Description & History

A Free Bird™ is a start-up non-profit organization dedicated to fighting childhood cancer through art and music therapy. We provide children aged 4-18, who are diagnosed with cancer, the chance to pursue their passion for the arts.

At A Free Bird, we see firsthand every day how impactful creative expression can be during the hardest time in a child’s life. The arts help them process complex emotions, find joy, and express things they can’t always say in words.

Therapeutic arts have also been found to have numerous benefits to physical and mental health:

  • In an examination of multiple studies, researchers found that creative arts therapies significantly reduced anxiety, depression, and pain in cancer patients, and improved their overall quality of life. (JAMA Internal Medicine, May 2013)
  • Other studies have shown artistic interventions to improve clinical outcomes, reduce hospital stays, reduce pain and improve moods in patients contending with chronic diseases. (American Journal of Public Health, February 2010)

Beyond the health benefits, arts education gives children something to look forward to during long days at the hospital, as well as a sense of personal accomplishment, a passion they can share with others, and an enduring love for the arts.

 

 

About the organization

A Free Bird Organization

Contact:
Human Resources
Human Resources
8772320122 ext: 803
Programs Department
Director of Programs Kalpana Patel
8772320122 ext: 801
Human Resources
Executive Director
8772320122 ext: 803
Organization’s website:
http://www.afreebird.org/