Music therapist Tracie Sandheinrich works with cancer patient Bethany Kelly, 12, at Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital as part of Maryville University's Kids Rock Cancer program. ©Photo by Jerry Naunheim Jr.

Kids Rock Cancer Named 2017 Charity for Biomedical Systems

Maryville University’s Kids Rock Cancer program has been selected by Biomedical Systems, a St. Louis-based global provider of centralized diagnostic services, as the company’s 2017 charity. The nonprofit organization will be supported through volunteerism, advocacy and fundraising.

“Maryville University’s Kids Rock Cancer program will benefit greatly from the support of Biomedical Systems,” said Liz Haynes, director of special programs at Maryville University. “The company’s generous support means children and teens undergoing treatment for cancer and other blood disorders will have the opportunity to work with a music therapist, free of charge, to compose and record their very own song. The program provides our ‘rock stars’ with an emotional outlet and a distraction from their treatment. We look forward to partnering on many events throughout 2017.”

Working with area cancer treatment centers, Kids Rock Cancer helps children in the St. Louis community successfully cope with the emotional challenges that occur when they or a loved one have been diagnosed with cancer or other blood disorders. Using music as a therapeutic tool, Kids Rock Cancer music therapists help participants combat feelings of anxiety, depression, uncertainty and helplessness by helping them compose and record songs.

Now approaching its seventh anniversary, the program has helped 975 participants write and record more than 745 songs on CDs to keep and cherish.

“We are thrilled to select Kids Rock Cancer this year as our charity of focus. We believe their mission of providing an emotional outlet and fostering self-expression for kids and teens affected by cancer and other blood disorders highlights an important need for these patients. We are particularly drawn to this organization as we serve some of these very same patients by facilitating new treatments through our work with clinical trials. Perhaps together we can help address both the medical and emotional needs of these kids,” said Tim Barrett, CEO, at Biomedical Systems.

Biomedical Systems will promote fundraisers and events throughout the year in support of Kids Rock Cancer. The company’s goal is to raise funds for the organization, and to raise awareness for the young participants and their families.


About Kids Rock Cancer

To learn more and hear actual song recordings by some of the participants, visit


About Biomedical Systems

Biomedical Systems is a premier global provider of centralized diagnostic services. Founded in 1975, Biomedical Systems has grown to be a leading clinical trial provider to pharmaceutical, medical device, biotech, and CROs. Its comprehensive clinical trial solutions include cardiac safety, pulmonary function, imaging, eCOA and scientific affairs.

Biomedical Systems’ corporate headquarters is located in St. Louis. For more information, visit