I know first hand how awesome FYF is! In 2007 I was blessed with two beautiful twin boys born with a horrific disease known as EB. I was at the end of my rope and losing hope that I would be able to get my babies to the best physicians for their condition. Then along came FYF. They are my living angels. Some how, some way, they found out about my situation and got us out of NJ and to California to Stanford University. Although no miracle was found, I was able to get the piece of mind knowing that I did everything possible to save them. My two short months with Kyle and Zack are so precious to me. I cannot find the words, nor do I think there is any, to express my sincere gratitude to Steve Young and his amazing team and angels (Michele to this day keeps in touch with us which means so much to me)!!! During our visit to California, Steve Young let us stay in his home, supplied us with experienced help to educate us on how to care for my sons. Knowing how stressed we were, he even gave my husband and I a few hours to go out on a date, something we had not done in a very long time. I thank God everynight for bringing them to me!!!
I've been to several of their events and they are hands down my favorite each year. It's run by amazing people who work hard to make a difference in the world we live in. Keep up the great work!
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My daughter Mia has grown up in the hospital all her life. For 15 years we have been in and out of the hospital every 3 weeks, and do you know what helps her to feel better? Getting to go do fun stuff in the Forever Young Zone & going to Sophie’s Place, the music therapy room. It gives her something to look forward to during our long hospital days, and Mia had the best time when her friends visited her during summer and they all went to Sophie’s place to jam out and sing together. Music is healing, plain and simple. I am forever grateful to Cardon’s for providing spaces like these for kids who need a distraction from all the pokes and procedures. Mia was able to celebrate her 100th blood transfusion with friends, family, & the news crews in the Forever Young Zone a few years ago. Those memories will be cherished forever!
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I am amazed by the amount of good these people do for the world! The team at Forever Young Foundation are generous and wonderful people!
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How great that Steve and Jerry team up to provide top of the line media equipment for kids living in underserved communities. Helping to even the “academic” playing field and provide current relevant opportunities.
The other referencing the Forever Young Hospital Zone... Providing a place for children to play and be creative / active where they are free from treatments and testing.
Gotta love the #8to80zone
I was absolutely floored to see what the Forever Young Foundation was doing. Sophie's Place is a part of their organization and is making tremendous strides with their movement to promote healing by using music. Just being at the ribbon cutting ceremony for their newest location at Sutter Children's Center in Sacramento, CA was a life changing experience. I would encourage you to read my story to really understand the magnitude of how they are truly making a difference.
I love the Forever Young Foundation! They do so much good for kids around the country and world. They recently established Sophie's Place which is a music therapy program to help kids heal. I am especially grateful for Sophie's place because my 18 year old nephew Davis, who in non verbal and has tuberous sclerosis and autism, has benefitted from the amazing music therapists at Primary Children's Medical Center. One day at the hospital my sister and my nephew had 90 minutes to kill between appointments so they visited Sophie's Place. Davis immediately sat down at the piano and was SO happy to play the two notes that he always plays, C&G. One of the therapists sat down next to him with her guitar and they did a duet together which Davis loved. He even made eye contact with her and loved the experience. My nephew spends a lot of time crying to communicate because he has no other wait to express what he wants and needs. I am so grateful that Sophie's Place helped my sister have an amazing 90 minute experience with my nephew in a time that could have otherwise been very difficult!
The Forever Young organization helps so many kids with disabilities. I am a mother of a child with special needs and it is so important to have an organization like the Forever Young. Thank you for make such a big difference in not just the children's life but the whole family!
Sophie's Place is a beautiful tribute to a life that left us too soon. Now, through Sophie's Place, children will forever be soothed and healed through music therapy in her honor. Music therapy is such a gift to those children.
I have seen many beautiful moments and lives changed because of The Forever Young Foundation. They are committed and seek to help children in any situation in which they are struggling, whether due to disease, hospital stays, or just to bring smiles in ways not otherwise obtainable by the children, this organization is there for them. They seek to find a way to make a situation better and if they cannot change it, they will make the children forget about it even if its just a little while. Nothing but love and joy comes from this organization.
I have been following the Forever Young Foundation for a number of years. We have attended the annual Taylor Family Foundation events - and just love all the work Steve Young & his talented network are doing. Recently, I saw the Sophie's Place music Therapy van. I was overwhelmed with the forward thinking - and how music therapy could help people in recovery. I've been spreading the word to help educate people - as I had no idea the impact this program had. GREAT job FYF for thinking outside the traditional box and reaching so many people in need. We need more of this forward thinking for our community.
I can't say enough great amazing things about Sophie's place. I am a mother with a child with autism and I know the importance of having music therapy. It helps our children with disabilities in ways that other therapies can not. These children can't relate though music. I just wish every children's hospital had a Sophie's Place!