Kollaboration celebrated the holiday season by spreading some cheer by caroling at the UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital inside the Ronal Reagan UCLA Medical Center on Monday, December 21st 2009. Caroling took place down the Children’s Hospital hallways in front of the patients’ rooms. Pediatric patients were able to join the carolers from their hospital beds through opened doors. It was a rewarding experience for everyone that participated, as carolers got to witness the bravery of children battling with advanced and often harsh therapies and treatments. Despite weakened physical conditions, the Mattel pediatric patients and their families were in strong spirits and chimed in their own variations of “Jingle Bells”, “Santa Clause is Coming to Town” and other holiday favorites.
Kollaboration staff members were accompanied by former Kollaboration 9 performer, Hip Hop and Jazz Violinist Paul Dateh (http://pauldateh.com) who recently returned from his Tokyo tour and Kollaboration Acoustic 3 performer, Gerald Ko a.k.a Singindork888 (http://www.youtube.com/user/singindork888) who came in support despite his busy work schedule.
Video and camera footage of the caroling event was omitted to safeguard the privacy of the pediatric patients and affiliates at the Mattel Children’s Hospital. The event was made possible thanks to Ms. Vanya Greene, the Music Therapies Coordinator and for more information on Mattel Children’s Hospitals ongoing music therapies for pediatrics and other volunteer opportunities please visit: http://www.uclahealth.org/body_volunteer.cfm?id=68