are recorded in the child's favourite style of music and delivered on a CD without charge.
The man behind the innovatively noble organization is John Beltzer, 49, who founded the organization 12 years ago in tribute to his brother who committed suicide.
Beltzer revealed that the songs provide a lift to vulnerable children when they need it most.
"Traditional musical therapy has been proven to have clinical value, but we have taken it a step further. The songs are often played at difficult times for the children - in the car on the way to the hospital or even during surgery - and they can play it on their iPods whenever they are feeling down," The Telegraph quoted Beltzer, as saying.
"To hear a one-of-a-kind song all about them mentioning their family and friends coming out of a boombox elevates the children's spirits. We are giving the children something that lasts forever," Beltzer added.