Many people use music to get through a bad time or to give them the power to fight back. Some people use music to put them in a good mood or to translate what they're feeling. Music Mondays is a recurring series featuring a playlist curated by a Valerie Fund kid, who in their own words, share what these songs mean to them.
Put on your headphones and join us for this month's Valerie Fund Music Mondays as we look at TVF patient Grace and mom Aubrey's playlist, "Rally Radio!"
Do you remember Grace? She was diagnosed with Germinoma Brain cancer in May, 2018 and received treatment at The Valerie Fund Children’s Center at Newark Beth Israel. This was the beginning of a journey that has already made an extraordinary impact on raising awareness for pediatric cancer.
Grace appeared on national TV with the First Lady during the State of the Union in February 2019.
Grace was the inspiration for Grace's House (click here to read all about it!).
She and fellow TVF patient Giulia gave a speech at The Valerie Fund Walk and JAG-ONE Physical Therapy opening ceremony in 2019.
Grace was even asked back to the White House during a summit on pediatric cancer.
Grace dropped the puck at a NJ Devils game earlier this year.
Grace and Aubrey are already gearing up for the 2020 Valerie Fund Walk & JAG-ONE Physical Therapy 5K coming on October 3rd. You can check out their team, GG's Angels, by clicking here.
Grace and Aubrey are also training for the The Valerie Fund Virtual Walk & JAG-ONE Physical Therapy 5K. You can learn more about this June 13th virtual event by clicking here.
Throughout Grace's journey, music has been a constant. Grace and her mom used music to get fired up, to get through rough patches, and more. Take a listen to Grace and Aubrey's "Rally Radio."
"These were what we used to rally on the way to the hospital for treatment and then through treatment days ... when G felt icky at night after treatment. We would also put on an energizing play list and dance to feel better. Most significantly was "Fireball" by Pitbull and John Ryan."
- Aubrey, Grace's mom
Player not working? Click here to see the playlist on Spotify.com.
"If in doubt, a good playlist can help any mood."
- Aubrey, Grace's mom
During this difficult time of the COVID-19 pandemic, The Valerie Fund remains dedicated to the children battling cancer and blood disorders. We are in this together and continue to treat every child who needs our help.
We are in this together. #BecauseofValerie
Register today for the 2020 Valerie Fund Walk & JAG-ONE Physical Therapy 5K being held on October 3rd in Verona Park.